The second game of the weekend to be decided by a last minute field goal went in the favour of the Souths Logan Magpies who overcame a determined Norths Devils side in the weekend’s TV game at Bishop Park.
Norths had the early running with two tries and a penalty to lead 12-0 by the 16th minute, but those who held the unfancied double of two numbers nines could rub their hands a little later when the Souths Logan hooker Travis Waddell crossed to make a hooker’s affair for first try scorer. The Magpies scored again not long after to make it 12-12 at the break.
Another try a piece by the halfway point of the second half saw the scores remaining deadlocked at 18-18, and off season signing Matt Minto proved just what great piece of business that was by slotting home the one pointer after Norths had missed their chance up the other end.
Souths Logan’s win makes it that little bit harder for the chasing pack to break into the Top 6, and Norths are one of those who will have to start looking to 2018. A season in which they will have a new head coach after Mark Gliddon announced last week that he was leaving the Devils.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 19
Tries: Travis Waddell (29m), Brendon Gibb (35m), Simione Fatafehi (57m)
Goals: Matt Minto 3/3 Conv
Field Goal: Matt Minto (79m)
NORTHS DEVILS 18
Tries: Billy Brittain (3m), Gary Riccardi (16m), Dane Chang (49m)
Goals: Hayden Lipp 2/3 Conv, 1 Pen
Sunday’s TV Game features two team who have been big providers of talent for the Broncos in 2017. Jai Arrow makes his return to the Broncos thanks to a reshuffle to give Origin players Matt Gillett and Josh Maguire a rest and Magpies Jamayne Isaako has been rewarded for some excellent form with Souths Logan, and will even get to play in his accustomed fullback role. Quite a reward as they had to shift Jordan Kahu to the wing.
The Devils responded to their coach Mark Gliddon announcing he will move on after the season by breaking their 7 game losing streak in Cairns last weekend against the Pride. They will need to keep winning as finals are a very distant chance and eight points ahead, but the bottom of the ladder is just four points away too.
Souths Logan were beaten by the Jets last weekend, a result which opened up the race for the final Top 6 spot, and will need to avoid another loss this weekend to make sure it that battle is not too interesting.
It should be an interesting match for the TV audience, with a watch on the great prospect that is Matiu Love-Henry. Although you can’t beat the skills of a seasoned player like Phil Dennis for the Magpies too. Two players at either end of the careers are ones to watch.
1. Javarn White 2. Michael Lucas 3. Delouise Hoeter 4. Luke Pollock 5. Dane Chang 6. Haydan Lipp 7. Gary Riccardi 8. Darcy Maroske 9. Billy Brittain 10. Sione Palavi 11. David Faamita 12. Matiu Love-Henry 13. Jai Arrow 14. Danny Kerr 15. Dalton Phillips 16. Tama Koopu 17. Jarryd Dodd
Coach: Mark Gliddon
Souths Logan Magpies
1. David Pritchard 2. Cameron Booth 3. Lenny Magey 4. Scott Doyle 5. Luke Archer 6. Matt Minto 7. Sam Scarlett 8. George Fai 9. Travis Waddell 10. Sam Lavea 11. Simione Fatafehi 12. Leon Panapa 13. Joe Boyce 14. Jordan Scott 15. Phil Dennis (c) 16. AJ Tuimavave 17. Rhys Melville 18. Brendon Gibb 19. Jack Anderson
Coach: Jon Buchanan
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