A vey late field goal from Magpies halfback Sam Scarlett in the 79th minute was the difference between the Souths Logan Magpies and the Burleigh Bears on Saturday afternoon at Pizzey Park.
Having clawed back against the PNG Hunters last weekend, and missing a sideline conversion after the siren to miss out on a draw, it was the Magpies turn to be the hunted this weekend as the Bears fought back to draw with seven minutes to play.
The reigning premiers who were looking for their first win of the season scored first through Sami Sauiluma, the former Raiders and Sharks in the NRL opened the scoring after just 7 minutes.
The next 18 points went to the travelling side as a try just before half time, and another two by the 58th minute left the Magpies with a healthy 18-6 lead, by which time winger Luke Archer sealed a brace.
Burleigh set up an exciting finish with a burst of two tries in four minutes, the first of which gave Sami Sauiluma his second of the night.
The game was decided in the 79th minute when Souths Logan halfback Sam Scarlettt slotted a field goal, and with it came a second victory for the Magpies in 2017. It is two more than the Burleigh Bears, who have 0 points to show for 2017 despite some good performances.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 19
Tries: Luke Archer (39m), Daniel Tamou (46m), Luke Archer (58m)
Goals: Jamayne Isaako 3 Conv
Field Goal: Sam Scarlett (79m)
BURLEIGH BEARS 18
Tries: Sami Sauiluma (7m), Sami Sauiluma (69m), Henare Wells (73m)
Goals: Keanu Te Kiri 3 Conv
Reigning premiers Burleigh Bears head into their Round 4 clash with the Souths Logan Magpies without a competition point, and are currently looking to emulate the 2015 Premiers feat from last season of winning a premiership one year, and failing to make the finals in their next.
The Bears haven’t been too far away in 2017 in their games, but they have been a victim of their own success in 2016 with key departures and the Titans injury crisis doesn’t help either. Whether they can turn it around at Pizzey Park on Saturday afternoon remains to be seen.
Souths Logan took the fight to the PNG Hunters last Sunday, and there was nothing much in it in the first half. When it looked like the Hunters might skip away with it in the second half, the Magpies held strong and chipped away at the lead.
They had a chance to draw the game with a conversion after the siren after scoring with just 12 seconds to go, and despite the miss it could be argued a point a piece would have been a fair result.
Although it is only early days in the season, the mental block of having to overcome four straight losses would be plenty of inspiration for the 2016 premiers, with a lot of work to be done to play finals with a 0-4 record.
WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR
Burleigh seemed to have unveiled a natural try scorer in Troy Leo, and so we will see if the early scoring success continues.
For the Magpies it is their playmakers that will make the difference, Matt Minto is top quality and has been wherever he plays, and Souths Logan always look their most dangerous when Phil Dennis is on the field. The period where both are on the field at the same time will be crucial to a Souths Logan win.
Souths Logan by 6
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Troy Leo 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Oliver Regan 6. Daniel Schwass 7. Samuel Grant 8. Luke Page (c) 9. Sam Coster 16. Matt White 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Dylan Kelly 13. Parahi Wilson 14. Christopher Law 17. Lorenzo Ma’afu 18. Hayden Schwass 19. Darren Griffiths
Coach: Jim Lenihan
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. Jack Anderson 12. Daniel Tamou (c) 13. Joseph Boyce 14. Jack Walters 15. Phil Dennis (c) 16. Samuelu Lavea 17. Aotealofa Tuimavave
Coach: Jon Buchanan
R7 Souths Logan 32 Burleigh 38
R25 Burleigh 30 Souths Logan 18
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