Easts pip Cutters in thriller

Easts Tigers secured their second straight win in thrilling fashion, coming from behind to beat Mackay Cutters 26-22.

Mackay burst out of the blocks, scoring four tries in the opening 30 minutes to take a 22-8 lead into half-time.

However Easts fought back to keep the home side scoreless in the second half while crossing three times themselves, including the match-winner from Javarn White with just two minutes remaining.

Francis Tualau and Suliasi Vunivalu were the Storm players who stepped out for Easts in tough conditions that reached a humid 31 degrees.

“Frank and Suli are definitely fitting in, I think they found the conditions tough coming from Melbourne,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.

“They did their job and probably Billy Walters was the standout performer on the day, he was pretty crafty out of dummy half and played about 70 minutes.”

With a host of new players in key positions Sipple is pleased his side has been able to grind out back-to-back wins early in the season.

Easts will host Norths Devils at Suzuki Stadium this Saturday at 3pm.