Easts tested early against last placed Sunnybank

By Liam Cook

While it may have been first versus ninth on paper, Easts endured a stern test against Sunnybank during round 10.

The top of the table Tigers were under no illusions about the challenge that awaited them, according to coach Ben Mowen.

“The weekend’s game against Sunnybank was really important in terms of our overall season,” Mowen told Rugby News.

Fresh from strong wins over Brothers and Wests in their previous outings, the Tigers were determined to avoid any complacency.

Having built an impressive seven-win, two loss record to this point of the season, Easts know maintaining their form will come down to the little things, as it did on Saturday.

“We are continually improving and chasing small gains each week,” Mowen said.

“Sunnybank came out firing and provided some of their best rugby over the last few weeks to really dominate the collision through great line speed.

“This challenged our attack and rightfully Sunnybank led us early on.”

Trailing 12-0 at the half hour mark, Easts refused to panic and stuck diligently to their work.

Running home four unanswered tries post Sunnybank’s early dominance, the Tigers displayed the qualities of a team that can win in any scenario.

The victory also provided much needed bonus points for the ladder leaders.

“Very proud of our effort to stay to our plan and work hard to create opportunities in the second half.

“To secure a bonus point at the death was very pleasing as these points can make a huge difference come the last few rounds.

The challenges resume swiftly for Easts, who have three to four teams hot on their heels.

Replicating their effort and diligence will be no easy feat against a Bond side steaming from a comprehensive loss to Wests.

“Next weeks game against Bond on Ladies Day will be a huge test we are excited about.”

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