Easts desperate to avoid blowing another opportunity at back end of Shute Shield season

It seemed as though everything was coming together at the right time of the year for pre-season favourites Eastern Suburbs in 2019.  Pauli Taumoepeau’s side had won four of their last five matches heading into the playoffs, including an impressive 48-26 win over Eastwood in round 18.  But just seven days later, the Beasties season was over following a three point loss to a side they’d beaten comfortably a week prior.  “It was the same feeling when we lost to Uni in the quarter final in 2018,” Taumoepeau told Rugby News.  “I feel like the boys were at the height of their belief that they could go on and win it and then we fell just short in a tight game against Eastwood, it was pretty tough in those change rooms.  “There was just a feeling that we really, really missed an opportunity. I’ve lost in grand finals, I’ve coached teams that have lost in finals and semis and I’ve seen disappointment but the faces of the boys at TG Millner that day were jus
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