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Round 5 preview: Magpies look to build on their first win

The Souths Logan Magpies endured a tough opening three rounds of the BMD Premiership competition, but were able to celebrate their first win at the weekend after launching out of the blocks to down Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Captain Frieda Seu set the tone early, crossing for a try in the fifth minute and said the win was a great reward for the players who had been working hard each week to improve.

“It was such a good game... everyone dug deep for each other and knew we needed this win,” Seu said.

“We are so keen to go again this weekend. This team has so much to give and I feel we ain’t even at our peak yet.”

With plenty of young players in the side still finding their way at this level, the side were boosted against Wynnum Manly by the inclusion of Evania Pelite and Steph Hancock, who has played with the Magpies for a number of seasons, fresh from their NRLW campaign with Gold Coast Titans.

“It was so good... it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders (to have their experience help the team)," Seu said.

“I just like to play my game and I’m not the type to talk much, so having Stephie in the middle helped us a lot and boosted the confidence of the girls.

“Vani in the back really got us going... it was so good to watch her just play.”

While the side were thrilled to post their first victory, Seu and her know team know things won’t get any easier in a tough competition where any team can win on their day.

This weekend, the Magpies take on a strong West Brisbane Panthers side in the BMD Premiership feature match and will have to re-focus before hosting the side led by Julia Robinson at Davies Park.

“For our preparation this week, we are making sure we are working on the one per centers,” Seu said.

“Just making sure we are all sticking to our roles and that we are just completing our sets really.”

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In the weekend's other matches, the round will kick off on Saturday with a BMD Premiership 'flockbuster' between Tweed Seagulls and Wynnum Manly.

After posting three consecutive losses, Tweed coach Spencer Taplin is looking for his side to cut down on their errors and use their opportunities with the ball.

“We wasted our opportunities,” Taplin said.

“We had three tries held up and one just short of the line. They (Brisbane Panthers) capitalised on our errors.”

Wynnum Manly come into this game, which will now be staged at Tugun, following a close loss against the Magpies.

Saturday's second game sees Burleigh Bears at home to Brisbane Tigers.

Both teams will be looking to bounce back from Round 4 losses, with the Bears being out-pointed by a star-studded North Queensland Gold Stars team, while the Tigers succumbed to a Tamika Upton-led Central Queensland Capras.

The final match of the round is a top-of-the-table clash, with the in-form Gold Stars hosting the undefeated Capras.

Both teams boast some great talent who stood out during the recent NRLW competition and this will definitely be a game to keep an eye on.

All BMD Premiership games can be viewed via QPlus.tv. This week's feature match is Souths Logan Magpies taking on West Brisbane Panthers and can also be viewed on the QRL Facebook page. 

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Main image: Souths Logan captain Frieda Seu by Jorja Brinums/QRL

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