Croft conversion sees Easts home
A Brodie Croft conversion from the touchline saw Easts Tigers claim a thrilling 26-24 win over Northern Pride on Saturday.
After leading 20-12 at half-time, Easts found themselves behind before a Leon Ellia-Niukore try with six minutes to play leveled the scores.
It was then left up to Croft, fresh from his NRL debut the previous week, to step up and seal the win.
The Tigers coaches box had plenty of faith in the youngster to get the job done.
“He was kicking well all day, he hadn’t goal kicked for a couple of years but he got five from five which was pretty good,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.
“Players like Brodie love those big moments. He’s had a big couple of weeks, he came back with a good attitude, wanting to rip in.
“He definitely looks like a first grader. He’s played five Queensland Cup games but he looks like a seasoned campaigner already.”
Slade Griffin was also out in Tiger colours after playing for Storm last week.
After Easts went two men down in the first half it was Griffin who stepped up to do the hard work, playing 73 minutes at both hooker and lock.
“His work ethic is unbelievable. The players are really feeding off him, he does his job,” Sipple said.
“He rips in and lucky he can play big minutes because he had to on the weekend and came up with no errors, he was very strong again.”
Easts Tigers travel to Bishop Park this Sunday to take on Norths Devils.