It was a one-point thriller down at Bishop Park, Nundah, where the sixth-placed Souths Logan Magpies defeated the Norths Devils, 19-18, on Sunday afternoon.
The Devils got an early lead with hooker Billy Brittain scoring in the 3rd minute. Halfback Gary Riccardi joined in on the Devils action, scoring in the 16th minute, giving the home side a 12-point lead mid-way through the first half.
Despite the Devils early lead, the Magpies regained their confidence when hooker Travis Waddell added his mark on the game in the 29th minute, putting the Magpies on the board. With no sign of slowing down, Magpies debutant Brendon Gibb crossed the line in the 35th minute, sending both sides in the break at 12 points each.
Both sides were determined to get the lead at the start of the second half, but it wasn’t until the 49th minute when Devils winger Dane Chang broke the deadlock giving the 10th-placed Devils a six-point advantage.
Simione Fatafehi once again tied the scoring in the 57th minute, with Matt Minto converting the four pointer.
It wasn’t until the 79th minute, when five-eighth Minto ended the scoring dead lock, slotting through a field goal to end the game driven by momentum.
“I thought we were pretty good to be honest. Norths were really good in the first 60 minutes – I don’t think they made an error in that first bit of the game, so being down 12–nil wasn’t an ideal start,” Souths coach Jon Buchanan said.
“Defensively, the team was great. There was a period when they had a lot of ball down our end towards the end of the first half.
“The boys showed some really good qualities to stay patient when the scoreboard wasn’t in our favour, and really bide their time before making a move.”
Buchanan admits that the team hadn’t prepared for a close game, however drew on the two clubs’ history of tough competition. “The Norths and Souths games are always tight. Both clubs have a really proud history and are always looking for a good game.
“We did a really good job on them in the early rounds of the season, so they were probably looking to get one back on us.”
Round 20 will see the Magpies take on the Tweed Head Seagulls at Kev Bannah Oval, Julia Creek, as part of this year’s Country Week.
“From the itinerary, I don’t think that we get too much time up there, but we always enjoy getting away,” Buchanan said.
“We’ll just be looking to make sure that they boys embrace the weekend, and what it means to be playing up there.”
As for the preparations for the Seagulls game, Buchanan is aware of upsets the team has had throughout the season. “They’ve beaten the Dolphins and PNG who are both really good sides.
“We’re under no illusions that any game is going to be easy or that we are going to get the win, we just need to turn up and play our game.
“Consistency is something that we are definitely look for among the players – especially with the competition being so open to anyone.”
The Magpies v Seagulls game kicks off at 2pm at the Kev Bannah Oval.
The Devils will face the third-placed East Tigers at Archer Park, Mundubbera for a 1.40pm kick off, continuing Country Week in the Intrust Super Cup.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 19 (Travis Waddell, Brendon Gibb, Simione Fatafehi tries; Matt Minto 3 goals; Matt Minto field goal) def NORTHS DEVILS 18 (Billy Brittain, Gary Riccardi, Dane Chang tries; Haydan Lipp 3 goals) at Bishop Park.
Intrust Super Cup Ladder
|1||Souths Logan Magpies||6||2||4||0||186||167||19||0||0|
|5||Sunshine Coast Falcons||1||1||0||0||32||26||6||0||0|
Results | All Teams
West Brisbane Panthers v Logan Brothers
Logan Brothers had only decided on their starting ’16’ moments before kick-off as three players had to back up from the previous Premier Grade game. With their feeding of players to the Souths Logan Magpies, the Brethren ran on to Civic Park with seven forwards and only the one half in L.J. Waddups.
The Panthers were the first to put points on the board after a bombardment of their tryline by the homeside in the opening five minutes. A break from Kennedy Pettybourne had the Logan defence scrambling. A cross-the-field backline movement eventually had Jamie Olds scoring in the corner.
Ten minutes later a grubber kick from Waddups rebounded off fullback Adam Wickins for Waddups to regather and score under the cross bar to level it all up. The Panthers again shifted the ball from left to right, this time Pettybourne did it himself with a fend on the defence and crossed for the visitors’ second try.
A 60m break just on half time by Logan Brothers had Lincoln Paikea score in the far right corner and another thriller was on the cards as both sides went to the drinks break with the Panthers ahead 12-10.
Enter Josh Afoa. The big unit crossed twice for the Panthers, both occasions taking four defenders with him to the tryline, and the game was starting to slip away from Logan Brothers. With 15 minutes remaining Kalolo Saitaua copied Waddups with his own grubber to regain after a rebound from a defender to bring the difference to eight points.
An offload from Panther Troy Swift 5m out started a crazy movement of the footy. From the middle of Civic Park to the right corner, the ball then was switched all the way to the left for Mitch Hallinan to cross untouched after going through 10 sets of hands.
Logan Brothers with two minutes remaining were to cross in front of the clubhouse after Saitaua made a break and kicked forward for Matt Parata score. The Panthers taking the valuable three competition points 28-22.
Panthers coach Wayne Weekes said: “Our boys held their commitment for the 80 minutes against a very determined and physically tough unit. I was proud how the team responded to some honest feedback after our poor effort last week against Valleys. We need to continue that type of attitude in the coming weeks if we are to be a genuine contender in this competition.”
Weekes also paid credit to Logan Brothers. “They will be a difficult assignment for other teams in the run home to the semis. Their place on the ladder does not justify on what they are producing now.”
BRISBANE RUGBY LEAGUE: West Brisbane Panthers 28 (Josh Afoa 2, Kennedy Pettyborne, Jamie Olds, Mitch Hallinan Tries: Kane Zalewski 4 Goals) defeated Logan Brothers 22 (Matt Parata, Lincoln Paikea, LJ Waddups, Kalolo Saitaua Tries LJ Waddups 3 Goals).
FOGS COLTS U20’s: NORTHS DEVILS 38 (Samuel Collins, Jack Miers, Joel Hughes, Bailey Hartwig, Joshua Fauid, Justin Timu, Lachlan Gallegos tries; Jack Miers 5 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 28 (Bradley Frith 2, Thane Kellermeyer, Toa Faataape, Jesse Matafeo tries; Bradley Frith 4 goals) at Bishop Park.