BURLEIGH SEASON’S SECOND BEST AS THE MAGPIES JUST MISS OUT ON FINALS
In the weekend’s only match in which both sides had something to play for, the game lived up to pre match hype as Burleigh sealed a top two position but not without a scare from Souths Logan.
After Redcliffe has won the night before, Burleigh were now locked in a battle with Townsville for a top 2 position, and they started out with the intention on sealing that lofty finish to the season early. The Bears scored the first three tries of the game, and by the 17th minute were already 16-0 up.
Souths Logan responded with a try six minutes later to get on the board, but the Bears also responded with one more try before the break to take a 22-6 lead to the break.
All was not lost for the Magpies as they scored the next two tries, and by the 54th minute there was just 4 points in it and Souths Logan could taste the win they needed to hold onto sixth.
Unfortunately for Magpies the next score was joy for the home fans, as Cameron Cullen crossed in the 72nd minute which pushed the lead out to ten points again after it was converted. A late penalty goal gave the Bears the much needed win and a deserving top two finish and week off next weekend for the first week of the finals.
Souths Logan had a great season, and although it ultimately didn’t end in finals football, the improvement from 2015 was significant, and further progress next season could see them become next year’s big improvers like Burleigh.
BURLEIGH BEARS 30
Tries: Fogarty (3m), Wanahi (12m), Page (17m), Berkers (30m), Cullen (72m). Goals: 4/5 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 18
Tries: Isaako (23m), Russell (46m), Scarlett (54m). Goals: 3/3 Conversions.
There’s a lot to play for on Sunday afternoon as Souths Logan chase a finals berth for the first time since 2011, and the Burleigh Bears attempt to stay in the top two, and depending on the previous night’s result in Redcliffe a possible minor premiership.
Souths Logan are currently sixth, having taken advantage of the Easts Tigers recent run of losses by leap frogging them last weekend. They are in the box seat being one point ahead going into the last round, but the Tigers have the comparatively easier fixture at home to bottom placed Mackay Cutters. With both games on at the same time, mobiles will be at the ready at both grounds.
Burleigh looked likely to take the minor premiership not too long ago after defeating the Blackhawks and Ipswich in consecutive weeks, but two poorly timed losses against the Hunters and Pride has seen them in the situation that they might have to win just to remain in the top 2 and avoid knockout football in the first week of the finals. But with Townsville playing after them it may be a nervous wait for the Bears.
PLAYER TO WATCH – Jamal Fogarty (Burleigh) – recently picked up by the Parramatta Eels for 2017, he will be one of the favourites to take out the player of the year award and one to watch amongst many for the Bears. He could be a real star in the NRL next year if given the full opportunity.
Prediction: Burleigh by 6
Burleigh Bears v Souths Logan Magpies @ Pizzey Park
Kick Off: Sunday 2pm
This Season: Souths Logan 32 Burleigh 38
Last Season: Burleigh 18 Souths Logan 14
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Waka Wanahi 3. Joshua Berkers 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Olly Regan 6. Daniel Schwass 7. Jamal Fogarty (c) 8. Luke Page 9. Pat Politoni 10. Paterika Vaivai 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Hayden Schwass 13. Lachlan Burr 15. Jeff Lynch 17. Louis Fanene 18. Nathaniel Peteru 20. Josh Ailaomai
Coach: Jim Lenihan
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Cameron Booth 3. Scott Doyle 4. Marion Seve 5. Nikau Taukiri Te Rupe 14. Dan Russell 7. Sam Scarlett 8. Herman Ese’ese 9. Travis Waddell 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Leon Panapa 12. Dan Tamou 13. Joe Boyce 15. Francis Fifita 16. AJ Tuimavave 17. George Fai 18. Jake Eden 19. Benjamin Jackson
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