THE Sunshine Coast Falcons were helpless to stop an Easts Tigers juggernaut that rolled out to record a 50-6 win a Langlands Park yesterday.
It could be argued that no team could have stopped the Tigers in their first home game yesterday, such was their sparkling form.
Every pass stuck and every bounce was a good one – and Easts had the talent to ensure that each chance afforded to them was taken.
Things started calmly enough with the forwards testing each other out – before Tim Glasby started the flow of points with his first try in the eighth minute.
From that moment, Easts put together a perfect first half to set up the win; with further tries to man of the match Cody Walker, captain Steven Thorpe, a second each to both Glasby and Walker, one to Maeli Seve and the first of his two for the afternoon for Jarrod McInally seeing them enter the halftime break leading 34-0.
After hardly touching the ball in the first half; the Sunshine Coast enjoyed their best passage of play after the break and were finally able to get on the board with a try to Jaz Nahu Main after they were able to put some rare sustained pressure on the home side.
Their defence in the initial stages of the half was also improved; with the inexperienced side guilty of hanging off the ball carrier in the first half – much to their detriment. Tigers’ five-eighth Walker caused most of the headaches, with the Falcons unable to shut him down.
In the end however, their early work in defence was telling as the classy Tigers ran in three more tries to McInally, Richie Kennar and Shane Neumann to notch a half-century.
This weekend, the Tigers will take on Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval, while the Sunshine Coast will have to dig deep when they face the challenging task of playing the undefeated Norths Devils at Bishop Park on Sunday.
EASTS TIGERS 50 (Jarrod McInally 2, Cody Walker 2, Tim Glasby 2, Richie Kennar, Shane Neumann, Steven Thorpe, Maeli Seve tries; Cody Walker 5 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 6 (Jaz Nahu-Main try; Ryan Hansen goal) at Langlands Park