NORTHS DEVILS 40 defeat EASTS TIGERS 10
Norths' unrelenting roll to the finals met its sixth consecutive victim on Sunday, as the Devils crushed Easts underfoot 40-10 at Bishop Park.
While the result was in the bag by halftime and the Devils topped 40 points for the fourth straight appearance, the match had its share of talking points.
Brandon Costin scored a try and three goals against the club he cut ties with mid-season, while Greg Inglis was benched after suffering an ankle injury.
�It was nothing major, just a precaution� coach Wayne Trelevean said.
�He should be right for the next game. Craig (Bellamy) would have killed me if I�d kept Greg on.�
With Costin playing his first game in Devils colours, teen half Luke Millwood was sent back to Mixwell Cup.
The new recruit �slotted in well� according to Treleaven, offering plenty with his experience and kicking game and helping halves partner Marc Brentnall to one of his better games this year.
However the clear standouts were once more hooker Nathan Friend (pictured) and prop Rob Tanielu, consistently among the best for Norths through the club�s recent streak.
�Nathan is an absolute professional and the only thing counting against him is that he�s got a great hooker in Cameron Smith ahead of him at (sister club) Melbourne,� he said.
�As for Rob Tanielu, there�s not one reason why he cannot play NRL.�
Despite the succession of victories, Treleaven said there were still elements of execution and cohesion lacking from his side�s play. For the second week in a row Norths showed scant disregard for its completion rate over the closing 40 minutes.
On an extremely hot day Easts slumped to its ninth loss in its last 11 games and again went around without Darren Smith. The Tigers are set to miss the finals for just the third time in the past decade.
Easts 10 (Steve Beattie, Rowan Graham tries; Leigh Coghill goal)
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