Tigers pounce back against Magpies

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THE Easts Tigers roared back into form last Sunday, bouncing back from their round 4 defeat at the hands on the Sunshine Coast with a 38-20 win over the Souths Logan Magpies at Tapout Energy Stadium.

The Tigers led from the get-go, with prop Jon Taylor-Hinds opening the scoring for the home side who posted three straight tries to start the match before the Magpies got on the board mid-way through the first half thanks to fullback Wilson Bennett.

Easts took an 18-10 lead into the break and in a move that would have pleased coach Matt Church, they scored the first points of the second half by again posting three tries in succession to put a dampener on any thoughts of a Magpies comeback.

Leading 32-10, they did let the visitors back into the game with Junior Taefu grabbing his second and lock Kieran Duffin also crossing before a second try to opposing lock Jordan Perese with two minutes to go put the icing on the cake for the Tigers.

This weekend, they will need to up their game if they are to become the first side to upset the Burleigh Bears this season.

The Bears crushed last year’s premiers Redcliffe 52-4 at Dolphin Oval with Tom Sly, Sam Grant and Jenan Parrish all scoring doubles in the victory. Grant accompanied his four-pointers with eight goals and is well out on top of the leading try scorers race, with eight tries and 25 goals so far for a total of 82 points so far this season.

The competition’s other undefeated team Wynnum Manly also kept their unbeaten run alive with a 32-8 win over the Falcons. Hooker William Hanley ran in for two tries in the victory at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

The Seagulls will host the Ipswich Jets at 10am this Sunday in the first of a full day of FOGS Colts matches which will be bookended by the Bears v Tigers match.