Magpies end losing streak in fine style

The Magpies ended a five-game losing run by defeating the Easts Tigers 44-22 in Round 7 of the In Safe Hands Cup.

With wins to the Diehards, Panthers and Magpies across the weekend, the ladder has three teams on equal points at the top of the ladder and three teams sitting on equal points on the bottom.

Souths Logan have been putting some good football on the field for the majority of their encounters this season, only to fall on their sword and cost themselves victory time-and-again. Against Easts, though, they managed to right the ship and get the crucial win.

The Magpies touched down first with a try in the right corner to Josateki Lalagavesila. Easts hit back with left centre Maxwell Fesolai then again on the left side as both sides looked to take a strangle hold on the game.

Souths Logan went over soon after to level it up after a nifty grubber to the in goal from Lachlan Cooper sat up nicely for back rower Kobe Tararo to regather.

The see-sawing continued after Tiger Chris Otswald offloaded a flick pass to the left of Davies Park, ending in Brandon Downey going in out wide to put the visitors ahead once more.

Otswald would back up in support play shortly after to this time to go over under the cross bar with the Tigers gaining the ascendency going to the sheds leading 22-12.

Magpies coach Darren Ferricks brought his best halftime sermon to the home change rooms as the Magpies flew on to their home turf to produce their best half of football of 2019 in the second half.

With the experience of Phil Dennis, the most-capped Intrust Super Cup player of all-time, at their disposal, the Magpies were unstoppable posting 32 unanswered points in the final 30 minutes.

Jacob Tonge scored three tries while Sinione Fatafehi, Lachlan Cooper and Brett Ferguson also crossed the line with Souths Logan showing their faithful and the other clubs what they are capable of.

The 22-point win was the Magpies’ second of the season, while the defeat was Easts fifth on the trot.

Elsewhere in Round 7, the Panthers and Dolphins went down to the wire at Dolphin Stadium with Wests Brisbane holding on to a 20-18 victory.

As they have made a habit of doing this season, the Dolphins gave the visitors too much head start and gave themselves too much work to do despite a second half fightback.

Finally, the battle between the two most recent premiers the Diehards and Seagulls was a decisive victory for the Valleys who posted a 50-24 win.

Recent encounters between the two sides have been exceptionally close, however on this occasion, Valleys were in no mood to tussle as they flexed their attacking muscle against the defending champions.

Brisbane Rugby League In Safe Hands Cup Round 7 results

Panthers 20 (Luke Pollock 2, Kyle Van Klaveren tries Khan Ahwang 4 goals) def Dolphins 18 (Justice Utatao, Zev John, Tevita Mapapalangi tries Oscar Carter 3 goals)

Magpies 44 (Jacob Tonge 3, Kobe Tararo, Sinione Fatafehi, Lachlan Cooper, Brett Ferguson, Josateki Lalagavesila tries Joshua Bowyer 6 goals) def Tigers 22 (Chris Ostwald 2, Maxwell Fesolai 2 tries Brandon Downey 3 goals)

Diehards 50 (Kobe Hetherington 2, Simon Brittain-Snowden 2, Zac Friend, Dylan Tavita, Ethan Richards, Pride Petterson-Robati, Ben Mataia tries Jack Miers 7 goals) def Seagulls 24 (Rashaun Denny, Semisi Ahoafi, Andrew Clayton, Jacob Paulo tries Tristan Hope 4 goals)

Ladder

Pos Team +/- Pts
1 Diehards 93 17
2 Seagulls 38 17
3 Panthers 6 17
4 Dolphins -18 11
5 Tigers -54 11
6 Magpies -65 11