Rebuilding Tigers post rewarding victory
THE Easts Tigers broke a four-game losing run last Saturday with a 32-24 victory over the Ipswich Jets in their FOGS Colts Challenge clash at Langlands Park.
Their first win since round 17; the defending premiers have struggled to find form in a season where only two players remain from the side that defeated Redcliffe in last season’s decider.
Coach David Krause was pleased with his side’s performance, labelling the win as a reward for hard work and a product of getting the little things right.
In bringing up just their fourth win for the year, Krause reiterated that seeing his players improve and progress through the FOGS Cup and Intrust Super Cup competitions was more important than winning premierships.
With three rounds to go and finals out of reach, the Tigers coach said his side would look to “rain on the parade” of those teams still in the hunt; starting this weekend, when they host equal-fourth placed Tweed Heads Seagulls at Langlands Park on Sunday.
Last weekend’s other Colts matches saw Burleigh secure the minor premiership with a 34-20 victory over second-placed Redcliffe, while Wynnum Manly moved into a three-way tie for fourth following their 46-10 thumping of Tweed Heads.
Meanwhile, Souths Logan’s 40-28 win over Toowoomba kept the Magpies in touch with the top four.
Round 24 action begins on Saturday when Burleigh host Souths Logan at Pizzey Park, while at Stockland Stadium the Falcons take on the Devils in what shapes as a crucial game for both sides with three matches remaining.
On Sunday, the Dolphins will look to bounce back when they travel to BMD Kougari Oval to take on Wynnum Manly, and Easts meet a Tweed Heads outfit looking to make amends for last weekend’s loss.
In the FOGS Cup, ladder-leaders Redcliffe fell to Norths Devils 20-6 at Dolphin Oval, while Wynnum Manly’s 22-12 victory over Souths Logan saw them join the Dolphins at the top of the table. Both sides remain two wins clear of Easts in third, who accounted for the Jets 28-6 at Langlands Park on Saturday.
This weekend, it’s first versus last when Redcliffe travel to Leo Williams Oval to tackle Carina on Saturday. Sunday’s matches will see Easts play host to Souths Logan at Langlands Park, while Wynnum take on Norths at BMD Kougari Oval.