With Benji Marshall set to make a decision on his future within the next week, the Wests Tigers' stand-in skipper delivered a timely reminder of his value by helping his side overcome controversy to snatch victory against the Raiders on Saturday night.

While he didn't produce the trick-shots he's now synonymous with, Marshall's goal-kicking and a late field goal, as well as his leadership, guided his inexperienced Tigers to a 17-12 win at a wet and miserable Campbelltown Stadium after a controversial try awarded to the Raiders handed the visitors a 12-6 lead midway through the second half.

While most of the talk coming out of the night was about the four players who were sent from the field in an ugly brawl during the Holden Cup game, Tigers coach Mick Potter applauded Marshall for his ability to overcome a week of speculation surrounding his future to help the joint venture club to their third win in four games.

"He takes speculation and criticism personally and that's why he purposely avoids the spotlight because it's easy to have a shot at him," Potter said.

"I'm pleased for him because he's a leader among us. He never stops trying and never stops trying to improve and I'm pleased that he helped us to a large degree to win that game. He was in school when he played first grade here and he loves the joint. He's a pleasure to coach."

The Tigers looked set to suffer their 10th loss of the season when Canberra's Anthony Milford was awarded a try in the 58th minute, despite replays showing fullback Reece Robinson had been allowed to play on and set up the try after he was brought to the ground by Blake Ayshford.

However referees Adam Devcich and Alan Shortall deemed Robinson wasn't held in the tackle, awarding the controversial try to give the Raiders a 12-6 lead with 22 minutes remaining.

But the Tigers, through tries to Joel Reddy and Tim Simona and a field goal to Marshall, managed to claw their way back from the adversity and end Canberra's two-game winning streak with a 17-12 victory.

Tigers coach Mick Potter dodged a fine in the post-match press conference when he was asked if his side was unlucky to have had that try awarded against them. He said: "I'm not sure if it's luck, I wouldn't be able to say . . . I haven't got the cash."

Later quizzed on the try, Potter said the decision to award Milford the four-pointer wasn't his major gripe with the officials. "I put myself in the other coach's shoes and I asked myself was he tackled and I thought it was a 50-50 call," Potter said.

"That wasn't my major beef tonight. I know it did put us behind by six points because they scored under the post but that wasn't my major beef [with the referees]."

"Representative duty stripped the Tigers of their best two players this season – Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah, while the Raiders had to do without Josh Papalii (Origin) and Blake Ferguson (suspension), and the rain in the second half only diminished the quality of football.

For the fourth time this season the Tigers were unable to attract a crowd in excess of 10,000, but the 7833 in Campbelltown was narrowly better than the 7125 fans who braved the miserable conditions at Leichhardt Oval against the Cowboys in round 11.

Chris Lawrence, who injured his hamstring at the same ground against the Broncos back in round seven, made his return off the bench but it didn't take him long to leave his mark on the game.

Unfortunately it wouldn't have been the type of impact his coach would have liked, with Lawrence put on report for a high tackle on Canberra halfback Josh McCrone in the 37th minute.

However Potter believes Lawrence has little to answer for, describing it as "just a rubbish report".

Just as it looked like the Tigers' luck was beginning to turn with injuries, they were dealt a huge blow just before half-time with their only dummy half, Masada Iosefa, taken from the field with a suspected broken arm suffered in a tackle on David Shillington.

The Tigers are expected to get fullback James Tedesco back for their clash with the Storm at Leichhardt next week.

WESTS TIGERS 17 (D Nofoaluma J Reddy T Simona tries B Marshall 2 goals B Marshall field goal) bt CANBERRA 12 (S Earl A Milford tries J Croker 2 goals) at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Referee: Alan Shortall, Adam Devcich. Crowd: 7,833