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MAGPIES FIRE BACK AND TAKE VICTORY IN ROUND 2

A week after conceding 40 points against the PNG Hunters, the Souths Logan Magpies have turned the tables to put on a points scoring spree of their own.

The turnaround was witnessed by about 1500 country footy fans at Miriam Vale, as the Magpies tore through the Central Queensland Capras on their way to a convincing 48-12 Round 2 Intrust Super Cup victory.

Souths Logan got away to the best possible start with Herschel Gideon crossing for the opening try of the match in the ninth minute.

CQ hit back three minutes later, but that would prove to be the last time they would trouble the scorers again until late in the game as the Magpies took complete control.

Souths Logan went into the half-time break with a commanding 24-6 lead following further tries to Travis Wadell, Matt Trnka and Josh Damen.

The Capras were guilty of making some uncharacteristic mistakes at the back – and the Magpies were good enough to cash in – much to the delight of coach Josh Hannay.

Having disposed of the Burleigh Bears with a controlled second half performance last week, the Capras were eager for another strong finish in the final 40 minutes.

But their comeback prospects were almost immediately snuffed out when Scott Doyle strolled over for an easy try in the second half.

The Magpies went on with the job to notch an impressive victory, their first of the 2015 season.

 

“Overall it was a great team effort by the boys on the weekend. Despite the score line blowing out in the end, the initial 20 minutes was quite tight and on the back of a period where we completed 8 sets in a row, we were able to score 3 quick tries to skip away a bit just before half time and lead 24-6 going into the sheds.

No one player really stood out. It was genuinely a team effort and it was great to see us really kick away in the second half and not give CQ a sniff at any stage.

It was a victory that showed the potential we have as a footy team and one that will hopefully give us a bit of confidence heading into what is a tough period of footy coming up for us over the next 6 weeks” – Souths Coach Josh Hannay

UNFORTUNATE DEFEAT FOR OUR BOYS

From the club house.

“As a group we were disappointed in the result and the final score line. I think it’s fair to say we were on top for the first half hour and we were a dropped ball over the line from taking a deserved 18-6 lead just before half time.

But to the hunters credit they didn’t panic and worked there way back into the contest and backed themselves and scored a couple of tries on the stroke of halftime which broke our spirits.

There were plenty of good individual performances but it was our inability to overcome some tough calls as a team which ultimately hurt us and that’s an area of our game where we need to be a lot better.”

– Josh Hannay (Coach)

 

ROUND 1 | MATCH REVIEW

The PNG Hunters have started the season in emphatic fashion, racking up 40 points against Souths Logan at Davies Park yesterday.

Starting the game with eight debutants, the Hunters took time to adjust, conceding first points after letting a bomb bounce for Souths Logan to pounce upon to score and convert in the opening five minutes.

The Hunters bounced back quickly, surging up field through the heart of the Logan defence before a smart offload by Wartova Puara set up Adam Korave to score next to the posts to level the scores.

Play seesawed between the two sides with the Magpies dominating possession to dive under the posts from dummy half to score and convert 20 minutes into the match.

From there it was all the Hunters, with heavy defence causing turnovers and giving more possession to the talented PNG team.

The next try was simply magic from the Hunters with several offloads in traffic before Stargroth Amean dived over untouched in the corner. Roger Laka converted from the sideline to level the scores at 12-all.

The Hunters were playing with confidence and again burst down the right side running the ball on the fifth tackle in their own half.

Puara offloaded to a flying Thompson Teteh who made a searching run up field before offloading to Laka who turned it inside to Oti Bland Tony to score the first of his two tries for the match under the posts to take the lead 18-12 with 12 minutes left in the half.

The Hunters weren’t finished with however with a scrum packing down right on full time and a smart inside ball from Israel Eliab to a determined Teteh, twisting and turning and beating several defenders to score in a display of blistering speed, strength and determination.

