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A flurry of late tries was not enough to get Easts Tigers over the line against the Ipswich Jets on Saturday.

Easts scored three unanswered tries in the final 20 minutes but fell short to eventually go down 26-32 at home.

Storm players Scott Drinkwater and Patrick Kaufusi got themselves on the scoresheet.


Kaufusi was a standout on the day with the Tigers’ first try in the 15th minute as he has begun to build nicely into the season.

“That was his best game for us on the weekend,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.

“He jumped out of the blocks. We put a challenge to him before the game to come out firing and he did that.

“He played 80 minutes for the first time in a long time he said so it was pleasing for him to get through the game and out in the performance that he did.”

Easts will take on fellow Storm feeder side Sunshine Coast Falcons this Saturday at 1.10pm (QLD time).

IPSWICH JETS 32 (Michael Purcell, Wes Conlon, Nat Neale, Dane Phillips, Tyson Lofipo tries; Wes Conlon 6 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 26 (Jarrod McInally 2, Patrick Kaufusi, Brayden Torpy, Scott Drinkwater tries; Brayden Torpy 2, Billy Walters goals) at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.

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