SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 42
Tries: Scott Doyle (2m), Jamayne Isaako (12m), Lenny Magey (19m), Scott Doyle (23m), Jamayne Isaako (45m), Simione Fatafehi (49m), Cameron Booth (61m)
Goals: Jamayne Isaako 7/7 Conv
NORTHERN PRIDE 28
Tries: Matthew Musumeci (6m), William Bugden (30m), Graham Clark (35m), Marcus Jensen (72m), Connor Jones (78m)
Goals: Khan Ahwang 4/5 Conv
Souths Logan left Townsville with the points and probably a few egos after downing the Blackhawks. The Pride put six on the board in the first five minutes and then held off the Seagulls for the remainder to leave Barlow park with the win.
Last Time Out:
Souths Logan beat the Blackhawks and made good use of the errors and missed tackles in doing so. Every win taken from the Blackhawks is tough, but they were the better side and more importantly the better team on the day. When you are playing for your mates, it often helps your game when it gets tough.
The Magpies dominated possession had ten more runs but 150 more metres gained and missed 16 less tackles in disciplined performance that helped them move up the table and they now sit equal on points with 5th with just points determining position.
The Northern Pride kept the Tweed to four points and yet will know they have a lot of improvement if they are to be more than just a bottom half side for this season. Although the stats between both sides were remarkably even, it is the number of missed tackles and errors that they will need to reduce, if they want to go further into this season.
It is hard to garner much out of a 6-4 game, but for the Pride to be better, they need to get more out of their back three from the kick return/first tackle situation. Gideon Mosby Gela put in 116 metres of a total of 210, which shows that they need more from their other wing and fullback.
Who to look out for:
For the Pride, Prop pairing Bugden and Schonig were a huge positive for their team. Both had decent numbers in defence and put up over 100 metres each. If they are to cause an upset over the Magpies, it would be off efforts like this.
The Magpies have a similar advantage in their second row. Both Fatafehi and Su’a went for over 180 metres apiece. Combined with Fatafehi’s monster 36 tackles, you can see how he is easily the player to watch.
How they will win:
Souths Logan showed both patience and control in their victory over the Blackhawks. Against a side that has known to shoot themselves in the foot with victory in sight, it will be these facets of their game that should allow them to take the points.
The Pride will need to improve on their excellent defensive effort from last weekend. Shutting down the Magpies pack will assist in this, but do the Pride have the 250 tackles in them to shut down the forwards? We shall see.
The Magpies should win this game, however, the ISC has already thrown up some surprising upsets, and it would not surprise me to see Ty Williams sitting back in the coach’s booth with a smile at the end of this game. Logic say Magpies by 4.
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Cameron Booth 3. Lenny Magey 4. Scott Doyle 5. Luke Archer 6. Matthew Minto 7. Conner Toia 8. Aotealofa Tuimavave 9. Travis Waddell 10. Sam Lavea 11. Simione Fatafehi 12. Jaydn Su’a 13. Joe Boyce 14. Jordan Scott 15. Phil Dennis 16. Jack Anderson 17. Lilomaiava Mago
Coach: Jon Buchanan
1. Jared Allen 2. Matthew Musumeci 3. Javid Bowen 4. Khan Ahwang 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Ryan Ghietti (c) 8. Darryn Schonig 9. Colin Wilkie 10. William Bugden 11. Tom Hancock 12. Graham Clark 13. Joel Riethmuller 14. Connor Jones 15. Troy Kapea 16. Patrick Mago 17. Aidan Day 18. Justin Castellaro 19. Keelan White 20. Jack Brock
Coach: Ty Williams
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