Tigers claw into Group 16 finals thriller

The Eden Tigers have secured a run in the finals after defeating Narooma over the weekend.

Elvis Tui, pictured against the Bulldogs, was among the double try scorers securing Eden a win over Narooma, and a place in the finals this weekend.

Elvis Tui, pictured against the Bulldogs, was among the double try scorers securing Eden a win over Narooma, and a place in the finals this weekend.

The Tigers leapfrogged the Moruya Sharks for fifth place to clinch the last finals position of the 2019 campaign.

The Tigers were at threat of missing the finals, but fired home with a 42-12 win over the Devils to climb to fifth on the ladder.

The result boosts the club who also had the ladies league-tag and reserve grade teams both finishing the year in third place, with the Tigerettes in a position to defend their 2018 premiership title.

On the field, the Tigers showed why are worthy finalists with a dominant display from the outset to lead 20-6 before the break.

John Aldridge found the chalk 10 minutes into play, but the Tigers would have to wait another 10 minutes before the flood gates opened.

Halfway into the period the Tigers really got the teeth in with tries to Vince Worthley just minutes before Elvis Tui found the line.

Then Aldridge ran in his second and converted his own try, setting up a 20-0 lead before the Devils were able to fire back a solitary try.

Joel Grewar scored on the back of the opening minute in the second half to keep Eden's momentum flowing and later follow-up tries to Tui and Michael Wykes cemented the win.

The Tigers will now face a challenging battle with the Bombala Blue Heelers at the Bombala Showground this Saturday to continue.

It will be a knockout final on enemy territory.

However, club officials said it was a tremendous result after not fielding a team in 2018 to be in this position.

The Tigers are confident they have what it takes - in all three grades - to get the result and continue into the second round of the finals series.

The Tigers have shown they have a formidable forward pack and some of the most devastating quicks in the league - which is what they will be drilling down on to overcome the Blue Heelers on Saturday.

This weekend's clash is a must-win scenario for the first grade, while the league-tag and reserve grade squads will have a second chance draw should they lose to Bombala or the Snowy River Bears respectively.