Gaters' grip on a finals berth is now a little tighter following a comprehensive 40-10 upset over Logan Brothers on Saturday.

The Sandgate-based side were stout in defence and while both teams were missing a host of troops, Gaters were able to readjust better.  

They set up a 22-6 lead at the break and went on with the job in the second half, with Keiran English snaring a double.

Coach Craig Rodgers said the win was a watershed moment for his side who are now fifth on the Brisbane Rugby League ladder with four regular-season rounds to play.

“As far as attitude goes, it’s setting us up for the finals. But our goal is just to make it, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves,” he said after the match.

“It shows you what the club’s about, we’ve got depth there.

“We went into the game knowing that we’d have to defend, Logan Brothers are well coached and we had to get numbers in the tackles and I thought we were good at that.”

Gaters were missing up to nine regulars including Adam Marr and late withdrawal Manu Pipitolu, and played the match with just sixteen players with halfback Bobbie Goulding not getting on the field due to neck stiffness.

It forced Rodgers to juggle a number of players out of position.

Centre Kieran Turner lined up in the halves.

Another standout was former Easts Tiger Stephen Tunnicliffe, who scored a try and set up winger Aaron Corbyn with a long-range bust.

Logan Brothers started the second half with enthusiasm but couldn’t crack the Gaters goal-line defence.

In other fixtures, a late try and field goal to halfback Robbie Lane helped West Brisbane Panthers get past Easts 21-14.

The seventh-place Panthers are now three points shy of the Tigers in sixth.

Wynnum Manly Redland City kept their grip on first place with a 44-16 victory over Carina,

Normanby Hounds turned on the points, scoring eight second half tries to defeat Valleys 54-14, with Anthony Seeto getting a hat-trick.

RESULTS

Saturday, August 1

WEST BRISBANE PANTHERS 21 (Jake Dornan, Shane Seiuli, Jamie Tanuvasa, Robbie Lane tries; Jake Dornan 2 goals; Robbie Lane field goal) def EASTS TIGERS 14 (Siaosi Faingaa, Whetu Austin, Mackenzie Reid tries; Jayden Carroll goal) at Kev McKell Oval, Arana Hills.

GATERS 40 (Kieran English 2, Aaron Corbyn, Shaun Rees, Brendan Tailford, Stephen Tunnicliffe, Drae Aiono tries; Kieran Turner 5, Stephen Tunnicliffe goals) def LOGAN BROTHERS 10 (Joey Richards, Stuart Brooks tries; Ono So’Oialo goal) at South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale.

WYNNUM MANLY REDLAND CITY SEAGULLS 44 (Zach Koitka 2, Josh Hoffman 2, Mitchell Lollback, Hayden Crowley, Mitchell McMillan, Semisi Ahoafi tries; Chris Green 6 goals) def CARINA 16 (Tom Medcalf, Tom Dempsey, Andy Grodynski tries; Scott Greenhill 2 goals) at Leo Williams Oval, Carina.

NORMANBY HOUNDS 54 (Anthony Seeto 3, Robert Launiuvao 2, Jack Walters 2, Brandon Khuu, Oliver Olds, James Tutuila tries; Oliver Olds 6, David Smith goals) def VALLEYS DIEHARDS 14 (Joel Adams, Tyrone Clark, Eddie Pabai tries; Shane Picker goal) at Emerson Park, Grange.

Sunday, August 2

IPSWICH JETS 32 (Jackson Tynan, Haydan Lipp, Fakahoko Teutau, Matthew Brown, Fine Fainga, Nathan Gaulton tries; Haydan Lipp 4 goals) def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 10 (Logan Harris, Tristan Lumley tries; Jordan Mitchell goal) at Dolphin Oval.

LADDER (After Round 14)  

Team

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Agnst

Total

WM Redland City Seagulls

14

12

0

2

0

485

312

24

Ipswich Jets

14

11

0

3

0

439

287

22

Redcliffe Dolphins

14

8

0

6

0

434

310

16

Logan Brothers

14

8

0

6

0

394

367

16

Gaters

14

8

0

6

0

321

340

16

Easts Tigers

14

7

1

6

0

361

316

15

Wests Brisbane Panthers

14

6

0

8

0

371

325

12

Carina

14

4

1

9

0

322

436

9

Valleys Diehards

14

3

0

11

0

344

506

6

Normanby Hounds

14

2

0

12

0

234

506

4

ROUND 15

Saturday, August 8

3.15pm - Wynnum Manly Redland City v Logan Brothers at Kitchener Park
3.15pm - West Brisbane Panthers v Redcliffe Dolphins at Kev McKell Oval
3.30pm - Gaters v Ipswich Jets at South Pine Sports Complex
4.00pm - Normanby Houdns v Carina at Purtell Park

Sunday, August 9
3.00pm - Easts Tigers v Valleys Diehards at Allan Innes Field