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'We have come into some good form in the back end of the season' - Tigers coach Ian Gough

Easts Tigers have proven they are finals contenders with an impressive 44-6 home win against the Ipswich Jets last weekend at Suzuki Stadium.

The Tigers went into the sheds at halftime with an imposing 22-0 lead, keeping the Jets on the back foot well into the second half where they were not able to score until the 52nd minute.

The Tigers coach, Ian Gough, said that his side were finding form at the right time in the season.

“We have a few players in the Brisbane Rugby League side and have had some injuries, but the players that were out there did a really good job,” Gough said.

“Usually we do not play consistently for the full 80 minutes, but for this game we had great control and played consistently well.

“Ipswich were the first to score in the second half, but we got made sure we got back on top and grinded away to get the win and the boys really deserve it.”

Twin doubles

Tigers captain and fullback Jacob Teevan and centre Zakaria Taibi scored a double each to extend their side’s lead and rub salt in the Jets wounds.

“Jacob as our captain always leads from the front, he is a good kid, he has been with the club for about three to four years now and always gives it his best,” Gough said.

“We got Zakaria from our Melbourne Storm Academy and he has been very consistent since he has come into the side.”

Next obstacle

The Tigers will travel to the Souths Logan Magpies home turf at Davies Park for their clash this Sunday, kicking off at noon.

The last time these two sides met was in Round 9 and it was a sorry affair with the Tigers going down 14-32 in front of their home crowd. They will be hoping to do the same to the Magpies fans this Sunday.

“We will be working on our defence and also our attack, but in particularly our defence,” Gough said.

“We have come into some good form in the back end of the season and we need to make sure we do not let it slip away now.” 

Other matches

Round 19 will kick off on Saturday with the Norths Devils hosting the Tweed Heads Seagulls at Bishop Park at 2pm, while Ipswich Jets will take on the Sunshine Coast Falcons at North Ipswich Reserve at 2.30pm.

Also on Saturday, the Toowoomba Clydesdales will host the Burleigh Bears at Pittsworth DJRL at 3.30pm and the Wynnum Manly Seagulls will take on the Redcliffe Dolphins at BMD Kougari Oval, also on Saturday, at 2.30pm.

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