Easts stunned the Ipswich Jets this weekend with a close 38-30 win in front of the Tigers’ home crowd at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.
With the score locked at 16-16 at halftime, this ball game was going to be far from over and fans knew these two sides still had more left in the tank.
“I knew we had to hang in as it would be a tough second half and I only had made a few interchanges so we could have fresh legs as it would be important to get a good start in the second half,” Tigers coach Jason Di Lizo said.
‘They got the little things right’
The two sides scored 36 points combined in the second half, to leave the home fans satisfied and happy the Tigers were able to continue their winning streak which is now three in a row.
“We have had a lot of injuries, we simplified the game plan and I was pleased with the way the boys were working so hard for each other and were able to grind it out,” Di Lizo said.
“It is good to be sitting in fourth spot after the injuries and changes we have been making to the team and now we have three wins in a row.”
With a new halves combination going into this game, Di Lizo was pleased with his side’s performance and the way they played in attack and defended their line.
“Their attitude was great and they got the little things right and at this time of the year this is what we want to be seeing with finals coming up at the end of next month.”
The Tigers young FOG’s Colts players Connor Jones and Frank Fualema came into the side to fill in for injuries and both scored double tries.
“Connor had played a Colts game before this one and was able to back his performance with another good one,” Di Lizo said.
“Frank has been training with our side leading into this game, he was a bit apprehensive in the first half but he started up in the second and was able to create some movement.”
“They were not just filling in a gap but they were contributing to the side and that was great to see.”
After this weekend’s win the Tigers are sitting in fourth spot and will be guaranteed another two points this weekend with a much deserved bye, which is the last of the split round.
The Jets, who are in second spot, will play their round five game against the West Brisbane Panthers this weekend to kick off this round on Saturday at Kev McKell (Arana Hills) at 3.30pm.
The Valley Diehards ended their four streak win going down to the West Brisbane Panthers 12-26 and the Normanby Hounds proved too much for Logan Brothers winning 34-16.