The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Easts maintained their recent dominance over the Norths Devils with a hard fought 28-24 victory at a windy Bishop Park in the ABC Television clash. Wingers Semi Tadulala and the Tigers Steve Beattie swapped early tries for a 4 all scoreline. Easts skipper Scott Thorburn looked to have handed his team the lead but inexplicably dropped the football over the tryline and when young fullback Quentin Laula-Togagae crossed the Devils led 10-4. Two penalty goals and a double to Beattie saw Easts in front 12-10 at half-time. Running into a strong wind in the second half it was the Tigers that exploited the conditions with three kicks from halfback Graham White leading to back-to-back tries to Michael Pearce and then centre Grant Dutton crossed for a handy 28-10 buffer.
A try to Norths centre Zebastian Luisi narrowed the gap and when John Flint crashed over the score was 28-20 with ten minutes on the clock. A strong try to Antonio Kaufusi three minutes from the end saw Easts with some anxious moments but the Tigers held on for a good win. Flyer Beattie was named QRL man of the match causing havoc in attack and proving to be safe under pressure.
Toowoomba galloped to a good 16-0 lead at half-time in the match against the Comets in Rockhampton with tries to Tony Duggan, Josh McCartney and captain Barry Berrigan. But the Comets big forward pack intimidated their rivals in the second half with the home side running in five unanswered tries to upset the Clydesdales 30-16. Try scorers were Heath Egglestone, Rory Bromley, Stu Cheffirs, Wayne Phillis and Damien Wilkes with Craig Kimmorley adding five goals.
Tweed Heads continued their impressive debut season with a 28-18 win over the previously undefeated Wynnum outfit at Piggabeen. The Seagulls raced in six tries to Wynnum?s two in a comprehensive display with young winger Luke O?Dwyer crossing for two tries. Wynnum and Tweed now share top spot on the competition ladder with 10 points.
North Queensland suffered their fourth close loss of this season, going down 24-16 to Ipswich, with a Tasman Van Balen try sealing the Jets win in the dying minutes. Both teams scored four tries in the match.
In other games Redcliffe thrashed Wests 58-6 at Purtell Park and Burleigh were too good for Souths Logan winning 42-4 at Davies Park.