Souths Logan Magpies are flying high after hosting the Townsville Blackhawks and beating the Intrust Super Cup heavyweights 30-12.
With an 18-point victory last weekend over the Tweed Heads Seagulls, the Magpies have started to find form in the latter part of the season.
‘They were in control and playing with emotion and energy’
Coach Josh Hannay could not fault his side’s effort in their Round 17 victory at Davies Park, and was pleased his boys were able to go on with the job after holding a slender two-point lead at halftime.
“I could never fault the guys for their effort and it was nice to see the players getting rewarded,” Hannay said.
“They were in control and playing with emotion and energy. It was a hard-fought first-half, but it was well deserved.”
The Magpies were able to keep the Blackhawks scoreless in the second-half while piling on 16 points of their own.
“We absorbed pressure and repelled the attack of Townsville well,” Hannay said.
“Townsville threw a lot at us in the second-half, it was great see the players defending well and then being the first to score.”
‘He is the best halfback in the game’
Magpies halfback Sam Scarlett scored a double and Hannay could not praise his him enough.
“Sam has been fantastic this year, he is a livewire who challenges the line and we are lucky to have a player of his quality in our side,” Hannay said.
“He is the best halfback in the game and I would not pick anyone over Sam. His performance has continued to back that up.”
The Magpies will host Wynnum Manly on Sunday at Davies Park and Hannay is hoping his side can replicate this performance, especially with finals looming.
“I am hoping this performance against Townsville can give the team some confidence ahead of this weekend’s game against Wynnum,” Hannay said.
“It is going to be a tough battle and we will need to be at our best to beat a team like Wynnum,”
“There is so much the players are doing right with their energy in defence, composure under the high ball and their attack. It would be great to carry it into this weekend and the remainder of the season.”
The Blackhawks will have a bye this weekend but will kick off Round 19 by hosting the Burleigh Bears at Jack Manski Oval.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 30 (Sam Scarlett 2, George Fai, Luke Archer, Leon Panapa tries; Bradley Frith 5 goals) def TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 12 (Brenden Santi, Rhyse Martin tries; Corey Jensen 2 goals) at Davies Park.