EASTS took to the field with a new coach and a new captain against Waves Tigers to open its A-grade Bundaberg Rugby League season and despite the changes it was the same result as if the game was played last year - a 54-0 win to the Magpies.
The Magpies scored in the opening set of the game and with skipper Reece Maughan leading from the front in the forwards there was no doubt early which team was going to win the game.
As the 80 minutes ticked away the gulf between the teams grew and as the Easts forwards charged on to the ball in the late-afternoon sun the Tigers big men walked back into position, gifting their opposition extra yardage with each tackle.
Maughan took over from Rhys Neil and he said he was excited to be captain this year and the thrill of leading a team that has plenty of potential.
The lustre of the Easts performance from the second half of 2014 was missing - losing quality players like Cody Maughan, Kyle Laybutt, Ben and Jesse Marschke will do that - but there was plenty of polish to be added as the weeks goes on.
Easts backline will get better and when players like Cody Stibbards are scoring three tries outside an untested backline that only spells trouble for the other A-grade teams. The margin could have been bigger but Darren Elvin converted three from 12 attempts.
For Waves Russell Wood was solid at front row and lock Adam Powell refused to give in.
In Hervey Bay the Seagulls' new coach, Tye Ingebrigtsen, has done what was impossible for the past five years - beat Brothers.
Hervey Bay enjoyed a 16-10 victory in front of a big crowd after trailing 10-8 at half-time. It capped off a brilliant night for Fraser Coast rugby league after Wallaroos beat Wests 40-22 in the opening game of the season.
Ingebrigtsen said the Seagulls wanted it more with a strong commitment in defence the main factor behind his team's win.
"I'm stoked with the efforts tonight; the whole team put in a great effort," he told the Fraser Coast Chronicle after the match.
"We just wanted it more and it meant more for us to win tonight and that's the reason why we got up."
Games this week: Isis v Waves Tigers, Wallaroos v Hervey Bay, Brothers v Easts.