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Easts Tigers and Victorian Thunderbolts will both feature in finals action this weekend.

The Tigers will host the Ipswich jets for the chance at a Preliminary final berth following their dominant 32-nil triumph over Northern Pride last week.

They will be boosted by the return of last week's boom Storm debutant Scott Drinkwater.

Drinkwater ran for a game-high 200 metres in his maiden first grade appearance and his Easts teammates tuned in to watch.

"We all got in a room to watch his debut," Easts coach Scott Sipple said.

"It is reward for effort, he had a great year and got his reward with an NRL debut. We were very pleased for him."

The Thunderbolts will travel to Cairns to face the Northern Pride in their semi-final on Sunday.


Easts Tigers v Ipswich Jets
1.05pm, Saturday 8 September
Suzuki Stadium

1. Linc Port
2. Kea Pere
4. Marion Seve
3. Shane Neumann
5. Leon Ellia-Niukore
6. Scott Drinkwater
7. Brayden Torpy
8. Albert Vete
9. Tommy Butterfield
10. Sam Kasiano
11. Jake Foster (c)
12. Patrick Kaufusi
13. Jack Svendsen

14. Matthew Groat
15. Dave Tyrrell
16. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
17. Kelma Tuilagi

Coach: Scott Sipple

Victoria Thunderbolts v Northern Pride
4pm, Sunday 9 September
Barlow Park, Cairns

1. Troy Hanita-Paki
2. Pio Nakubuwai
3. Sale Finau
4. Jacob Cordtz
5. Junior Ratuva
6. Trent Toelau
7. Cooper Johns
8. Zev John
9. Junior Teroi
10. Jordin Leiu
11. Kayleb Milne
12. Matt Stimson ©
13. Nick Hay

15. Derek Maota
16. Seu Seuiavatele
17. Nic Flocas
18. Haele Finau
19. Joe Waqalevu
20. Sulio Fifita
23. Kelma Tuilagi

Coach - Ben Jack

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.