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Second half blitz lift Eagles to big win

Mt Gravatt Eagles ran in 34 unanswered points in a second half demolition to defeat Capalaba Warriors 54-10 in the Rugby League Brisbane Southside 3 competition on Saturday.

Eagles stalwart lock forward Barney Tiki Tiki led from the front in an Eagles side that finished the season in an admirable third spot.

Tiki Tiki gave Mt Gravatt an early lead after only two minutes when he broke free of the Warriors defence to crash in and score.

Three minutes later, Lenu Kaspar stepped his way through the Warriors line to further increase the score for the home side.

Fullback Nick Obodin was proving a handful at the back for the Eagles. The powerful custodian made easy metres with his powerful runs and the Warriors were struggling to contain him.

Tricky halfback Ricky Biles was at his best again for the Eagles, setting up a superb try for winger Trent Torpy who had some work to do before crossing in the corner.

Despite the early onslaught, Capalaba were forging ahead full of spirit which paid dividends when they crossed in the 26th minute through diminutive hooker Caleb Frogley who dummied his way over the Eagles line.

The Warriors subsequent raid resulted in more points one minute later, when centre Wally Saveo broke free of the defence to race away and score.

Mt Gravatt would regain their momentum on the stroke of halftime when centre Ryan McIntosh burst through an open gap to finish off a terrific solo and take the Eagles to the break leading 20-10.

An avalanche of points in the second half killed off any chance of a Capalaba comeback from the outset.

Within one minute of play in the second stanza, Tiki Tiki scored back-to-back tries lifting the Eagles and making them hungry for more points.

The elusive Biles again linked up with his winger Torpy who was superb on the flanks and crashed in again for a near identical try from the first half.

Eagles fullback Obodin chimed into the backline for an Eagles special crossing out wide to further increase the score line.

Despite being outclassed on the day, the Warriors were courageous in a losing side, fighting until the final whistle.

Hooker Frogley, halfback Brad Vincent and lock Luke Passmore were Capalaba’s best, with each providing inspiration throughout the game.

However, the Eagles were still hungry, and the rampage continued in the 58th minute with replacement Chris Micklewright crossing for the easiest of tries, followed by Thomas Scorer who wrapped up the big win right on the fulltime siren.

Full results, standings and fixtures for all senior Rugby League Brisbane competitions can be viewed here.

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