'Sustained power' lifts Logan to victory

Logan Brothers have left the Easts Juniors players and fans shell-shocked, tearing their way through the home team in a 50-12 drubbing on Saturday.


The sustained power and intensity of the Logan forwards was too much for the hosts, exploding into the Easts defence with the same ferocity in the final minute as they did in the first.


Both teams came out guns blazing in the opening exchanges, trying to stamp their authority over their opponents early in the game. Despite a half-chance for Easts on the five-minute mark, the visitors were the first to hit the scoreboard, with John Maireroa crossing the line to secure a 6-0 lead.


A penalty deep in Logans half gave the home team the chance to hit back through winger Jeremy Tyree, notching up a four-pointer to bring the margin back to 6-4.


However, Easts were unable to build momentum from the try, as the might of Logans attack roared into life. Liva Mau and Alex Taumaoe smashed through the Easts line to put centre Jarrod Kendall over twice, blowing their lead out to 18-4.


A string of clumsy penalties by Logan late in the half undid their attacking brilliance and Easts Juniors pounced, sending strike weapon Mitchell Evendeen and Tom Price over to narrow the half-time score to 18-12.


These two tries were the last time the home crowd had anything concrete to cheer about, as the game moved into the second half and the floodgates opened.


Easts centre Ray Paiena came charging out of the blocks on the kick return and slid through a hole in the Logan defence to come within a whisker of a try, creating back-to-back attacking sets.


Logan weathered the storm, before turning their attention to tearing through the tiring Easts defence to pile on six tries in the final 30 minutes of the game.


When they werent busy scoring, the visitors spent the rest of their time clobbering the hosts ball carriers into submission and shutting down the dangerous Easts centres, robbing them of any chance of consolation tries.


The win turns up the intensity in the battle for the top four, with second-placed Easts now only two points ahead of fifth-placed Pine Rivers, and Aspley and Logan tied for third.