Slick Easts Dominate Aspley Devils
Easts’ forwards were formidable up the middle, consistently eating up metres and sucking in defenders, with standout performances from Jonathon Ofaonoa and Mitchel Evenden.
But it was the backline who got the first breakthrough for the visitors, with Ray Paiena crossing the try line to put Easts up 4-0 after seven minutes.
Aspley’s reply was to gift Easts a penalty straight from the kick-off, opening the door for Paiena to score in identical fashion to his first try, putting Easts 8-0 up with only 10 minutes on the clock.
In the wake of an eight-point deficit, the home team began to string together some solid, consistent sets to put themselves in Easts’ territory for the first time in the game.
But despite a few promising runs down the sidelines, most notably from Shaun Rees, Aspley failed to put together any strong fifth tackle options and mount any real pressure on the defenders.
Easts continued their momentum through the remainder of the first half, notching up three more tries to blow the score out to 26-0 at half time.
Both teams launched their second-half campaigns in very similar style to the first – Aspley with knock-ons and penalties costing them possession and any chance of a late comeback, and Easts looking dangerous.
Twelve minutes down, they hammered in another try, pushing the margin to 32-0.
Finally, Aspley finally found some much-needed aggression in defence, forcing knock-ons, rushed passes and stopping the easy momentum the Easts forwards had enjoyed thus far.
With the ball in hand however, Aspley were still failing to convert opportunities into points until the home team finally fired with 10 minutes to go.
A well-placed kick over Easts’ defensive line early in the set saw Shaun Rees diving outstretched past a defender to plant the ball and wind score back to 32-6.
With the game all but over, both teams notched up a try each in the final minutes, giving Easts their second win of the season.