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Tigers too good for Capras in Rocky

The Easts Tigers proved too good for the CQ Capras in Rockhampton, claiming their 10th victory of the season with a convincing 42-16 result.

CQ Capras were looking to turn around their poor start to the season, having not won a match match since the opening round of the competition.

Easts Tigers powerhouse forward Aaron Pene lined up against his former club after recently signing a contract with the Melbourne Storm, whilst former CQ Capras forward Bill Cullen also lined up against his old club after a recent mid-season transfer to the Easts Tigers.

It was a weekend of milestones for the Walters clan with Jack Walters making his Intrust Super Cup club debut for the Tigers, after brother Billy Walters made his NRL debut for the Storm on Thursday evening.

It took Tigers just 60 seconds to register first points with halfback Sam Foster crossing for a try.

Soon after Melbourne Storm’s new recruit Isaac Lumelume crossed for his first try in the Intrust Super Cup.

The points continued for Easts in the form of Jarrod McInally who found his way over line, scoring his fifth try of the season.

It took the home-side 17-minutes to score their first points of the match through second-rower Shaun Ezzy.

Six minutes later, Tigers flyer McInally crossed for his second try of the match.

The points continued for Easts with another Storm recruit in Solomone Kata crossing for a try to give the Tigers a 22-point buffer at the break.

Eight minutes into the second half, the former New Zealand Warriors centre had his second try of the match.

Things went from bad-to-worse for the home-side after Capras winger Troyson Bassini was sent to the sin bin in the 54thminute.

It was all one-way traffic for the away-side with Tigers five-eighth Dray Ngatuere-Wroe capitalising on the one-man overlap in attack, crossing for a try in the 63rd minute.

With 12-minutes remaining on the clock, Capras form player BJ Aufaga Toomaga crossed for his fifth try of the season. However, the Tigers answered back immediately after with McInally scoring his third try of the match.

Capras interchange forward George Grant crossed for a consolation try with three-minutes remaining.

Easts Tigers coach Scott Sipple was impressed with his team's performance.

"I though we started well and our front-row pairing of Sam Lavea and Max King, along with hooker Chris Ostwald in his 50th Intrust Super Cup game were outstanding" Sipple said. 

"Chris looked dangerous every time he ran the ball, whilst our rookie half Dray Ngatuere-Wroe was very good in his debut game.

"He kicked and tackled well and he didn't look out of place playing against men."

Next week, Easts Tigers will host the Ipswich Jets at Langlands Park on Sunday, at 3pm. 

The Capras will host the Mackay Cutters in their Round 17 match.