After a week off for the Intrust Super Cup’s Country Week, the Hastings Deering Colts action returns this weekend as teams gear up to make their push towards the finals.
With only five rounds left in the regular season, the ladder is starting to take shape with the competition approaching the home stretch.
Souths Logan Magpies are one team looking to keep pace with the top six and have a massive task ahead of them this weekend against the top placed Townsville Blackhawks at Davies Park.
After a tough two-point loss to the Tweed Heads Seagulls two weeks ago, the Magpies are looking for a huge bounce back win against the competition leaders, which will be no easy feat.
Magpies coach Shayne Boyd said his side were confident that if they could complete their sets and maintain plenty of possession; they could not only test the Blackhawks; they could get the win this week to keep their finals hopes alive.
“The key for us is that we need to control our own destiny,” Boyd said. “What’s happened with us previously is that our errors are what’s costing us, not the opposition, so we’ve just got to worry about ourselves.”
The Magpies will have plenty of motivation driving them this week as coach Boyd says it’s a massive day for the Souths Logan club.
“Being at home this week does help and it’s a big day for our club as well being our ‘Old Boys’ Day and it’s the 271st game for Phil Dennis, so he’ll break the record for most Intrust Super Cup games ever, so it’s a massive day for our club,” he said.
Boyd knows the Blackhawks are leading the competition for a reason – and with only one loss to their name, he admitted that his own side needed to be up for the task to get the much-needed win.
“They execute pretty well, their five-eighth and captain (Sam Martin) is pretty dangerous, but apart from that, they’re a pretty well-drilled side so we’ve just got to be on our game to match them,” he said.
Another game to keep an eye on this week with finals implications will see the Burleigh Bears host the Victoria Thunderbolts at Pizzey Park.
Burleigh hold the fifth spot on the ladder, only two points ahead of Victoria who find themselves just outside the top six at seventh.
A win for the Thunderbolts by seven or more points would see them leapfrog the Bears into the top six, with Wynnum Manly sitting one point between the two for the final spot.