Souths Logan Magpies swooped into the top 6 at the expense of top 6 mainstays Easts Tigers with a win in Mackay that consigns the Cutters to the 2016 wooden spoon.
The Magpies have been one of a number of improved teams in a 2016 season which has seen a changing of the order from 2015, and they are just one game away from sealing that improvement with a finals appearance. Their first since 2011.
The Magpies started off with a bang with a try to occasional Bronco Herman Ese’ese in the second minute and Dan Tamou four minutes later. A double to Magpies centre Scott Doyle followed the solitary Cutters try from Cowboys player John Asiata in the first half as the visitors took a 22-6 lead to the break. It was a good scoring day for Scott Doyle as he landed 6/7 conversions for a personal tally of 20 points for the day.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Magpies scored three tries to one with ten minutes to go to hold a commanding lead of 28 points. The Cutters put on two late consolation tries to reduce the damage, but unfortunately for the Mackay side the loss confirmed they are unable to catch the second last place Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Souths Logan now have it all in their hands next weekend to play finals football, but the task is a tough one, away to the Burleigh Bears. If they can beat the Bears on their turf, it will show they belong in the top 6, and should be taken seriously after wins against Townsville, Easts and Redcliffe, and a draw against the Sunshine Coast already this season.
SOUTHS LOGAN 40 – Tries: Ese’ese (2m), Tamou (6m), Doyle (32m), Doyle (39m), Scarlett (47m), Russell (61m), Panapa (69m). Goals – Doyle 6/7 Conv.
MACKAY CUTTERS 22 – Tries: Asiata (15m) Chudleigh (52m), Pereira (75m), Kepa (77m). Goals: Taylor 2/3 Conv, Asiata 1/1 Conv.
FINALS AND FINAL SPOT ON LADDER ON THE LINE IN MACKAY
The Souths Logan Magpies push towards the Intrust Super Cup final series continues this weekend in Mackay against a Cutters side who can still avoid the wooden spoon after a disappointing season.
Having seen the Magpies in action against the Hunters in Round 1, the thoughts were that the Magpies looked much improved from the memory of 2015 and capable of a few more wins, but stopped short of predicting finals.
A good mix of Broncos fringe players, and hardened ISC players like Phil Dennis has worked well for Souths Logan so far this season as they sit on the same number of points as sixth placed Easts. They need to keep winning though, as Wynnum below them also loom as final contenders. The Magpies have lost only 3 times since Round 10, which is a record the equal of or better than the teams above them.
Mackay’s 2016 season could be described as disappointing, but it can still be salvaged if they can avoid the wooden spoon. Which is still a mathematic possibility. The Cutters need to win both of their remaining games and hope the Tweed Heads Seagulls don’t taste victory either. Whilst not a success, avoiding last would still be an achievement for a side who lost X in a row to start the season.
Mackay’s record in their last 6 games has been WLWLWL. So, on that logic it means a Mackay win this weekend.
Prediction: Mackay by 2
Mackay Cutters v Souths Logan Magpies @ BB Stadium Mackay
Kick Off: 6pm
This Season: Souths Logan 18 Mackay 18
Last Season: Souths Logan 32 Mackay 18
1. Liam Taylor 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Tautau Moga 4. Johnny Faletagoa’i 5. Mick Pearsall 6. Yosepha Kepa 7. Delayne Ashby 8. Braden Uele 9. Josh Chudleigh 10. Ryan Kinlyside 11. Leonati Feiloakitau-Fetuani 12. Andrew Davey 13. Isaac Richardson 14. Jacob Pottinger 15. Alexander Farrell 16. Joss Boyton 17. Dylan Patteson 18. Dalton Phillips
Coach: Jim Wilson
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Derek Stowers 2. Nikau Taukiri Te Rupe 3. Scott Doyle 4. Marion Seve 5. Cameron Booth 6. Phil Dennis (c) 7. Benjamin Jackson 8. George Fai 9. Jack Walters 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Leon Panapa 12. Dan Tamou 13. Joe Boyce 14. Jake Eden 15. Francis Fifita 16. Dan Russell 17. Sam Elliott
Coach: Josh Hannay
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