The South Logan Magpies forward pack was not strong enough for the speed of the Sunshine Coast Falcons who won 26-20 and coach Danny Gray was very pleased with his side’s performance.
“The Magpies do have a very big forward pack and we threw the ball around to get past the Magpies forwards and that seemed to work really well for us,” Gray said.
“We do not have a big side and we do have a young side but we defended really well and that went a long way to get success against the Magpies forwards.”
Centre and captain for this match Cory Parker scored a hat-trick and second rower Jordon Ah-One-Remfrey scored a double to assist in the Falcons win.
“They were fantastic, they put in a good performance and they are young blokes who are contracted with the Melbourne NYC side,” Gray said.
“They both played for us last year and we are very fortunate to have them in our squad for this year.”
‘Grudge match’: Falcons versus Tigers
The Falcons will have the home-ground advantage when they host the Easts Tigers at 1:15pm on Saturday.
Gray is certain this is going to be a big one and defence is going to be the key for his side.
“Both us and the Tigers are affiliated with the Melbourne Storm so it is going to be a bit of grudge match between us,” Gray said.
“We will need to have another really good defensive game. A few games we lost early this season where we would have one good half and were not able to back up. We cannot afford for this to happen now.”
The Falcons are sitting in sixth spot, only two points behind the fifth-placed Burleigh Bears, and will be hoping to close down that gap at this weekend.
“Every game is going to be important to us to make sure we make the finals this year. Good game management, completions and defence will go a long way.”
Round 15 will kick off on Friday night with the Toowoomba Clydesdales hosting the Ipswich Jets and on Sunday the Tweed Heads Seagulls take on the Burleigh Bears and to finish the round the Norths Devils hosting Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
The Redcliffe Dolphins and the Souths Logan Magpies have a bye.