EASTS TIGERS 34
Tries: Linc Port (12m), Linc Port (18m), Billy Walters (23m), David Murphy (28m), Billy Walters (44m), Steven Thorpe (49m), Gerard McCallum (75m)
Goals: Adam Crear 3/7 Conv
CENTRAL CAPRAS 26
Tries: Vic Halfpenny (4m), Krys Freeman (34m), Tony Tumusa (53m), Nathan Bassani (68m), Nathan Bassani (76m)
Goals: Tony Tumusa 3/5 Conv
Two sides fresh from a bye meet in Rockhampton on Saturday night, and the Capras will surely love a win. They have been unable to build on a few good results a few rounds back when they beat the Pride and were unlucky to only draw against the Blackhawks. Despite just the four wins there has been a lot of good performances in 2017, the previous encounter against the Tigers was an example where they were right in the game but ultimately beaten 36-24.
The Tigers continue doing what they do best, and that is being a constant force in and around the top 6. It helps to have Melbourne affiliated players like Brodie Croft and Curtis Scott, both of whom impressed for the Storm last weekend, but then you see their halves pairing features PNG international Tommy Butterfield and the excellent Billy Walters and a quality players like Linc Port on the wing and you see there is more than just a Melbourne feeder side.
Questions over their ability to win in North Queensland have been answered with good wins in Cairns and Townsville this season, although there was sizeable loss in Mackay. There is likely not going to be much between these sides on Saturday.
2017 Result – Easts Tigers 36 Central Capras 24
1. Tony Tumusa 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Oliver Percy 9. Krys Freeman 10. Jack Kavanagh 11. Marco Delapena 15. Vic Halfpenny 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 12. Guy Williams (c) 14. Maipele Morseau 16. Phill Nati 17. Junior Kirisome 18. Billy Gilbert 19. Liam Pickersgill
Coach: Kim Williams
1. Gerard McCallum 2. Linc Port 3. Shane Neumann 4. Conor Carey 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Billy Walters 7. Tommy Butterfield 8. Mat Pitman 9. Chris Ostwald 10. Matt Zgrajewski 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Charlie Galo 13. Jack Svendsen 14. David Murphy 15. Liufau Hala 16. Luke Lavelle 17. James Salter 18. Brandon George
Coach: Scott Sipple
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