Easts Tigers joined the Sunshine Coast Falcons on 31 points in equal third place after a big win over the Tweed Heads Seagulls to finish the Intrust Super Cup Round 22 clashes.
It was not only the score line and manner of the victory that will have fellow finals contenders taking notice, but looking at the team lists there is plenty of quality despite losing some players to their NRL feeder team Melbourne. The Sunshine Coast also have to deal with that, but easts did it the better this weekend.
Tweed Heads didn’t score their first points until Lindon McGrady scored the only try of the afternoon for Tweed Heads two minutes after resuming 26-0 downm at the break. Easts had scored five unanswered tries in the first half, with the fun starting in the fourth minute through winger Jarrod McInally, who went on to complete a hat trick. Amongst those try scorers were Melbourne golden point hero Brodie Croft and Easts golden point hero Brayden Torpy.
Easts piled on four more tries after the break, as Young Tonumaipe’a and Billy Walters got in on the action either side of the second and third tries to Jarrod McInally. The end 44-4 result was ruthless, and keeps them in the hunt for a top two finishing position. Tweed Heads must win one more game minimum to finish higher than last.
EASTS TIGERS 44
Tries: Jarrod McInally (4m), Shane Neumann (12m), Brodie Croft (20m), Brayden Torpy (28m), Jake Foster (39m), Jarrod McInally (48m), Young Tonumaipe’a (52m), Billy Walters (59m), Jarrod McInally (71m)
Goals: Brayden Torpy 4/9 Conv
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 4
Tries: Lindon McGrady (42m)
Tweed Heads moved off the bottom of the Intrust Super Cup ladder for the first time in 2017 courtesy of a bye and a Capras loss.
The Seagulls season has seen a number of losses, which explains the lowly ladder position, but in amongst the losses have been wins against two competition leaders at the time in Redcliffe and PNG. The win against the Hunters especially impressive as it was in Port Moresby.
Whether Tweed Heads annoy another top 6 this weekend remains to be seen, but do meet the Tigers after a loss to their local rivals at Wynnum last weekend. Prior to that the Tigers were going very well, climbing as high as equal second with the Falcons. They should defeat Tweed Heads, but the Seagulls can avoid the wooden spoon if they keep winning, so have something to play for too.
1. Leon Ellia-Niukore 2. Jarrod McInally 3. Shane Neumann 4. Conor Carey 5. Young Tonumaipe’a 6. Billy Walters 7. Brodie Croft 8. Steven Thorpe 9. Luke Lavelle 10. Mark Nicholls11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Robert Rochow 13. Jack Svendsen 14. Matt Zgrajewski 15. Charlie Galo 16. Mat Pitman 17. Brayden Torpy 18. Maeli Seve 19. Tekina Vailea
Coach: Scott Sipple
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. Jayden Baker 2. Regan Ogle 3. James Wood 4. Kurtis McDonald 5. Peter Lee 6. Lindon McGrady 7. Phoenix Hunapo 8. Carne Doyle-Manga 9. Samuel Meskell 10. Ben Nakubuwai 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 12. Tristan Lumley 13. Keegan Hipgrave 14. Samuel Saville 15. Dane Clarke 16. Eddy Pettybourne 17. William Johnstone 20. Jenan Parrish
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
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