Poor home form continues to hold back Canberra Raiders, whose finals hopes were dealt a hefty blow by Wests Tigers.
Canberra Raiders' NRL finals hopes dangle by a thread after they threw away a half-time lead for the second week running to go down 20-18 against Wests Tigers at the Canberra Stadium.
Raiders were in dire need of a victory on Monday to keep alive their hopes of extending the season but came unstuck against a Tigers outfit buoyed by their win over Melbourne Storm last time out.
Monday's hosts have now won just two of 10 home outings in the NRL and remain 11th - four points off Canterbury Bulldogs in eighth - with David Shillington sent off late into his landmark 200th NRL appearance.
The visitors led through a Sauaso Sue try 13 minutes in before substitute Shannon Boyd came off the bench to turn the half around - going over twice to ensure an eight-point half-time lead.
Shortly after his second try, Boyd hurled the ball at James Tedesco on the ground, but the Tigers man responded with a superb score early in the second half following a quick 20-metre tap from Mitch Moses.
Tigers kicker Pat Richards missed his second conversion attempt but the Catalans-bound 33-year-old shimmied in from the left to touch down before eventually finding his range with the boot.
Richards became the first player to kick 1,000 goals in first-grade competition when he added the extras to his own try, although the Raiders hit back through Jarrod Croker following an impressive exchange between Jack Wighton and Josh Hodgson.
However, the Tigers had the final say as Tedesco and Tim Simona laid on a try for Luke Brooks, allowing history-maker Richards to seal the win with the boot.
Things got worse for the home side late on when Shillington saw red for a headbutt on Aaron Woods, becoming the first NRL player to be dismissed since 2013.