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QCup Rd 21: Tigers win fifth straight at Langlands

Easts Tigers five-eighth Cody Walker appears to be a man determined to make up for lost time.
QCup Rd 21: Tigers win fifth straight at Langlands

Ethan James

Easts Tigers five-eighth Cody Walker appears to be a man determined to make up for lost time.

The 23-year-old playmaker missed the start of the season due to a shoulder reconstruction but since lacing on the boots in Round 9 has rocketed to the top of the Intrust Super Cup point scoring table.

His personal haul of 20 points - which included two tries and seven goals - helped the Tigers to a convincing 50-10 win over Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Walker is now tied in first place with Northern Pride speedster Kyle Feldt on 132 points for the year.

The Casino Cougars junior was one of two Tigers to grab a double against the Sea Eagles, with Melbourne Storm contracted Ben Hampton also touching down for two tries.

Easts coach Craig Ingebrigtsen admitted the Tigers were a little flat early but was pleased with how his side approached the second forty.

“Once we reassessed at halftime we came out in the second half and played some really good footy,” he said.

“(The message was) just play direct, we got a bit lateral with our ball movement. But we talked about it; if we played straight we’d get over the top of them through the middle.”

The coach’s word rung true as Easts finished with the wind in their sails, running in five tries in the final sixteen minutes.

Some stellar support play saw Hampton grab his double, before a sneaky offload from Lagi Setu set up centre Shane Neumann for a try on the fulltime hooter.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Easts, Sunshine Coast dominated field position and possession early and levelled at 6-all when centre Rowan Klein cut back on the inside to find space.

Easts took a 16-6 lead into the sheds and extended their lead further when hooker Tom Butterfield snuck over from dummy half.

But some off-the-cuff enterprise saw the Sea Eagles respond via Dale Middleton on the left wing to reduce the deficit to 22-10.

However, it proved just a blip for the home side as they ran away convincing winners.

The only downside for the Tigers was an injury to fullback Eddie Tautali, who left the field midway with an ankle complain midway through the second half.

Easts’ win sets up a tantalising local derby with Wynnum Manly at Kougari Oval - the bayside Seagulls have risen to fourth spot on the ladder following a strong 34-18 result over Central Queensland.

Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles return home to face Souths Logan Magpies next Saturday afternoon.

Easts Tigers - 50
Tries: Cody Walker 2, Ben Hampton 2, Jacob Paul, Shane Neumann, Maeli Seve, Tom Butterfield, Tim Glasby
Goals: Cody Walker 7

Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles - 10
Tries: Rowan Klein, Dale Middleton
Goals: Ryan Hansen

Norths Devils 34 (Linc Port 2, Zach Koitka, Will McNee, Sam Broomhall, John Puna tries; Joel Bailey 5 goals) defeated Easts Tigers 10 (Hughie Stanley, Leon Panapa tries; Jack Joass goal)

FOGS Colts
Easts Tigers 24 (Jake Hargreaves 2, Billy Walters, Alex Barr, Tom Ingersole tries; Brandon Downey 2 goals) defeated Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 20 (Alex Marango 3, Kabe Bacon tries; Brett Doherty 2 goals)

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