A seven try blitz has seen the Easts Tigers thump the Dolphins 38-4 in their Round 11 In Safe Hands Cup clash.
The Dolphins got on the board first through two early penalty goals to lead 4-0 but didn’t score again as the Tigers ran in 38 unanswered points.
A Jack Walters dart from dummy-half led to the first Easts try, while Curtis Dansey-Smaller went over untouched for the first of his three tries shortly after.
It looked like the Tigers were over again on the right side but instead, the ball went to the left with some wonderful perpetual motion between the forwards with superb support play giving left winger Aaron Piddock a clean path to the try line for a 14-4 lead at halftime.
It was a familiar position for the Dolphins, who have trailed and attempted comebacks many times this year, and they needed to produce in the second 40 to steal a much-needed win with their finals hopes slipping away.
It wasn’t to be however; as the Tigers picked up where they left off before the break and piled on the points.
A mid-field bomb from Easts was regathered by Piddock, who fed the ball to his back-rower Jack Peoples who pirouetted nicely and finished off the routine with a lovely flick pass to right centre Keenan Yorston to score.
The Dolphins looked poised to score a try of their own, but a handling error five metres out was pounced on by the Tigers as Dansey-Smaller powered all the way to the northern end to score his second of the day.
The pretty boys were putting all the points on for the Tigers until the rampaging Justin Fai went over to give his forward team mates something to bring a grunt of approval for.
It wasn’t long before the backs brought some elegance back to the try-scoring stage as Yorsten drew two defenders before another flick pass for Dansey-Smaller to majestically sail through the air to complete his hat-trick in the right corner.
That try was the final touch on a big Tigers win, their second in a row.
Also in Round 11, the West Brisbane Panthers responded to last week’s loss to the Magpies by putting the Diehards to the sword at Kev McKell Oval 46-10 in their top-of-the-table clash.
Finally, the defending premiers Wynnum Manly returned to form with a 40-18 win over the Magpies.
Round 11 results
Tigers 38 (Curtis Dansey- Smaller 3, Aaron Pidcock, Jack Walters, Keenan Yorston, Justin Fai tries; Brandon Downey 5 goals) defeated Dolphins 4 (Oscar Carter 2 goals)
Panthers 46 (Jordan Brown 2, Shane Pumipi 2, Kyle Van Klaveren, James Olds, Evander Cummins, Eddie Tautali, tries; James Olds 7 goals) defeated Diehards 10 (David Fauid, Sam Collins tries; David Frith a goal)
Seagulls 40 (Rashaun Denny 2, Harlan Collins, Jack Goodsell, Edwin Ipape, Eliott Vincent, Reece McKenzie-O’Brien, Brad Mana tries; Reece McKenzie-O’Brien 4 Goals) defeated Magpies 18 (Luke Burton 2, Benaiah Bowie, Vesi Sa’u tries; Josh Bowyer goal)