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Magpies sparkle in the wet against Cutters

Souths Logan Magpies led from start to finish in a powerful showing against Mackay Cutters, posting a 60-10 at a soggy BB Print Stadium.

Magpies centre Isaiah Tass kicked eight conversions and scored two tries in the win to give him a personal tally of 24 points for the match which also saw John Asiata, Karmichael Hunt, Albert Kelly and Anthony Milford score.

The second win of the season for the Magpies was an 11 try display as they put on a show against the Cutters, despite the less-than-ideal conditions.

Souths Logan launched an all-out assault on the Cutters as halves pairing Milford and Kelly created chance after chance in a scintillating display of attacking football.

The hosts were put under pressure from the outset when a swirling bomb off the very first set of the night was dropped.

Asiata made them pay, crashing over in the ensuing set to give the Magpies the lead in the first two minutes.

Mackay’s next handling error would prove just as costly, with Milford slicing through the defence to push the lead to two converted tries shortly before halfback Kelly linked with his outside men to score on a 70-metre effort.

The Cutters down 18-0 in the blink of an eye.

The Magpies were too good in wet conditions again Mackay. Photo: John Bartley
The Magpies were too good in wet conditions again Mackay. Photo: John Bartley

Mackay would strike back however, with Matiu Stone-Dunn latching onto a short ball from his halfback to bring the Cutters some life.

But it would quickly be snuffed out once more, a neat Kelly grubber finding the hands of Christian Hazard.

Tass cashed in down the Cutters’ flank before Milford set up Creedence Toia through the middle of the park; Tass bagging his second try on the stroke of half-time as the Magpies took a 42-6 lead into the sheds.

Blake Paskins got the hosts off to a better start in the second stanza, touching down in the left corner off the back of a slick backline movement.

It would be the last cheer the hardy home fans would get for the evening; Kobe Hetherington strolled over for a try before a Jack Goodsell double saw the visitors cruise past a half century of points.

Hunt, who is hopeful of an NRL return, dotted down in the dying stages for Souths Logan's final try, with the fulltime siren signalling the end of the lopsided contest.

“The forwards really did their job tonight,” Milford said post-match.

“They really laid the platform for us outside backs. They made my job easier, and I was able to inject myself into the game.

“My main focus was to help out where I can, and I hope this can be the steppingstone (to build upon) and we can go out and back it up next week.”

In Round 6, the Magpies will be looking to add to their wins tally when they travel to Cairns to take on Northern Pride.

The Cutters will aim to regroup before heading down to the Sunshine Coast to face the Falcons. 


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