SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 22
Tries: Scott Doyle (3m), Scott Doyle (30m), Cameron Booth (67m), Luke Archer (78m)
Goals: 2 Conversions, 1 Penalty
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 12
Tries: Jake Turpin (65m), Jake Turpin (71m)
Goals: 2 Conversions
A mouth watering battle looms on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon between two sides who currently benefit well from feeder arrangements with NRL clubs. The Sunshine Coast Falcons who partner with Melbourne, drew with their Storm feeder counterparts Easts Tigers last weekend, and there is previous between these two sides and draws as Souths Logan and Sunshine Coast drew in 2016.
Souths Logan look to have the better side on paper, especially with a front row that have plenty of Broncos experience. In particular Joe Ofahengaue who moved from Ipswich to Souths Logan just before the season started to be with his fellow Broncos fringe players at Davies Park.
Former NZ Warrior Kevin Locke has been named fullback amongst the Sunshine Coast Falcons big names, and the backup Eddie Tautali has plenty also, if they both make the field on Saturday. One pick up from the Storm feeder program is former PNG Hunter Justin Olam who had a great Round 1 with a match high 196 metres from 18 runs.
Will there be more points scored in total between these two sides in Round 1 than their error and penalty totals? Sunshine Coast cored 7 points but conceded 11 Penalties and 12 errors. Souths Logan scored just 4 points but gave away 8 penalties and 17 errors.
It is only early days in 2017, and those questions and more are awaiting an answer from the Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The key battle is whether the Magpies Bronco heavy forward pack can get the momentum from the relatively lesser known Falcons pack. With the bigger names, all with an eye on a Brisbane NRL berth, it should be Souths Logan.
Souths Logan by 2
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Kevin Locke 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Matthew Grieve 4. Jeremy Hawkins 5. Justin Olam 6. Sean Yorston 7. Guy Hamilton 21. Liam McDonald 9. Alex Bishop (c) 10. Harrison Muller 11. Jye Ballinger 12. Jon Grieve 13. Lachlan Timm 14. Jake Turpin 15. Christian Morris 16. Martin Cordwell 17. Eddie Tautali 18. Thomas Geraghty
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Cameron Booth 3. Daniel Russell 4. Scott Doyle 5. Luke Archer 6. Matthew Minto 7. Samuel Scarlett 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Travis Waddell 10. George Fai 11. Simione Fatafehi 12. Daniel Tamou 13. Joseph Boyce 14. Jack Walters 15. Phillip Dennis (c) 16. Samuelu Lavea 17. Aotealofa Tuimavave
Coach: Jon Buchanan
2016 R11 Sunshine Coast 16 Souths Logan 16
2016 R21 Souths Logan 12 Sunshine Coast 48
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