Easts avoid elimination with comeback win
Easts Tigers have pulled off a famous comeback to keep their season alive.
Trailing 16-nil at half-time of their Elimination Final against the Townsville Blackhawks, Easts scored four unanswered tries in the second half.
A try with four minutes remaining secured the win and booked them a semi-final clash against fellow Storm feeder side Sunshine Coast Falcons this Sunday.
Young Tonumaipea was instrumental in the turnaround, leading the way out on the right wing.
“Young was really good in the first half and came up with a couple of really good plays at the end,” Storm development coach Marc Brentnall said.
“Young was probably our best, especially when things were going against Easts.
“We are looking for big efforts at the moment and with the NRL team in finals we want him playing well so hopefully he can do the same this week.”
Brodie Croft injured his hamstring in the win and is considered unlikely to play this week while Charlie Galo was also forced from the field with a knock to the knee but is a chance to line-up.
Easts Tigers 20 (Jarrod McInally, Billy Walters, Jack Svendsen, Tommy Butterfield tries; Billy Walters 2 goals) def Townsville Blackhawks 16 (Jonathon Reuben 2, Paul Byrnes tries; Kyle Laybutt 2 goals) at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.Barlow Park.