The Souths Logan Magpies will take winning momentum into the finals with a win over Redcliffe Dolphins in Round 17.
The scene was set for an epic clash between the Dolphins and the Magpies at Davies Park on Sunday, with the Dolphins needing a win to push into the top four, while a Magpies victory would see them host in Week 1 of the finals.
Match: Magpies v Dolphins
Round 17 -
Venue: Davies Park, Brisbane
The Magpies had a home ground advantage with many of their loyal supporters coming out to cheer the team to victory, but they fell quiet early when Redcliffe dominated from the kick-off, scoring early from a Will Partridge line break.
After Partridge converted his own try the Dolphins were given momentum and an intense battle through the middle ensued.
Back-and-forth errors between the sides allowed Jayden Nikorima to cross in the eighth minute, bringing the scores to 10-0.
Multiple errors from the Dolphins and a set restart created the perfect storm for Cory Paix to score the first try for the Magpies.
Their comeback was short-lived however as Isaiah Tass was soon after put on report for a dangerous tackle; and a ruck infringement and consequential set restart for the Dolphins allowed Jeremy Hawkins to score.
A successful conversion from Partridge further increased the margin to 16-6.
Fortunately for the Magpies, an error-riddled set for the Dolphins enabled Paix to barge over the try-line for the second time that day. Another successful conversion from Jamayne Isaako brought the scores to 16-12.
The Magpies then received multiple set restarts off the back of intense play and errors from the Dolphins.
Tyson Cleal from Redcliffe was put on report for a dangerous tackle and Souths seized to opportunity as Ezra Mam made a line break to score just before half-time. With a conversion from Isaako and a one-point field goal by Joshua James, the Magpies finished the first half just in front, leading 19-16.
Both teams came out firing in the second half, with Tass making a line break to go in and score and increase his side's leading margin.
The Magpies however endured some tough moment after they were plagued with errors in their following sets. Tyrone Amey was put on report for a dangerous tackle and after multiple interchanges from the Dolphins, Patrick Gallen made a line break, setting up Cameron Cullen to score.
There was tension in the air as the scores were brought to 23-22. The two teams were leaving it all out on the field and neither were willing to admit defeat.
A turning point in the game was Ethan Quai-Ward’s try which game the Magpies momentum to finish the game with a bang.
Soon after this try, Paix made a line break, setting up Mam for his double.
Despite Redcliffe’s best efforts, Souths Logan's defensive effort was too strong and they held onto the win..
Souths Logan Magpies coach Steven Bretherton was extremely proud of the team’s efforts.
“I don’t think there was a bad player out there today and I’m really happy with that," Bretherton said.
The team's focus is now on finals and seeing the Magpies go on to achieve success.
Next week, they will host Townsville Blackhawks.
Match: Magpies v Blackhawks
Finals Week 1 -
Venue: Marsden State High School, Brisbane
The Dolphins will play Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Match: Dolphins v Falcons
Finals Week 1 -
Venue: Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
Earlier in the round, the Burleigh Bears ultimately put an end to the Northern Pride's finals hopes when they defeated them in Cairns in their Harvey Norman Women in League round match.
Match: Pride v Bears
Round 17 -
Venue: Barlow Park, Cairns