The East Tigers recorded their first win of the season last Saturday over the Gold Coast to retain the Batty/Bremner/Thomas trophy, 19-6.
Gold Coast got the first points of the game with a penalty kick within the first five minutes, however from there the Tigers dominated possession and territory. But with all that pressure came many missed scoring opportunities. The Tigers were able to level the scores off the boot of Sam Cox (#10) on their fourth advancement inside the Gold Coast 22 m line. The game was stop start as East’s continued to have the upper hand, however they could not convert any of their chances into points. Holes started to appear in the Gold Coast’s defensive line as the Tigers continued to press on. Another penalty kick late in the first half from Cox gave East’s a 6-3 half time lead.
An early penalty kick from the Gold Coast leveled the scores at 6-6 to open the second half. The Tigers continued to apply pressure and a charge down from Johnny Wilder (#15) led to the first try of the game as David Skelton (#12) gave a beautiful pass to fellow center, Toby White (#13) who carried three men over the try line. Like the first half, Easts missed scoring opportunities and fatigue was starting to show in the Breakers team. Strong runs from some of the Tigers forwards gave Cox another penalty kick to give Easts a 14-6 lead. From here the Tigers took control of the game playing smart rugby, grinding the Gold Coast out of the game. Attacking down the blindside lead to a great try scored by Pettowa Paraka (#1) to ultimately give Easts a 19-6 victory.
David Skelton and Toby White, Man of the Match, were instrumental in the win, they made line breaks at will on Saturday. Johnny Wilder also played a part with his kicking performance from Fullback to give the Tigers the territorial advantage throughout the entire match.
The Tiger will look to continue this form next week as they play their first away match of the season against the Sunshine Coast. – By Mick Doyle.