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QCup Rd 18 Norths 30 Easts 22

Norths Devils are now just one competition point outside the top five after a late surge saw them topple the Easts Tigers 30-22 at Bishop Park.
QCup Rd 18 Norths 30 Easts 22
by NRL

Norths Devils are now just one competition point outside the top five after a late surge saw them topple the Easts Tigers 30-22 at Bishop Park.

In a typically physical clash, two tries to the home team inside the final 15 minutes broke the back of a gallant Tigers outfit which was forced to finish the match with 15 men.

Workhorse backrower Kenny Bromwich left the field in the first half with a depressed fracture of the eye socket, while young winger Corbin Kiernan suffered a broken ankle.

Easts assistant coach Craig Ingebrigtsen was proud of his team's effort but said they didn't play to the conditions.

"We battled away ... defensively I thought we were actually pretty good considering the amount of ball they had," he said.

"But we didn't play that smart today; when we had the wind (at our backs) we tried to get out of our end with footy instead of getting to a kick and gaining territory that way."

Broncos contracted hooker Kurt Baptiste was a constant threat for the Devils along with live-wire fullback Dan Ogden, while Dunamis Lui produced a tireless display at prop.

The Devils took a 12-10 lead into the sheds and had all the momentum firmly in their corner thanks to prop Scott Anderson, who barged over in the 45th minute.

With field position and possession heavily favouring the Devils, only some desperate defensive plays saw the Tigers avoid further damage on the scoreboard.

Remarkably, Easts summoned enough energy to mount an inspired surge of their own - an Eddie Tautali bust paved the way for a Leon Panapa try in the corner in the 62nd minute.

They then went back-to-back when a last-tackle solo stepping effort from inform five-eighth Cody Walker snatched a 22-18 lead.

However, the Devils locked up the score line via Joel Bailey, who snuck under the guard of Easts fullback Corey Thompson to pounce on an in-goal grubber.

Bailey then remained cool under pressure in blustery conditions, converting his own try from the sideline to regain the lead for Norths.

They then put the result beyond doubt when Brendon Gibb crashed over despite a dubious fumble en route to the line.

The loss means Easts drop to fifth on the ladder but Ingebrigtsen said the equation was simple ahead of the clash with fourth-placed Tweed Heads at Langlands Park on August 5.

"We'll just have to win our next couple of games. But it's up to us; our destiny is in our own hands."

NORTHS DEVILS 30 (Daniel Ogden, Joel Bailey, Brendon Gibb, Kurt Baptiste, Scott Anderson tries; Joel Bailey 5 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 22 (Eddie Tautali, Corbin Kiernan, Cody Walker, Leon Panapa tries; Cody Walker 3 goals) at Bishop Park.

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