FELINE FINE: Waves Tigers player Zakarey Bainbridge shakes off Easts’ Andrew Mason.
FELINE FINE: Waves Tigers player Zakarey Bainbridge shakes off Easts’ Andrew Mason. Mike Knott BUNLEAGUE

Tigers roar back to life

IT TOOK just one game for Antonio Kaufusi to make waves as the new coach of the Tigers.

Down 12-4 at half-time against the Eastern Suburbs Magpies the former NRL player was able to turn the momentum towards his team.

They scored 26 of the last 30 points to win their first game of the season 30-16 and equal the number of victories the club won last season.

Two tries to Rueben Baillie and Connor Jones helped the Tigers to move into the top four.

While pleased with the win, Tigers coach Ashley Simpson is not getting carried away.

"It was a good morale booster and a good game to come away with a win," he said.

"After a tough couple of years it was good to start the season on a high note."

In a scrappy match in wet conditions at ATW Grounds Simpson added the team had plenty of work to do.

"Our guys got a bit nervous and our completion rate was not where we thought it should be," he said.

"Our structure also struggled at times in the opening half as we also struggled to hold the ball."

He also praised the players for bouncing back in the second half.

"Baillie played well with Bainbridge also involved in a lot at half back," he said.

"Our forwards George Vujanovic and Liam Saumalu also worked tirelessly throughout the day."

Who do you think will win the Bundaberg Rugby League premiership?

This poll ended on 25 March 2016.

Current Results

Easts Magpies

4%

Hervey Bay Seagulls

29%

Isis Devils

4%

Past Brothers (defending premiers)

27%

Wallaroos

8%

Waves Tigers

15%

Wests Panthers

8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The victory also shows plenty of signs the club is heading in the right direction.

"It was important to win our first match this season," Simpson said.

"It is a good indication our club in heading in the right direction, but we still have a lot of work to do."

Simpson concluded the focus was now on playing Isis in Maryborough and getting players over the bumps and bruises from Sunday's match.

Meanwhile Easts will rue blowing a half time lead against last year's bottom placed team.

They will need to bounce back quickly this week as they play last year's premiers Past Brothers on Sunday.



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