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QCup Rd 20: Tigers tough it out against Bears

It may not have been pretty but given the hotly-contested race for finals footy it was definitely valuable.
QCup Rd 20: Tigers tough it out against Bears

Ethan James

It may not have been pretty but given the hotly-contested race for finals footy it was definitely valuable.

In a scrappy encounter at Pizzey Park, Easts Tigers held out a determined Burleigh Bears outfit to register a 24-18 victory and secure an important two competition points.

Ahead 22-6 in the early stages of the second half, it looked as if the visitors were on track to rattle up a substantial score.

But on the back of ill-disciplined errors, back-to-back tries saw a plucky Burleigh side fight their way back into the contest and narrow the margin to just four points.

However, in scenes perhaps symptomatic of their year to date, the Bears were unable to execute the killer play with the game in the balance.

Easts’ five-eighth Cody Walker slotted a penalty goal in the final few minutes to give the Tigers their fifth win from the past six matches.

“It was a bit scary at the end but we hung in and that’s the main thing. Three or four weeks ago we probably get beaten in that situation �" we toughed it out which was good,” coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said.

“We were under the pump for a fair while but I thought we reacted well. We kept turning them away and finished on top in the end.”

With Melbourne Storm contracted players Mahe Fonua, Kenny Bromwich and Lagi Setu all late withdrawals, 21-year old FOGS Cup graduate Jacob Paul made his top grade debut in the centres.

“He had a fair bit of traffic thrown at him and they targeted that side but he did well,” Ingebrigtsen said.

Paul was ably supported by winger Ryan Pooley, who came up with a number of important reads in defence and drew specific praise from the coach.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Ryan today, he came in off his wing well and snuffed out a lot of opportunities.”

Burleigh opened the scoring when skipper Darren Griffiths surged over but the Tigers were quick to level courtesy of a rampaging run by prop Mitch Garbutt.

They increased their lead when Walker pounced on a charge down before Maeli Seve finished in the corner on the stroke of halftime.

Seve then opened the scoring in the second before the Bears mounted a comeback thanks to Jamie Anderson and Gold Coast Titans-contracted fullback Jordan Rankin.

The Tigers face Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Langlands Park next Sunday afternoon, while Burleigh have the bye.

Post-match, Ingbrigtsen highlighted one key area for improvement ahead of the Sea Eagles clash.

“Our ball retention was pretty ordinary, so that’s something we’ve got to work on.”

Easts Tigers - 24
Tries: Maeli Seve 2, Cody Walker, Mitchell Garbutt
Goals: Cody Walker 4

Burleigh Bears - 18
Tries: Jamie Anderson, Jordan Rankin, Darren Griffiths
Goals: Jordan Rankin 3

The team that took the field:
1. Eddie Tautali 2. Maeli Seve 3. Jacob Paul 4. Shane Neumann 5. Ryan Pooley 6. Cody Walker 7. Ben Hampton
8. Steve Thorpe (c) 9. Tom Butterfield 10. Mitch Garbutt 11. Dane Hogan 12. Tim Glasby 13. Matt Zgrajewski
Interchange: 14. Liam McDonald 15. Brett Zgrajewski 16. Liufau Hala 17. Isaac Kaufmann

Easts Tigers 30 (Jack Joass, Josh Jerome, Liam Tyson, Adam Marr, Leon Panapa tries; Jack Joass 5 goals) defeated Ipswich Jets 16 (Michael Garvey, Luke Pollock, Zeb Nuuola tries; Khan Ahwang 2 goals)

FOGS Colts
Easts Tigers 40 (Nathan Bassani 2, Brandon Downey 2, Kurt Hatfield, Tom Ingersole, Mitchell Moore tries; Brandon Downey 6 goals) defeated Burleigh Bears 10 (Jackson Luke, Caleb Morehu tries; Conor Toia goals)


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