A stormy night at Bishop Park served up another constant in the rivalrly between Norths and Easts – the away team always wins.
The Tigers raced in five tries in 21 minutes to topple the Devils 30-12, making the most of their opportunities while the Devils rued their errors on a slippery night for football.
The away team has won 10 of the last 11 games between the teams. The other game ended in a draw. The Devils did it early last year, finishing fast to beat the Tigers at Langlands Park.
They finished fast again tonight – holding the Tigers scoreless for the last 34 minutes but the damage had already been done in the round two clash.
Tries in the 25th, 27th, 32nd, 42nd and 46th minutes rushed the Tigers to a 30-6 lead which the Devils found too difficult to reel in.
Minor ankle injuries to halves Sean O’Sullivan and Troy Dargan, ending their night early, didn’t help the Devils but they still showed the spark that helped them to topple premiership favourites Burleigh in last week’s first round.
A flowing movement down the right side in the 61st minute featured short passes between centre Gehamat Shibasaki, lock Brandon Lee and winger Paul Ulberg.
Each of those players handled twice in the movement which led to Shibasaki’s first try for the year – and the Devils’ 2500th try in Cup football.
Earlier in the night, backrower Brendan Frei scored his first Intrust Super Cup try, crossing for the Devils in the fourth minute to take a 6-0 lead.
But the Tigers, stocked with their Melbourne Storm players, wrestled momentum back from the Devils featuring Aaron Booth’s try in the 15th minute, cashing in on a 40-20 kick and a penalty.
The Devils head to Davies Park next Sunday to meet Souths Logan.
Earlier today, the Devils celebrated wins in the Mal Meninga Cup Under 18 and Hastings Deering Colts Under 20 clashes. Both teams drew last week but proved too strong for the Tigers.
Intrust Super Cup veteran Guy Williams notched his first win as a coach when his Under 18 squad eased past the Tigers 34-22.
The Colts clash was was tense but the Devils, featuring members of the squad that won last year’s premiership, finished too well for a fading Tigers team. The 22-18 win included a 66th minute try from centre Jack Paterson which propelled the Devils to the lead after they had trailed for almost all of the second half.
Easts Tigers 30 (Sam Lavea 2, Aaron Booth, Albert Vete, Billy Walters tries, Sam Foster 3, Booth 2 goals) d Norths Devils 12 (Brendan Frei, Gehamat Shibasaki tries, Herbie Farnworth 2 goals) at Bishop Park