Souths Logan Magpies temporarily held 4th place and a home final with a good away win in Mackay 32-18 over a Cutters side who were in reasonable form.
The Cutters went ahead first in the 12th minute, but the Magpies hit back not long after with two tries in three minutes and never looked back. They snuck in two more tries before half time, and held a comfortable 20-6 lead at the break.
Mackay threatened to get back into the game with the second half’s first try, but once again the Magpies had a quick two try burst in three minutes to extend the gap out to 32-12 and put the game out of reach of Mackay. There was time for a consolation try for Mackay, but nothing more and Souths Logan won 32-18.
With Sunshine Coast winning the next day, the Magpies had to settle for fifth place and an away fixtures in the first week of the finals. Hapily their away form is better than their home form in 2017 and have already beaten the Falcons on the coast this season. Mackay’s season ended in a solid 8th midfield finish.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 32
Tries: Lenny Magey (22m), Sam Scarlett (25m), Brendon Gibb (33m), Paul Rokolati (36m), Jordan Scott (53m), Jack Anderson (56m)
Goals: Jamayne Isaako 4/6Conv
MACKAY CUTTERS 18
Tries: Nathan Saumalu (12m), Nicho Hynes (49m), Daniel Boyd (65m)
Goals: Jack Joass 3/3 Conv
Two teams in reasonable form meet in Mackay for a game in which only the Souths Logan side are playing for more than pride.
Mackay knocked off the Ipswich Jets last weekend, and as a result stole the seventh place off the Jets, and are in prime position to keep the title as best of the rest. Their form is quite good too, losing only twice since Round 13. The fact they are as high as seventh is some improvement on last season where they finished dead last.
Souths Logan bounced back from a heavy loss to Easts at Davies Park two rounds ago, as they mercilessly defeated the Central Capras in Rockhampton 52-10. They have named a strong side that should do the business against Mackay, but with the Cutters in such good form it won’t be easy.
A win could see the Magpies move to fourth with other results going their way, and a loss could mean they finish in sixth. As they look likely to finish 5th that will help the Magpies better, as their home game record isn’t as good as on the road.
1. Jack Joass 2. Johnny Faletagoa’i 3. Jayden Batchelor 4. Nathan Saumalu 5. Yamba Bowie 6. Nicho Hynes 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Braden Uele 9. Aaron Booth 10. Nicholas Brown 11. Setaimata Sa 12. Shane Wright 13. Bennett Leslie 14. Daniel Boyd 15. Eliki Taufahema 16. Kouma Samson 17. Leonati Feiloakitau-Fetuani 18. Semisi Tyrell
Coach: Steve Sheppard
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Cameron Booth 3. Lenny Magey 4. Paul Rokolati 5. Luke Archer 6. Matt Minto 7. Sam Scarlett 8. Rhys Melville 9. Travis Waddell 10. Sam Lavea 11. Simione Fatafehi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Phil Dennis (c) 14. Jordan Scott 15. Jack Anderson 16. Brendon Gibb 17. AJ Tuimavave 18. Matthew Parata
Coach: Jon Buchanan
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