The Easts Tigers continue their great run towards the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder with another impressive win over the Mackay Cutters on Saturday afternoon.
After beating the Sunshine Coast last weekend with a late field goal, things were a little more comfortable this weekend against Mackay who came into the game on a 4 game unbeaten run.
The home side scored after two minutes, and through PNG International Tommy Butterfield in the 18th minute, but were pegged back five minutes later when Mackay Cutters scored their first of the afternoon. 10-4 was as close as the Cutters got as Easts took control of the game thereafter.
A Linc Port try before half time, and a quickfire 5 minute double by Gerard McCallum just after half time had the Tigers well in control with half an hour to go. Mackay grabbed themselves a consolation try in the last few minutes, but by then the Tigers had already scored another, and secured two valuable points in their chase of the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder.
The win sees Easts get within 1 point of 3rd placed Redcliffe, while the Cutters are just hanging on for a finals spot.
EASTS TIGERS 34
Tries: Shane Neumann (2m), Tommy Butterfield (18m), Linc Port (29m), Gerard McCallum (43m), Gerard McCallum (48m), Jarrod McInally (63m)
Goals: Brayden Torpy 4/6 Conv, Jarrod McInally 1 Pen
MACKAY CUTTERS 10
Tries: Nick Hynes (23m), Lona Kaifoto (76m)
Goals: Jack Joass 1/2 Conv
An important game kicks off the weekend at Suzuki Stadium Langlands Park when Easts Tigers welcome the in form Mackay Cutters.
There will likely be less general interest in the game this weekend, after last weekend saw Nate Myles turn out for the Tigers, but this will be just as important to both clubs.
The Tigers kicked a last minute field goal to beat Storm stablemate Sunshine Coast in a 17-16 thriller, a result which saw them get within two points of the Falcons. They remain fourth, and even a win won’t see them climb any higher due to for and against. A loss could see them drop to sixth.
A Tigers loss is what the Cutters will be hoping to hand out, and the Mackay based side do arrive in good form having been unbeaten in 4 games. That run includes three wins against teams in the lower half of the ladder, but does include a draw against Townsville. They are 5 points shy of sixth place, but a win here will keep them in the race for another week.
Previous 2017 Result – Mackay 33 Easts 10
1. Gerard McCallum 2. Linc Port 3. Shane Neumann 4. Conor Carey 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Billy Walters 7. Brayden Torpy 8. Steven Thorpe 9. Chris Ostwald 10. Matt Zgrajewski 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Adam Crear 13. Jack Svendsen 14. David Murphy 15. Charlie Galo 16. Mat Pitman 17. James Salter
Coach: Scott Sipple
1. Jack Joass 2. Johnny Faletagoa’i 3. Semisi Tyrell 4. Kellen Jenner 5. Yamba Bowie 6. Nicho Hynes 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Braden Uele 9. Aaron Booth 10. Nicholas Brown 11. Andrew Davey 12. Setaimata Sa 13. Thomas Murphy (c) 14. Jacob Pottinger 15. Bennett Leslie 16. Kouma Samson 17. Leonati Feiloakitau-Fetuani 18. Jack Blagbrough 19. Lona Kaifoto
Coach: Steve Sheppard
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