Mark Annetts of Across The Waves gets tackled by Reece Maughan of Easts.
Mark Annetts of Across The Waves gets tackled by Reece Maughan of Easts. Mike Knott

Easts back on top

A VICTORY  over Across The Waves ended a three-game nightmare for former competition leaders Easts yesterday.

The 28-26 defeat halted Easts’ losing streak, but coach Josh Garden fears their woes are not over.

“The guys need to get back on the straight and narrow if we want to return to form,” he said.

“I’m happy with the win, but we’re not going to get much further if the guys don’t lift.”

Easts squandered a 18-4 lead at half-time with penalties and errors allowing an injury-ridden Across The Waves back in the game.

Despite being without six regular campaigners including props Damien Evans and John Faula, halfback Dennis Saunders and hooker Luke Watson, Waves mounted a second-half fightback applying constant attacking pressure on Easts.

Matt Tanner returned to the Easts fray after suffering a hip injury and made his presence felt.

Garden said a few stern words would be spoken in training in preparation for this weekend’s clash against Hervey Bay.

“They took they’re foot off the gas big time and you can’t afford to do that at this stage of the season,” he said.

“They need to focus on playing good football and not worry about niggling opposition and fancy passes.”



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