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Round 6 Saturday wrap: Magpies victors in tight contest with Bears

Souths Logan Magpies coach Kimiora Breayley-Nati is very happy after her side beat 2023 premiers Burleigh Bears at the Gold Coast in Round 6 of the BMD Premiership.

Both teams scored four tries but Magpies halfback Chantay Kiria-Ratu proved the difference, kicking four from four conversions.

Breayley-Nati said having fullback Evania Pelite back also helped lift her side in the clash against the competition heavyweights.

"I'm really happy... we stuck to our processes and got through the grind," Breayley-Nati said.

"It was really good having Vani back... we missed her. Our middles were also good today and our halves are working together much better, which is good."

Breayley-Nati said Kiria-Ratu had been working hard on her kicking game, so it was positive to see it made an impact against the Bears.

Chantay Kiria-Ratu kicking. Photo: Dylan Parker/QRL
Chantay Kiria-Ratu kicking. Photo: Dylan Parker/QRL

"She's just got to keep that up," she said.

Breayley-Nati said moving forward she, quite simply, wanted to see her team "staying in the grind and being present".

"We just have to trust our processes, defensive policies and continue working together," Breayley-Nati said.

"In that game we were set for set, which is what footy is all about... you have to be in it to win it and we were for the 70 minutes."

Elsewhere, Mackay Cutters winger Ebony Raftstrand-Smith had a field day against Wynnum Manly Seagulls, scoring a hat-trick as her side ran away winners, securing their spot at the top of the table.

Cutters coach Marco Peters said he was very pleased with how his side was tracking.

"Ebony did really well... her tries came off a lot of good lead up work from the middles, the forwards doing their job," Peters said.

"Shellie Long also slotted in nicely, seamlessly, for Jasmine Peters, which was really pleasing to see as a coach."

Peters said the goal for the week for the put in a 70-minute performance, which had not been done in the preceding five rounds, and he thought they were a bit closer to doing that in Round 6.

"I think 55 minutes out of the 70 were to the standard we want, which is a good sign moving forward for the group," Peters said.

"We want to keep building each week, keep learning. I am really proud of how this group has come together, being from various parts of north Queensland.

"It's so good to see."

Western Clydesdales gun Ali Brigginshaw was on fire against Tweed Seagulls and winger Georgia Sim scored a double to help their side get the two points.

Ali Bigginshaw. Photo: Benny Hassam/Western Clydesdales
Ali Bigginshaw. Photo: Benny Hassam/Western Clydesdales

The Sunshine Coast Falcons came back against Norths Devils, after being down 4-10 at half-time, to win 12-10, with Suvanaha Connors kicking a penalty goal in the 67th minute.

The final game of the round will see Brisbane Tigers and Central Queensland Capras go up against each other at Totally Workwear Stadium.

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