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QCup Rd 4 Burleigh 12 Easts 24

The Easts Tigers fought back from a determined first half showing from the Burleigh Bears to run out 24-12 winners at Pizzey Park yesterday.
QCup Rd 4 Burleigh 12 Easts 24
by NRL

The Easts Tigers fought back from a determined first half showing from the Burleigh Bears to run out 24-12 winners at Pizzey Park yesterday.

The win was their fourth in a row this year and with the Tigers having won their past four games of the 2011 season, it sees the club equal their record of eight for most wins on the trot.

Easts - who now sit with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls as the only teams undefeated this season - were made to work hard for the victory however, with the Bears having the better of the first half.

Impressive Bears five-eighth Aidan Sezer scored the first try of the afternoon, with his performance in recent weeks prompting many observers to predict a call-up to the Gold Coast Titans side is not far away.

After dominating much of the early exchanges, Burleigh were in again when hooker Sam Meskell ran through some lacklustre defence for Burleigh's second try. Sezer's conversion saw them go out to a deserved 12-0 lead.

However, a comeback seemed imminent only minutes later when an offload from Leon Panapa found Cody Walker who scored the Tigers' opening try.

The visitors then struggled to build on that momentum for the remainder of the half, with the Burleigh defence managing to neutralise their attack, including holding up a charging Wiremu Ratana in the 32st minute.

The Bears took a 12-6 lead into the sheds; with the Tigers having now trailed their opposition at halftime in their past three games.

But just as they have been able to do in the past games; the Tigers managed to outscore their opposition to claim the come-from-behind win.

Easts started their charge towards victory in the opening minutes of the second half when Isaac Kaufmann crossed for a close-range try.

The conversion drew scores level and from then, it was one-way traffic as the Tigers ran in two more tries to seal the win.

For the Bears, it was a disappointing second-half display having shown such promise in the first half.

They will attempt to correct their course when they host the Mackay Cutters next weekend, while Easts will travel to BMD Kougari Oval for a top-of-the-table clash against Wynnum Manly.

"It's the local derby, we'll go down there with the same attitude we've had all year - we won't be over confident, we'll just do our job and I'm sure we'll get a good game of footy," said Tigers coach Craig Ingebrigtsen.

EASTS TIGERS 24 (Cody Walker 2, Steven Thorpe, Isaac Kaufmann tries; Ryan Tongia 3, Cody Walker goals) def BURLEIGH BEARS 12 (Aidan Sezer, Sam Meskell tries; Aidan Sezer 2 goals) at Pizzey Park.


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