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Round 15 Sunday wrap: Norths and PNG cause Rivalry Round upsets

The Norths Devils have claimed an upset victory over competition leaders Souths Logan Magpies, but veteran duo Jack Ahearn and Bryce Donovan still aren't satisfied.

In Ahearn's 100th Cup game for Norths - excluding last year's state championship final - the Devils came bursting out of the gates in the first stanza at Bishop Park, scoring 28 unanswered points.

In what was also this year's second edition of Rivalry Round, Souths Logan - down on troops, including Tristan Sailor (hamstring), Blake Mozer (ribs) and captain Rory Ferguson (eye) - were unable to match the intensity Norths brought in the first half.

While they were able to cross for one four-pointer to Jordan Pereira nine minutes into the second half, Norths scored another two tries in the final 20 minutes to claim the convincing 40-6 victory.

But halfback Donovan said there was still a lot to work on if the 11th-placed Norths were to push for this year's finals series.

"Happy for the win but the last 15 to 20 minutes there was a bit scrappy," Donovan said.

"That’s disappointing. There’s a fair bit to work on for next week.

"There were too many errors so we have to ice those moments as we keep moving into the back end of the year.

"The belief’s always been there. The season hasn’t gone to plan as yet but there’s been six games where we’ve been in front with five to go and lost.

"It’s about getting out and actually doing it. We’re slowly starting to piece it together."

Milestone man Ahearn said he was certainly happy to come away with the two points, but also felt improvement was needed ahead of the Round 16 clash with Tweed Seagulls.

Zach Brooks in action. Photo: Rikki-Lee Arnold/QRL
Zach Brooks in action. Photo: Rikki-Lee Arnold/QRL

"We were pretty good in the first half and clocked off a little bit in that second half," Ahearn said.

"There are some errors in our game that we need to fix up. It’s been there all year but I'm happy to come away with the two points and keep climbing that ladder.

"We haven’t been too far all year. A few games, yes, but most of the games we’ve been in it and just on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

"The win last week against Redcliffe instilled a lot of belief in us, especially the newer players.

"We’re just going to have to make history try to repeat itself like last year and go on a run and sneak into the finals. Everyone is determined to make that happen and it’s exciting."

Jack Ahearn after the game with his young family. Photo: Rikki-Lee Arnold/QRL
Jack Ahearn after the game with his young family. Photo: Rikki-Lee Arnold/QRL

The fullback's mum and dad travelled up from Canberra to watch him play in his 100th game for Norths, with his grandparents and young family also in attendance.

Ahearn - who celebrated his 150th overall Cup game earlier this year - said it wasn't something he was focusing on ahead of the clash, but was grateful for the support and to be marking such an occasion with the Devils.

"It’s massive," he said.

"Like my 150th for Cup, I haven’t thought about it too much and will reflect on it down the track.

"But to be part of such a historic club and what they’ve done for me and my family, I hope I can hold a small piece of history in their books as well. My whole time here has been amazing."

Elsewhere in Round 15, Wynnum Manly and Redcliffe added another tantalising chapter to their long-running rivalry, as the Seagulls scored a late try through captain Luke Gale to claim a last-gasp win at BMD Kougari Oval.

And on the Sunshine Coast, the PNG Hunters also caused a boilover, posting a 34-10 upset win.

To read about the Saturday action from Round 15, click here.

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