Easts Tigers recorded a strong victory while the Sunshine Coast Falcons enjoyed the bye in Round 20 of the Intrust Super Cup.
Tigers rally for strong win over Capras
The Easts Tigers continued their march towards a top three place on the Intrust Super Cup ladder with a comprehensive 56-22 win over the CQ Capras at Browne Park.
The Tigers were without Storm listed duo Matt Duffie and Felise Kaufusi, but were aided by the inclusion of regulars Shaun Nona and Francis Tualau.
A fast start from the hosts had the visiting Tigers trailing 12-0 in the opening stages of the match.
It took some time for the fifth-placed Tigers to settle, but once they found their rhythm, they swiftly imposed their potency in attack on the Capras.
The Tigers responded to their slow start with three quick fire tries to gain an advantage and a deserved 24-12 lead going into the main break.
A dominant second half display ensued as the Capras defence struggled to withstand the constant attacking pressure from the away side, who scored a further six tries in the second half.
Storm listed playmaker Shaun Nona converted eight of his ten attempts on goal, also scoring a try in the win.
Easts Tigers 56
Tries: Shane Neumann 2, Brandon Downey 2, Tommy Butterfield 2, Donald Malone, Maeli Seve, Shaun Nona, Jake Foster
Goals: Shaun Nona 8
CQ Capras 22
Tries: Tarrant Mariner, Matt Minto, Josh Johnston, Rajan Opetaia-Halls
Goals: Matt Minto 3
At Browne Park.
CQ Capras: 1. Reece Baker 2. Jake Ainsworth 3. Marco Delapena 4. Tarrant Mariner 6. Matt Minto 7. Josh Mitchell 8. Gerard Tema 9. Mark Johnstone 10. Gavin Hiscox 11. Dan Randall 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Corbyn Kilday 14. Dean McAdam 15. Josh Johnston 16. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 18. Josh Tanner 17. Tyson White
Easts Tigers: 1. Donald Malone 2. Maeli Seve 3. Shane Neumann 4. Michael Kai 5. Brandon Downey 6. Shaun Nona 19. Brentt Warr 8. Foisa Peni 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Brenton Horwood 18. Dwayne Craft