While it started as a close contest between Souths Logan and the Central Queensland Capras at Browne Park, the Magpies proved too strong in the end claiming a 22-12 win.
At halftime; the Magpies led 10-6, but it was still anybody’s game, with the Capras fighting hard for a win in front of their home crowd and the Magpies trying to move up a rung on the competition ladder.
It wasn’t until the second half that the Magpies extended their lead and were able to run away with the game.
Magpies coach Josh Hannay said it was a fairly tight game and gave full credit to the Capras who hung in and made it a close competition.
“We got out to an early lead in the second half and could have put it away,” Hannay said.
“However, we did bomb a few tries which stopped that from happening.
“The Capras hung in there the entire game and really made it a close competition in the end.”
Although the Magpies made a few mistakes, Hannay has been pleased with his team’s effort this season to step in when the chips have been down.
“At last count we had about 32 unavailable players,” he said. “We have had to call on guys to make debuts prematurely and have players coming in from the FOGs Colts side. The best thing is the boys have not made excuses.
“They have just gotten on with it, despite the injuries and unavailability (of players). They have put in for the club and have been working so hard.”
The match also saw the refereeing debut of Belinda Sleeman became the first female to officiate in the middle for an Intrust Super Cup game.
“She did a great job,” Hannay said. “Everyone was pleased with her overall performance.
“She was very respectful towards her treatment of players and I think some of the male referees could learn a thing or two from her.”
Player of the match Phil Dennis
From the Nest with Josh Hannay
“The last 2 weeks have seen us on the road playing up in central Queensland. Last week we ventured out to the remote, historical town of Blackall to play the easts Tigers.
The whole weekend was a great experience and our club represented themselves and the game of rugby league fantastically well while in Blackall.
The game itself was a hard fought affair. The boys showed a lot of character and were unlucky not to beat last years grand finalists, eventually going down by 2 points after leading for most of the game.
On the weekend just gone, the boys once again showed a lot of character and did well to beat a determined CQ capras side 22-12. We’ve had a couple more debutants over the past 2 weeks in David Pritchard and Jack Walters and both guys have performed really well.
At last count we currently have 32 players unavailable from our squad due to injury or other circumstances who have played at some stage during this year for us.
That’s an incredible number and it’s a credit to the guys at the moment for not using that as an excuse and ensuring they finish the year of well. One positive out of so many regulars being unavailable is that we have been able to debut a number of players we may not have otherwise and get a good look at some players of the future.
Finally I would like to wish our colts side all the best for this weekends clash against Ipswich. A win will guarantee them a spot in the finals. That will be a fantastic achievement for Steve Bretherton and his players considering how affected they have been by all the injuries that have affected our squad. Regularly over the past 6 weeks I’ve had to call on some of the colts players to fill holes for the q cup side which has undoubtedly left a real hole in the colts team. So if the boys can indeed beat Ipswich this weekend and qualify for the finals it will be a magnificent achievement by those guys. Good luck!”