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QCup Rd 5 Wynnum 24 Easts 20

The table-topping Easter Sunday clash lived up to its billing, with Wynnum Manly holding out Easts in an intense 24-20 victory at Kougari Oval.
QCup Rd 5 Wynnum 24 Easts 20
by NRL

The table-topping Easter Sunday clash lived up to its billing, with Wynnum Manly holding out Easts in an intense 24-20 victory at Kougari Oval.

Big hits and scintillating attacking movements featured in some absorbing rugby league between the competition's two undefeated sides.

In front of a vocal home crowd, the Seagulls held their nerve at the crucial moments - a two-try burst late in the second half was enough to help them over the line.

Wynnum Manly have now won five straight to start the season and have yet to be beaten since their stunning surge to eventual premiers began in early September last year.

The boys from the bay dominated field position in the opening exchanges and were the first to score when winger Junior Togia capitalised on an overlap.

But Easts hit back in similar fashion via opposing wing-man Eddie Tautali, who slid over out wide to level scores up at 4-all after 19 minutes.

A penalty goal to Cody Walker gave the Tigers the lead before a spectacular piece of play saw Papua New Guinea international Ryan Tongia latch on to a cross-field chip from Corey Thompson and tiptoe down the sideline.

However, Wynnum Manly finished the half strongly courtesy of Togia's double and a scrappy try right on the siren to former-Tiger Dan Wallace which gave the locals a 14-10 buffer at the break.

The second half began as an arm wrestle until Walker sliced through the defence from close range in the 60th minute, giving Easts a 16-14 advantage.

From that point though, the Seagulls clicked into gear and surged ahead when Sean Loxley supported a Jake Granville break from dummy half.

Against a tiring Easts outfit, they then turned on the razzle dazzle in a stunning 60 metre movement.

Five-eighth Jacod Fauid handled twice, making the initial bust before staying alive in support and throwing the final pass for rangy centre Jason Moon, who dived over to give his team a 24-16 lead in the 67th minute.

Determined not to finish without a fight, the visitors ensured a grandstand finish when Thompson showed great pace to score from a scrum win.

However, forced to chance their hand in the final 10 minutes, the Tigers only produced errors in their search for the elusive match-levelling try.

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 24 (Junior Togia 2, Sean Loxley, Dan Wallace, Jason Moon tries; Matt Seamark 2 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 20 (Corey Thompson, Eddie Tautali, Ryan Tongia, Cody Walker tries; Ryan Tongia, Cody Walker goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.

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