Tigers overrun Falcons in ‘derby’
East Tigers returned to their winning ways with a comfortable 60-12 victory over the Sunshine Coast Falcons on Sunday afternoon as Storm’s two feeder teams clashed for the first time.
The home side was first to make an impact on the scoreboard as Richie Kennar kept his composure to cross in the corner following a neat passage of passes that culminated in an assist from Dean Britt.
Once they had established momentum in the contest, the Tigers were ruthless in their attack.
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The sixth-placed Tigers broke through the defence of the twelfth-placed Falcons shortly after the opening try as an expertly timed grubber off the boot of Grant Giess was pounced on by Shaun Nona.
Giess was at the center of the Tigers third try in succession when a kick wasn’t properly disposed of by the Falcons defence, before Dane Hogan dived on the ball following a knock on from the Falcons.
After playing a part in the build up to the Tigers fourth try, Munster followed up with a try of his own, racing across the field in an impressive 45 meter sprint that gave the Tigers their fifth unanswered four pointer as the home side entered the main break with a 28-0 advantage.
Wasting no time in the second half, Matt Duffie ensured that the Tigers picked up where they left off, breaking three tackles to storm across the line. The winger made it a double shortly after to further extend Easts’ lead.
With the game beyond reach, the Falcons finally got themselves on the scoreboard in the closing stages of the match when Sam Young caught a Jake Turpin kick that helped save face for the visitors.
A further try from Billy Brittain gave the Falcons their second try in succession.
The Tigers rounded out a formidable attacking display with Richie Kennar crossing in the corner to earn his second try of the match.
East Tigers 60
Tries: Richie Kennar 2, Eddie Tautali 2, Matt Duffie 2, Cameron Munster, Michael Kai, Shaun Nona, Tommy Butterfield, Dane Hogan
Goals: Shaun Nona 8
Sunshine Coast Falcons 12
Tries: Sam Young, Billy Brittain
Goals: Ryan Hansen 2
At Tapout Energy Stadium, Langlands Park
Easts Tigers: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Richie Kennar 3. Michael Kai 4. Eddie Tautali 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 7. Grant Giess 8. Christian Welch 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Dean Britt 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 16. Foisa Peni 17. Billy Walters 18. Jake Foster
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Sam Young 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Travis Robinson 20. Jay Lobwein 5. Tony Tumusa 6. David Oakes 7. Jake Turpin 8. Sam Satogi 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Joe Stimson 12. Jye Ballinger 13. James Ackerman 14. Travis Long 15. Johnny Vuetibau 16. Mboya Adams 17. Ricky Shaxson