THE last time Easts lost a game was June 14 when it went down 20-16 to Hervey Bay and since that day momentum has been building and it's hard to see the young, talented and enthusiastic team slowing down.

Injuries and suspension aside, it looked as if Wallaroos knew its fate before the weekend's A-grade game against Easts and only fielded 15 players in the 64-0 demolition.

The Magpies speed, aggression and skill had been on display over the past eight weeks but they took it to another level in horrendous conditions. With Jesse Marschke leading the way with three tries the Magpies crossed the line 13 times, only wayward kicking stopped the margin creeping over 70 points.

In the game to decide the minor premier Wests ground out a 12-6 win over Isis. Unlike the Easts v Wallaroos game tries were hard to come by and there was only three scored in the match. Daniel Mairu bagged a double for Wests and Tanielu Pasene was Isis's sole try scorer.

A mud-soaked Corey Tanner described the game as tough and he said making the most of the opportunities was the key to getting the win.

"The ball stayed in the middle most of the game - when you got down the end you scored a try but it didn't go down there much," Tanner said.

"We took ours (chances) when we got them and defended when we didn't have it."

West sealed the minor premiership that no one though they would win. After winning the 2013 title Wests lost the majority of the team that defeated Brothers in the decider but Tanner credited strong recruiting to finishing the season on a high.

The players have a week off to rest their tired bodies after the 18-round season before the finals kick off August 31 at Salter Oval. In the elimination game Isis play Wallaroos and Brothers take on Easts in the qualifying final.

Wests don't play again until September 7 in week two of the finals but Tanner said missing out on regular football might provide a few opportunities or a rest and improving the team set up.

"A few of the older boys wouldn't mind having the break but we'll just have to train hard and work on stuff we need to fix,' Tanner said.

He added there were no easy teams he expected to play over the next month but Easts might provide the biggest challenge on the way to possible back-to-back premierships.


Easts 64 (J Marschke 3, B Cooper, C Maughan, K Laybutt, K Spry 2, J Crook, H Herbert tries; H Herbert, R Hughes 2, J Marschke, K Laybutt goals) Wallaroos 0.

Wests 12 (D Mairu 2 tries; B Page 2 goals) d 6 (T Pasene try; R O'Donnell goal).

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