Easts Tigers returned to the winners’ list with a 36-24 win over the CQ Capras on the weekend.
Scores were level at half-time before Easts produced the last four tries inside the final 30 minutes to runaway with the win.
Recently named Junior Kangaroos captain Brodie Croft scored Easts’ first try of the day after 17 minutes with Mark Nicholls adding the third just before the half-hour mark.
Young Tonumaipea also scored the try that kick-started the second half run.
However it was the return of Slade Griffin that was most impressive.
The Storm utility had not played since being injured in Round 1 but his first game back was certainly impressive.
“To have young Slade back and playing 50 minutes, our lock broke his jaw in the first half, so he came in and got through a power of work for his first game back,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.
“He was very strong for us and should be very pleased with his first hit-out.
“He played probably 20 minutes more than I thought he would have… he didn’t miss a beat, it looked like he hadn’t miss a game.”
Easts Tigers 36 (Gerard McCallum 2, Brodie Croft, Billy Walters, Mark Nicholls, Young Tonumaipe’a, Shane Neumann tries; Billy Walters 4 goals) def CQ Capras 24 (Justin Tavae 2, Oliver Percy, Krys Freeman tries; Tony Tumusa 4 goals) at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park