With a 22-12 half-time lead, the Hunters started the second half in similar fashion maintaining possession with Eliab stepping to the fore after impressive lead up work by his inside men to beat two defenders and race 30 metres to score in the corner.

The game was slipping away for South’s Logan as they took the odds to a short kick-off restart, regathering and putting them on the attack, but the strong goal line defence from the Hunters caused a turnover to give possession again back to the visiting team.

It was all the Hunters as they showed a slick set of hands through the backline for Oti Bland Tony to score his second out wide.

The Hunters seemed to be able to break the Logan defence at will with smart work by an unstoppable Katio Ottio before another ensuing attacking raid from Teteh and a no look pass put David Lapua over in the corner for his first try in the Intrust Super Cup for the Hunters.

Scrappy play dominated the next stage of the match with a mountain of possession to Souths eventually seeing Logan’s best player Mitch Garbutt stretch out and score under the posts to bring the score back to 36-18.

The last statement came from Teteh who charged down a kick, regathered and raced 70m to take the fulltime score to 40-18 to the Hunters.

 

Final teams

Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Josh Damen 2. Samisoni Vaioleti 3. Mitch Hallinan 4. David Faamita 5. Matt Trnka 6. Dylan Taikato-Simpson 7. Rhys Jacks 8. Andrew Edwards 9. Herschel Gideon 10. Mitch Garbutt 11. Scott Doyle 12. Kailem Perkins 13. Sam Gardel 14. Joe Boyce 15. Travis Waddell 16. Graham Levu 17. Zac Lemberg

PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. David Lapua 3. Thompson Teteh 24. Kato Ottio 5. Edward Goma 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Roger Laka 8. Enock Maki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Henry Noki 11. Willie Minoga 12. Brandy Peter 13. Adam Korave 14. Ase Boas 15. Esau Siune 16. Atte Bina 18. Oti Bland Tony

 

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Souths Logan Magpies | 2015 Gains and Losses

The Souths Logan Magpies have cast a wide net in preparation for next season, with their new recruits coming from places as diverse the United Kingdom, Sydney and regional Queensland.

However, former junior and Queensland Under 18 and Under 16 representative Scott Doyle will be coming home to Davies Park with second rower returning from Canberra to the Magpies.

Other notable additions include young Welsh international Ollie Olds from the Ipswich Jets and junior sprint star Jordan Tighe (Cairns).

Unfortunately, injury will prevent one of the Magpies’ more consistent performers in Leon Panapa taking the field, while another stalwart of the 2014 season Darcy Wright has announced his retirement.

The Magpies will also begin their new association with the Brisbane Broncos next season after previously being affiliated with the Canberra Raiders.

Souths Logan Magpies

Gains: Jordan Tighe (Cairns), Scott Doyle (Canberra Raiders), Paul Rokolati (Sydney Roosters), Mitch Hallinan (CQ Capras), Anthony Noa (Goodna Eagles), James Tutuila (University of Gloucestershire, UK), Ollie Olds (Ipswich Jets), Brendan Wall (Marist Brothers), Doug Asiata (Gatton Hawks), Graham Levu (Mounties), Penetaui Kleskovic-Jones (Mounties)

Losses: Darcy Wright (retirement), Leon Panapa (injury), Ono So’oialo (Logan Brothers), Grant Cooke

Coach: Josh Hannay

Home Ground: Davies Park, West End

2014 finish: 10th (10 wins, 14 losses)

Intrust Super Cup Gains and Losses:

BY QRL Media

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the phenomenal talent that will be missed dearly in 2015. Darcy Wright (retirement), Leon Panapa (injury), Ono So’oialo (Transfer to Logan Brothers), Grant Cooke. All four players have contributed greatly to the success of both Intrust Super Cup and FOGS A Grade in the past years. Thank you once again, boys.

MORE INFO, PLAYER BIO’S AND COVERAGE OF SIGNINGS OVER THE COMING WEEKS

 

Footage: James Tutuila (University of Glousterchire). One of Souths’ exciting gains for 2015