Some halftime words of encouragement from coach Jason Gainey spurred Logan Brothers to a come-from-behind 30-24 victory over Easts Tigers on Saturday.

Logan Brothers trailed 12-10 at the break but posted four-second half tries to run away with the match – their sixth win of the season.

When asked about the message in the sheds, Gainey was didn’t reveal much. 

But whatever the words, they worked.

“We took some poor options in the first half when got down there and went sideways a bit too much before we’d earned the right,” Gainey said. 

“So we just wanted to get back to going forward through the middle and then shift to an edge.”

When it came to forwards, there were none more impressive than Terry Kepu.

The prop earned selection in last weekend’s South-East Queensland Poinsettias squad and continued his good form upon returning to the BRL.

“Two years ago he was running around in the Open 3s I think… a mate of mine sent him here, he got player of the competition in the Second Division last year,” Gainey said.

“He came back with a bit of a spring in his step, his form’s been great.”

The result came without inspirational captain Trevor Exton, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.

After a three-week absence, Gainey expects Exton to return at lock forward next weekend.

Following the sudden loss of Easts Tigers talent Grant Giess, players, staff and fans held a moments silence before the game.

In a show of support, players from both sides engaged in a reciprocated three cheers afterwards.

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RESULTS

IPSWICH JETS 30 (Pat McCallum, Gerico Cecil, Matthew Brown, Mitchell Tuite, Mitch Koina, Fine Fainga tries; Haydon Lipp 3 goals) def NORMANBY HOUNDS 11 (Callum Enoch-Barlow, Jack Walters tries; Oliver Olds goal; Oliver Olds field goal) at Purtell Park, Bardon.

LOGAN BROTHERS 30 (Ihaka Watene 2, Ono So’Oialo, David Faamita, Ramon Filipine, Shaun Higgins tries; Ono So’Oialo 3 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 24 (Brandon Downey, Joshua Everett, Jayden Carroll, Mackenzie Reid tries; Brandon Downey 4 goals) at Civic Park, Logan Central.

GATERS 34 (Marlon Doak 4, Shaun Rees, Manu Pipitolu tries; Kieran Turner 5 goals) def WYNNUM MANLY REDLAND CITY SEAGULLS 18 (Mitchell Lollback 3, Chris Green tries; Chris Green goal) at South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale.

CARINA 22 (Kev Stephensen, Benn Malley, Steve Tyrrell, Scott Greenhill tries; Scott Greenhill 2, Kev Stephensen goals) def WEST BRISBANE PANTHERS 14 (Jardii Nean, Sebastian Sinapati, Michael Rasmussen tries; Andrew Gormley goal) at Leo Williams Oval, Carina.

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 44 (Evander Cummins 2, Brett Coutts 2, Dylan Hawea, Jordan Mitchell, Brenden Cousins, Jake Gagel tries; Jordan Mitchell 6 goals) def VALLEYS DIEHARDS 18 (Quentin Pepe 2, Pat Rasmussen, Joel Bailey tries; Zach Lister goa) at Don Kerr Memorial Oval, Dayboro.

LADDER

 

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Agnst

Pts

Ipswich Jets

8

7

0

1

0

275

143

14

Logan Brothers

8

6

0

2

0

250

187

12

WM Redland City

8

6

0

2

0

247

208

12

Easts Tigers

8

5

1

2

0

221

160

11

Gaters

8

5

0

3

0

182

200

10

Redcliffe Dolphins

8

4

0

4

0

248

198

8

Carina

8

2

1

5

0

186

230

5

Valleys Diehards

8

2

0

6

0

230

290

4

West Bris. Panthers

8

1

0

7

0

194

221

2

Normanby Hounds

8

1

0

7

0

104

300

2

ROUND 9

Saturday, June 20
Valleys Diehards v Carina at Bishop Park - 2.30pm
West Brisbane Panthers y Logan Brothers at Kev McKell Oval - 3.30pm
Normanby Hounds v Gaters at Purtell Park - 4.00pm
Sunday, June 21
Wynnum Manly Redland City v Redcliffe Dolphins at BMD Kougari Oval - 11.45am
Easts Tigers v Ipswich Jets at Tapout Energy Stadium - 12.15pm