The Easts Tigers and Souths Logan Magpies came into Round 23 of the Intrust Super Cup separated by just one point, but finished worlds apart as the Easts Tigers demolished the Magpies and saw off their top two hopes whilst dramatically increasing their own.
Easts took full advantage of the Falcons’ loss too, as they now sit in third place with the Dolphins only a point away in second.
It looked like it could be a very one sided game early as the Tigers held the upper hand and scored two tries in the first nine minutes, but the Magpies scored their first in the 20th with what felt like their first extended period in their opposition’s 20m area for the game and it 12-4.
That was as close as it got for Souths Logan as the Tigers ran away with the game. They ended the half with two long range efforts from Brodie Croft and Young Tonumaipe’a and led 22-4 at the break.
The second half saw four tries to one again for the Tigers, and the 3 try burst in nine minutes starting just after half time was the end of the contest for the match as the Tigers had a 40-6 lead. There was enough time left for Souths Logan to get another try and Brodie Croft to complete his double, but the contest had been finished a long time before.
Easts are shaping nicely for the finals now, and will be a real dark horse for the title, Souths Logan will need to regroup and face the prospect of knockout finals football.
EASTS TIGERS 46
Tries: Mark Nicholls (3m), Young Tonumaipe’a (9m), Brodie Croft (31m), Young Tonumaipe’a (40m), Shane Neumann (46m), Sale Finau (51m), Jarrod McInally (55m), Brodie Croft (75m)
Goals: Billy Walters 7/8 Conv
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 10
Tries: Luke Archer (20m), Jaydn Su’a (70m)
Goals: Jamayne Isaako 1/2 Conv
There’s only one game on offer on Sunday afternoon, but for the fans in SEQ and the TV audiences across Queensland they should have a cracking game to watch.
Both sides have been the silent achievers of the 2017 Intrust Super Cup, the Tigers sit just four points from first and have lost just once in seven matches. The Magpies are a point further back but have had their second bye, no there are no guaranteed two points to come for them.
It appears Easts will have to do it without rising star Brodie Croft who will be called up to the Storm on the weekend, but in Brayden Torpy and Billy Walters have plenty of quality in the halves to cover his loss. The halves battle is a good one, with the Magpies combination of Matt Minto and Sam Scarlett also in fine form throughout 2017.
Nate Myles has been named for the Tigers, and will provide some general interest in the game. But the bigger point of interest for both sets of fans is gaining advantage over their opponent from this weekend and keeping a chance at a top two spot alive for another week, and at minimum a top four spot and guaranteed home final.
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Jamayne Isaako 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. Brendon Gibb 17. Jaydn Su’A 13. Phil Dennis (c) 14. Jordan Scott 16. AJ Tuimavave 15. Jack Anderson
Coach: Jon Buchanan
1. Maeli Seve 2. Young Tonumaipe’a 3. Shane Neumann 4. Brayden Torpy 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Billy Walters 7. Brodie Croft 8. Nate Myles 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Robert Rochow 13. Jack Svendsen 14. Matt Zgrajewski 15. Charlie Galo 16. Mat Pitman 17. Luke Lavelle 18. Steven Thorpe 19. John Puna
Coach: Scott Sipple
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