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Round 6 Sunday wrap: Tigers closing in on top four

The Brisbane Tigers have shown their qualifications for the BMD Premiership finals, breaking a recent series of ties to defeat the Central Queensland Capras in Round 6.

On home ground at the Totally Workwear Stadium, the Tigers secured a 16-8 win to close out the Licensed Clubs Round and keep themselves within striking distance of the top four.

The Tigers are now sixth on the ladder, but are level on points with fourth-placed Norths Devils. The Burleigh Bears are in fifth place and Wynnum Manly Seagulls in seventh place, with all four teams on six points.

For co-captain Shannon Mato, today’s victory was essential to keep their finals hopes alive after recording draws in rounds 4 and 5.

“We are in a crucial place on the ladder at the moment, so it is good to get the two points,” she said.

“The last time we won was against Wynnum Manly (in Round 3). We just keep drawing, so I’m glad we’re improving every week.

“I’m really proud of all the girls.”

The clash between the Tigers and the Capras was an exciting battle in wet conditions, with the two sides evenly matched in the opening lines.

The Tigers took a 10-8 lead into the sheds at half-time and scored just two minutes before half-time through young hooker Isabella Satui, who has impressed Mato since her debut last week.

Five-eighth Akira Kelly then scored the only try in what was an arm-wrestle of the second half to secure victory for the home side.

The Tigers are going from strength to strength each week and are showing a marked improvement on their 2023 form.

And Mato said the team’s belief in their finals potential is also growing with each round.

“It was hard to see at first, but I said we had to trust the process,” she said.

“Our biggest thing, week in and week out, is checking in and making sure we stick to our culture, our team and what we do in preparation.

“The girls just have to have a lot of confidence. Now that the Under 19s are ready, we’re bringing them through as well, so we’re in a good place as a club.”

The game between Tigers and Capras was the only game played on Sunday.

Central Queensland will now turn their attention to a Round 7 meeting with the Sunshine Coast Falcons, while the Tigers will head to the Logan Metro Sports Complex next week to take on the resurgent Souths Logan Magpies.

For all results from Saturday click here.