By Shane Jones
It was a win almost two years in the making last Saturday.
And The Waves Tigers’ coach Antonio Kaufusi hopes it is the catalyst for the team rising up the ladder.
The Waves defeated Past Brothers 46 to 18 to win their first game of the season.
It was their first win since the 2019 preliminary final against Easts before falling to Brothers the following week in the decider.
Now in the first match between the two grand finalists from the last completed season, The Waves got the last laugh, getting the win.
Kaufusi said the win was important and came at a good time. Especially after using the last two weeks to train with the side to mend the poor performances from the past two rounds.
“The last two weeks were poor, against Wests and the Roos, and not what we expected,” Kaufusi said.
“Our defence was not good enough and at times against Wests in the second half it looked like we just gave up.”
Kaufusi said he had firm belief in his team that it could do something special this year despite the losses in the first few rounds.
But the team will have to be without one of its leaders, Sam Tobin, for a while who got injured recently.
The Waves have also recently moved its captain Reece Maughan back to lock after playing in the halves.
It’s a position Kaufusi will make permanent as he puts Maughan back where he is best at playing.
“Maughan took a team first attitude, playing in the spot to help me and the team” he said.
His brother Cody Maughan scored a double in the win against Brothers.
The side now takes on Hervey Bay at 5pm at Stafford Park after the Seagulls lost top spot to Wests after the Wallaroos beat the Seagulls 22-18 in the Fraser Coast derby.
Wests, with four wins, leads after beating Easts 28-16 in the other match last weekend.
In the other games the Wallaroos take on Easts at 3.30pm at Eskdale Park with Wests to take on Past Brothers at Salter Oval at 5pm.