While it started as a close contest between Souths Logan and the Central Queensland Capras at Browne Park, the Magpies proved too strong in the end claiming a 22-12 win.

At halftime; the Magpies led 10-6, but it was still anybody’s game, with the Capras fighting hard for a win in front of their home crowd and the Magpies trying to move up a rung on the competition ladder.

It wasn’t until the second half that the Magpies extended their lead and were able to run away with the game.

Magpies coach Josh Hannay said it was a fairly tight game and gave full credit to the Capras who hung in and made it a close competition.

“We got out to an early lead in the second half and could have put it away,” Hannay said.

“However, we did bomb a few tries which stopped that from happening.

“The Capras hung in there the entire game and really made it a close competition in the end.”

Although the Magpies made a few mistakes, Hannay has been pleased with his team’s effort this season to step in when the chips have been down.

“At last count we had about 32 unavailable players,” he said. “We have had to call on guys to make debuts prematurely and have players coming in from the FOGs Colts side. The best thing is the boys have not made excuses.

“They have just gotten on with it, despite the injuries and unavailability (of players). They have put in for the club and have been working so hard.”

The match also saw the refereeing debut of Belinda Sleeman became the first female to officiate in the middle for an Intrust Super Cup game.

“She did a great job,” Hannay said. “Everyone was pleased with her overall performance.

“She was very respectful towards her treatment of players and I think some of the male referees could learn a thing or two from her.”  

SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 22 (Jack Joass, Ben Jackson, Tikiko Noke, Jack Walters tries; Scott Doyle 3 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 12 (Jake Ainsworth, Gerard Tema tries; Ian Webster 2 goals) at Browne Park.

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Final Team lists:

CQ Capras: 1. Reece Baker 2. Jake Ainsworth 4. Sam Smith 5. Tarrant Mariner 6. Matt Minto 7. Mark Johnstone 8. Gerard Tema 9. Ian Webster 10. Gavin Hiscox 11. Dan Randall 12. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 13. Guy Williams (c) 14. Corbyn Kilday 15. Nathan Young 16. Josh Johnston 17. Tyson White 18. Josh Mitchell

Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Jack Joass 2. Matt Trnka 3. Josh Damen 4. Tim Brooks 5. Mitch Hallinan 6. Ben Jackson 7. Rhys Jacks 8. Tikiko Noke 9. Ben Thorburn 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Scott Doyle 12. Daniel Tamou 13. Phil Dennis (c) 14. Jack Walters 15. David Pritchard 16. Sam Gardel 17. Leon Panapa