By Michael Nunn (QRL correspondent)
Brisbane Tigers must have woken up this morning and looked at the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Norths Devils on four wins and thought ‘well, we want a piece of that action’.
The Devils and Falcons have already recorded wins this weekend and now the Tigers have beaten the previously undefeated Central Queensland Capras.
The Tigers took the early momentum through a Capras mistake coming out of their end, that put the Capras defence under pressure and resulted in the Tigers placing a corner kick from Darren Nicholls and point-scoring machine BJ Toomaga added another two points to his 46 points this season and the Tigers were smiling.
If the Tigers were smiling before they were beaming two minutes later when the Capras kick rebounded off Jayden Nikorima’s legs and he was able to scoop up the ball and run 80 metres to score.
A 8-0 scoreline was a great start for the Tigers and left the Capras some making up to do after 10 minutes.
When the Capras were able to attack it was on the back of big men trucking it up and getting offloads. First Bailey Butler did some damage and that opened it up for hooker Trey Browne to create some havoc out the back; Jesse Jennings was able to cash in on the good work by his forwards and score in the corner to get the Capras scoring started with his third try in 2022.
Those big strong Capras forwards were back in action again when Nixon Putt when pow like batman and stormed his way forward for Jonus Pearson to score while the Tigers were down to 12 with Marion Seve in the sin bin, the Capras were leading 10-8.
The Capras weren’t happy with a two-point lead and wanted more, the next time they went down there, they got it. Going from the right to left hand side Jack Madden went out the back to his fullback Blake Moore who fired a pass to Jedidaiah Simbiken to score.
The Tigers’ Solomona Faataape was over for his fifth try in four games in 2022 after some great inside lead up work by the Tigers.
At half-time both sides had scored three tries and taken their chances.
Another chance didn’t take long to materialise for the Tigers when the second half started the Tigers attacked.
Gerard Beale came in and attracted the defence to skip to the outside and give Faataape room to slam the ball down.
George Fai was next in the parade of Tigers storming over, the Tigers came back to find Fai in the middle of the field and he was only going one way and that involved several Capras grabbing on for the ride.
The Tigers had scored twice in the nine minutes after half-time to lead 22-14.
Bernard Gregorius finished the game for the Tigers by forcing his way over on the left and giving the Tigers their fifth win for the season.
The Tigers will face Mackay Cutters in Round 6.
Main image: Solomona Faataape by Capture One Photos