Match Review from the Nest l Round 18
The Weekend saw us take on traditional rival Wynnum Seagulls.
With plenty to play for, on both sides, the game was willing from the opening whistle. To Wynnum’s credit, they were more clinical and executed a lot better than we did in the first half and took a well-deserved 18-4 lead into halftime. Wynnum again started the second half the better and when they scored to push the score out to 24-4 it was looking like it was going to be a long afternoon. To our guys’ credit, we finally found some energy and started executing our plays with more purpose. We clawed our way back to within 4 points at 24-20 with 15 minutes to play. In a see sawing last 15 minutes Wynnum were able to steady and go on to record a 36-26 victory.
I couldn’t fault our player’s effort all afternoon but it was probably our dumbest performance for a long time. We were too 1 out in yardage and we weren’t finding our spots in good ball and on the back of all of this, our tackle 5 execution was terrible also. It was the players fight that kept them in the contest right until the very end, but moving forward, we will need to make sure we play a lot smarter and get back to what’s been working for us.
The day was also a celebration of Phil Dennis and his standing within the game. Phil moved into 5th position of all time, for games played in the Intrust Super Cup. It’s a hell of an achievement and testament to his durability. With Phil playing some of the best football of his career this year, it’s fair to assume there’s plenty more games left in the legend yet.
QRL Match Report
The Wynnum Manly Seagulls put a dent in the Magpies recent run of good form, posting a 36-26 win in an entertaining game at Davies Park earlier today.
The Magpies were honouring 226 games for skipper Phil Dennis (he is already their most capped player); but it was the Seagulls who were celebrating early, with winger fullback Daniel Ogden crossing for two tries within the opening 20 minutes.
The Seagulls halves helped set their side up to claim the important win; with either the XXXX man of the match Pat Templeman or the experienced Matt Seamark involved in many of their scoring successes.
Seamark’s immaculate day with the boot – where he slotted six out of his six attempts – also helped his side claim a win that was match that was much closer than expected.
In a poor first half for the Magpies, they at least made sure they stayed in touch with the visitors when winger Luke Archer was able to bring down a Sam Scarlett kick that bounced over the top of the outstretched arm of a leaping defender.
They received the opportunity to attack the Wynnum line to get that try from the most unlikely of sources, with big forward Herman Ese’ese’s kick ahead hitting the post and earning them a line drop-out.
However, the Gulls were in again before halftime to claim an 18-4 lead at the break with wholehearted winger Peter Gubb powering his way over in the right corner.
It seemed like it was game-over early in the second half when Templeman crossed for Wynnum Manly to extend their lead to 22-4; following a great bust down the left-hand side from Ogden.
A 40/20 kick from Scarlett however changed the tempo of the game – with the Magpies running in the next three tries to ensure an exciting end to the match.
Ese’ese was a shining star for the home side and proved hard to handle. The way he set up Dan Tamou to score in the 61st minute was a particular highlight; making light work of three defenders one-on-one before producing a well-timed offload for the supporting Tamou.
Their fightback saw the Magpies claw their way back into the game to trail 24-20; but a 73rd minute try from a chasing Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard effectively shut down the danger for the Seagulls.
Both sides scored one more try apiece in a high-scoring game that eventually finished with Wynnum Manly claiming their seventh win of the season.
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 36 (Daniel Ogden 2, Peter Gubb, Patrick Templeman, AdamTuimavave-Gerrard, Mitchell Buckett tries; Mathew Seamark 6 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 26 (Luke Archer, Joe Boyce, Dan Tamou, Marion Seve, Leon Panapa tries; Bradley Frith 3 goals) at Davies Park.
This Sunday we take on old rivals the Easts Tigers at Davies Park. Come on down and support our boys in what’s sure to be a cracker of a game. With both teams wanting to play finals footy Souths really need to up their game to relieve some pressure. This week we welcome back Nick Doyle! See you all there, let’s help make our second last home game of the season one to remember!