Easts play out draw against Devils

Easts Tigers shared the spoils against Norths Devils on Saturday in an enthralling 14-14 draw at Suzuki Stadium.

The Tigers were able to hold on for a point despite the opposition controlling possession and field position for much of the game.

They were made to defend for much of the first half as Norths piled on the pressure with five goal line drop outs.

Easts managed to strike first though through Leon Ellia-Niukore in the third minute before the Devils hit back with two tries on the stroke of half-time.

Luke Lavelle put Easts in front five minutes after the restart before Rhett Webster crossed for the visitors shortly after.

The Devils had their chance to pinch the points in the 78th minute, only for a Todd Murphy penalty kick to be waved away.

Storm youngster Suliasi Vunivalu continued his game-by-game improvement while Francis Tualua showed his worth, running for more than 115 metres in 55 minutes.

Dean Britt also showed promising signs in his first game back for Easts.

Easts coach Scott Sipple took plenty of heart from his side’s performance as they extended their unbeaten run to three games.

“The first half probably sapped our energy a bit and we weren’t throwing too much at them in attack because we were fatigued,” he said.

“We unfortunately couldn’t put them away and they had an opportunity at the end there to grab it with a penalty goal. I think one point each was a fair indication, I think both sides would be happy with that in the end.”

Easts Tigers will now travel to face CQ Capras this Saturday night.