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Easts Tigers received a significant confidence boost ahead of the finals with a 32-12 win over the Burleigh Bears.

Three tries to one in the first half gave Easts the start they needed as Burleigh were unable to work their way into the contest.

Mark Nicholls led the way in the forward pack with 129 metres on the back of a significant workload.

“His work rate has been really good,” Storm development coach Marc Brentnall said.

“He is running hard and played about 50 minutes. He had good energy and is playing really consistant footy at the moment.”

Brodie Croft also steered the home side’s attack around the park.

The young playmaker had a try assist and 261 kick metres as his strong development continues in reserve grade.

“He is really sharp with the football at the moment and kicking well,” Brentnall said.

“His defence has been really good.”

Easts Tigers 32 (Jake Foster, Charlie Galo, Conor Carey, Shane Neumann, Tommy Butterfield, Jarrod McInally tries; Billy Walters 4 goals) def Burleigh Bears 12 (Jamal Fogarty 2 tries; Jamal Fogarty 2 goals) at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.

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