Milestone man Soper-Lawler helps Souths quash Pride

Souths Logan winger Matthew Soper-Lawler make a key impression in his 50th Intrust Super Cup game; crossing for two tries as the Magpies held on against the Pride.

The former Sunshine Coast Falcon scored in both the 15th minute and 23rd minute in the match played at Barlow Park as the visitors did all their attacking work mid-way through the first half; before holding in the second as the Pride attempted to claw their way back after being behind 16-6 at halftime.

With this Round 6 result, Souths Logan have now won five of the past six games played between these two sides.

Souths coach Jon Buchanan said it was pleasing for his side to be able to defend their way to a victory which he hopes will be a good confidence boost.

"We managed to built a lot of pressure, but full credit to the Pride who defended well so we just couldn't put the final nail in the coffin and they were able to score late in the game," he said.

"Defensively, we've been taking some good steps forward over the last few weeks in patches, but just haven't been able to sustain it for the full 80 minutes, so it was good to come away with a win as Cairns are a good footy side and always tough to beat at home.

"Shaun Fensom was impressive again along with a few of our backs, in particular Matt Soper-Lawler and Gerome Burns but in general they all played well and it was very much a team effort."

While disappointed with a loss - their fourth in a row - the Pride would have found some comfort in their much sterner defensive effort in this game; and in a positive - co-captain David Murphy also made his return to the field via the bench.

Next week, the Pride will be hoping to break their slump when they host the Wynnum Manly Seagulls on Thursday evening.

The Magpies will aim to build on their Round 6 result when they take on the highly fancied Easts Tigers at Langlands Park, also on Thursday evening.