Strong Tigers to present challenge for Mustangs

Round 4 of the Under 20 Hastings Deering Colts competition kicks off at 12.30pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 30) with the Mustangs travelling to Langlands Park to face the Tigers.

The Darling Downs side are chasing their first win after suffering a 46-16 Rivalry Round loss to the Sunshine Coast Falcons last weekend.

Their opponents the Easts Tigers however come into this weekend’s game in good form after putting in an incredible performance to claim a 40-8 win over the Ipswich Jets at North Ipswich Reserve last weekend.

The game saw second rower Gabriel Hamson score in the third minute while fullback Luke Self scored a double.

Their team mates Zac Teevan, Kieran Mundine, Dario Takitaki and Dray Ngatuere-Wroe also got their names on the score sheet for the Tigers team.

Luke Self of Easts Tigers. All Photos: Margaret Keates Photography Easts Tigers
Luke Self of Easts Tigers. All Photos: Margaret Keates Photography Easts Tigers

Coach Ben King said he was impressed with his side’s performance and how the players were coming together as a group – taking into consideration out of the 38-man squad, 24 players were new to the team.

“We came out on the weekend with plenty of energy, had good push on the footy and created several opportunities from that which was very impressive,” King said.

“We know our completion rate in the second halves could be improved and this showed on the weekend.

“Our forwards laid a good platform for us and our outside backs managed to capitalise off it.

“The younger guys are bringing experience and I just expect them to improve as they get used to the standard throughout the season.

“Dray Ngatuere-Wroe has been really good for us, controlling all our games so far and given us good communication on the field showing us his class and I just expect him to get better and better.

“The team is a good bunch of guys who have bonded well from pre-season and are all coming along pretty well, with players who have come from Darwin, Sydney and out West.

“It’s just a matter of them playing more footy together and their combinations will grow.”

Elsewhere, Round 4 will also see the Jets take on the Pride, Dolphins host the Magpies, Capras take on the Seagulls; while the Falcons will be at home against the Devils.

The Mackay Cutters travel to take on the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the Townsville Blackhawks and Burleigh Bears will close the round at Jack Manski Oval with their 2.20pm match-up.