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Wanderers cruise to strong win over Sunnybank

A determined Logan Wanderers continued their winning ways with a 30-8 defeat of Souths Sunnybank in the Open 3 Southside contest played on Saturday at Jim Murdoch Oval.

The Wanderers stunned the home side with a near perfect display that saw the Logan outfit continue to keep away from the bottom of the ladder with a five tries to two victory.

It was Souths who registered the first points, however, courtesy of Magpies hooker Connor Southam, who somehow spun out of the tackle and crossed in the 12th minute of play.

It was one-way traffic for the visiting Logan Wanderers from there on as halfback Nana Te Rangi led the way with a superb performance.

The diminutive halfback was responsible for the Wanderers first try with a beautiful cut-out pass to find Aaron Kohai who strolled in for the easiest of tries.

Two minutes later, Te Rangi was at his brilliant best again with another perfect cut-out pass finding fullback Nick Mullens who reached out and planted the ball down beside the sticks.

As Sunnybank were trying to contain the Logan pack, Te Rangi proved to be the pivotal cog, again finding Mullens in a near identical passage of play to see the custodian sprint away for his second try, this time unopposed to score under the sticks.

Logan did have another shot at scoring before the break, but some industrial strength defence by the Magpies halted any chance of that happening and Logan went into the break with a comfortable 18-4 lead.

The Wanderers kicked off the second half with a try for five-eighth Deshaun Lifu-Bray's personal highlights reel, when he put in a superb chip and regather, then bamboozled the defence with a step off both feet to cross under the sticks in the 44th minute.

Magpies were trying desperately to hang on and some solid performances by fullback Vilirie Lasaqa and Tom Hughes as well as forwards Rongo Kohai, Dennis Kameta and Jason Eade was not enough to halt the Logan juggernaut.

Another Te Rangi assist led to Kohai grabbing his double and rounded off the Logan points. Sunnybank added a late consolation try by rolling the dice and running it on the last tackle, with prop Matt Dunsmore crashing over.

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* Mike Simpson is a QRL correspondent covering the Rugby League Brisbane competitions