Tigers too good for Dolphins in grand final rematch

A battle between two of the competition's premium hookers highlighted this afternoon's Anzac round clash at Langlands Park. 

The game was preceded by an Anzac ceremony that saw both sides inspired to perform. 

Aaron Booth and Jake Turpin were firing in a gritty clash that saw EastsTigers emerge 16-12 victors in a replay of last year's grand final.

Turpin's Dolphins had the better of the first 40 minutes, putting plenty of pressure on the Tigers.

They scored their sole first half try in the 29th minute when Jeremy Hawkins finished off a slick back line movement to cross in the left hand corner before bringing the ball round to dot down under the post.

The Dolphins could have and, with the possession they had, probably should have scored a number of other first half tries.

Jake Turpin in action. Photo: QRL Media
Jake Turpin in action. Photo: QRL Media

Hawkins had the chance for a first half double through an almost identical try, however the final pass went forward and this was to be the story of the day for the Dolphins.

The Tigers had opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Josh Ralph took the ball at first received, went step, step and was through the defence to score beside the posts.

Bryce Donovan and Booth converted their team's opening tries and the half time score was 6-6.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the second half with a try to hard running forward Patrick Kaufusi.

Patrick Kaufusi in action. Photo: QRL Media
Patrick Kaufusi in action. Photo: QRL Media

They kicked very well in general play, keeping the Dolphins defence on the back foot and earning three line drop outs.

They are too good of a side to not score with that much possession and Kelma Tuilagi scored the match winning try in the 70th minute.

The Dolphins let the ball flow when they had it and kept Tigers defence stretched from sideline to sideline.

They were in the game right to the final seconds, however, as with the first half, mistakes at crucial moments stopped them from making the most of the opportunities they created.

Jamil Hopoate meets Easts Tigers defence. Photo: QRL Media
Jamil Hopoate meets Easts Tigers defence. Photo: QRL Media

For all their free flowing play, the Dolphins sole try in second half came in the 53rd minute when big James Taylor barged over.

Donovan also converted this try to round out their 12 points for the day.

Their best on ground were Turpin, Donovan and Nathan Watts.

Tigers coach Scott Sipple will be happy with his team's ability to get the two competition points today in what was a scrappy game.

It may not have been a pretty win, but it does not really matter how you win, only that you do.

The best Tigers players on ground were Kaufusi, Booth and sparkling fullback Matt Cooper.

Tigers face Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Round 9. 

Redcliffe Dolphins will host Burleigh Bears.