Walker shines as Tigers show class

Easts Tigers five-eighth Cody Walker appears to be a man determined to make up for lost time.


The 23-year-old playmaker missed the start of the season due to a shoulder reconstruction but since lacing on the boots in Round 9 has rocketed to the top of the Intrust Super Cup point scoring table.


His personal haul of 22 points which included two tries and seven goals helped the Tigers to a convincing 50-10 win over Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles on Sunday afternoon.


Walker (132 points) now leads Northern Pride speedster Kyle Feldt by two points on the 2013 leading scorers' leader board.


The Casino Cougars junior was one of two Tigers to grab a double against the Sea Eagles, with Melbourne Storm contracted Ben Hampton also touching down for two tries.


Easts coach Craig Ingebrigtsen admitted the Tigers were a little flat early but was pleased with how his side approached the second forty.


Once we reassessed at halftime we came out in the second half and played some really good footy, he said.


(The message was) just play direct, we got a bit lateral with our ball movement. But we talked about it; if we played straight wed get over the top of them through the middle.


The coachs word rung true as Easts finished with the wind in their sails, running in five tries in the final 16 minutes.


Some stellar support play saw Hampton grab his double, before a sneaky offload from Lagi Setu set up centre Shane Neumann for a try on the fulltime hooter.


But it wasnt all smooth sailing for Easts, Sunshine Coast dominated field position and possession early and levelled at 6-6 when centre Rowan Klein cut back on the inside to find space.


Easts took a 16-6 lead into the sheds and extended their lead further when hooker Tom Butterfield snuck over from dummy half.


But some off-the-cuff enterprise saw the Sea Eagles respond via Dale Middleton on the left wing to reduce the deficit to 22-10.


However, it proved just a blip for the home side as they ran away convincing winners.


The only downside for the Tigers was an injury to fullback Eddie Tautali, who left the field midway with an ankle complain midway through the second half.


Easts win sets up a tantalising local derby with Wynnum Manly at Kougari Oval the bayside Seagulls have risen to fourth spot on the ladder following a strong 34-18 result over Central Queensland.


Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles return home to face Souths Logan Magpies next Saturday afternoon.


EASTS TIGERS 50 (Cody Walker 2, Ben Hampton 2, Jacob Paul, Shane Neumann, Maeli Seve, Tom Butterfield, Tim Glasby tries; Cody Walker 7 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST SEA EAGLES 10 (Rowan Klein, Dale Middleton tries; Ryan Hansen goal) at Langlands Park.