There can be fewer tougher tests in the Intrust Super Cup than facing the Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Kougari Oval on a Sunday afternoon, with a packed crowd and the Chook Pen in full voice. This was the challenge the Tigers faced and passed on Sunday as they came away with a hard fought 32-24 win.

Led by Liam McDonald, celebrating his 150th Intrust Super Cup game, Club Captain Matt Zgrajewski and Felise Kaufusithe Tigers forwards dominated the highly rated Wynnum pack and ensured that, with the defence rolling backwards, the Tigers creative triumvirate of Shaun Nona, Brentt Warr and Tom Butterfield would have time and space to weave their magic.

And weave magic they certainly did, between the three of them they either scored or threw the last pass for all of the Tigers six tries.

A barnstorming five try first half included a 9th minute try to Richie Kennar after a Shaun Nona cut out pass put him into space down the right.

Tom Butterfield scored his usual try from dummy half and made countless long probing runs from dummy half that the Wynnum defence did not seem to have an answer for. He also orchestrated a lovely run around play that saw him turn provider for Mahe Fonua to score.

One player who was much more heavily involved this week, and the Tigers looked more dangerous for it, was Brentt Warr. He is quickly becoming known as a mesmerising runner of the ball and this was exactly how he scored his try. Off a scrum win in their own half Mahe Fonua surged 30m upfield, Liam McDonald then made 15m before Warr took the ball at first receiver and jinked 25m through the Wynnum defence to score.

Wynnum contributed one try to the half with Matthew Smith dotting down after a long run from Patrick Templeman. Tigersfullback Donald Malone put his body on the line and sent Templeman flying into touch but not before he dropped the ball for Mitch Buckett to toe it in goal for Smith to dot down.Mathew Seamark converted and the Seagulls had their 6 points.

The Tigers were not done with the first half though, with Shaun Nona finding a hard running Felise Kaufusi on the left and putting him into a gap to score beside the posts. Nona converted two of the Tigers first half tries and the teams went to the sheds with the scores at 26-6.

The second half was only five minutes old when the Tigers resumed normal service, with Nona this time finding Jake Foster, as he so often does, looking for work on the left edge. As with the Kaufusi try to finish the first half Nona went to the line before popping a lovely short pass to his straight hard running forward to score.

At the 9 minute mark Wynnum were penalised and Nona slotted the goal to take the Tigers out to a 32-6 lead. Tiger’sfans could have been forgiven for celebrating at this point, however it is unlikely many were as Wynnum are well known for tenacious comebacks from exactly this sort of position.

In an exhilarating ten minute period they scored three converted tries to take the score from 32-6 to 32-24 and ensure that none of the packed crowd was leaving early. The first was a near length of the field effort between Pat Templeman and Peter Gubb before Matthew Grieve trailing on the inside took the pass to score under the posts.

There was an element of luck in their next try when an Easts dropped ball sat up nicely in goal for big Mitch Frei who only had to put a hand on it to claim the points.

Wynnum’s last try was another long range try, started by an off load from John Te Reo who was one of their best all day. Te Reo found Greg Eden unmarked on the left and he made30m before passing in field to Matthew Smith, following up, as all good halves do, to take the return pass and score under the posts.

There was an element of luck in their next try when an Easts dropped ball sat up nicely in goal for big Mitch Frei who only had to put a hand on it to claim the points.

Wynnum’s last try was another long range try, started by an off load from John Te Reo who was one of their best all day. Te Reo found Greg Eden unmarked on the left and he made30m before passing in field to Matthew Smith, following up, as all good halves do, to take the return pass and score under the posts.

Much of the Tigers success this season has been built on their defence and that defence was nothing short of herculean for the last 13 minutes at Kougari as Wynnum Manly threw everything they had at the Tigers. Cheered on by an incredibly vocal crowd Smith, Seamark and Te Reo tried every trick in the book, however on this occasion 17 courageous Tigers players simply wanted it more than Wynnum.

EASTS TIGERS 32 (Richie Kennar, Mahe Fonua, BrenttWarr, Tommy Butterfield, Felise Kaufusi, Jake Foster tries. Shaun Nona 4 goals) def WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS (Matthew Smith 2, Matthew Grieve, Mitchell Frei tries.Mathew Seamark 4 goals)