Tigers too pow­er­ful for Bears

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - RIKKI-LEE ARNOLD

Gil­lette ODI Se­ries EASTS have over­come a tu­mul­tuous start to their sea­son to book them­selves a place in the In­trust Su­per Cup grand fi­nal.

The Tigers will meet the Red­cliffe Dolphins next Sun­day in the pre­mier­ship de­cider at Sun­corp Sta­dium, af­ter Easts yes­ter­day claimed their spot with a 36-26 vic­tory over Burleigh at Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast.

It has been an in­cred­i­ble rise from Easts to get into the 2018 grand fi­nal, af­ter an in­jury-rav­aged start to their year had them sit­ting out­side the top six at the mid­way point of the sea­son.

Coach Scott Sip­ple said over­com­ing those low points was the big­gest chal­lenge of his coach­ing ca­reer so far, but yes­ter­day’s win showed they had the be­lief they could achieve any­thing.

“It’s been a long year, an up and down year, so it’s a bit of re­ward for ef­fort,” he said.

Easts were boosted by the late in­clu­sions of Storm for­ward Sam Kasiano and star five-eighth Billy Wal­ters, who was not cleared from an an­kle in­jury un­til late Fri­day night.

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