SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 28 defeat TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 20
Souths Logan is on the warpath for its first hat-trick of wins since 1996, having severely dented Tweed Heads? finals chances with a 28-20 win at the Piggabeen Complex.
After accounting for Ipswich the previous week, the Magpies now have last-placed Central in their sights in Round 18 as they look to complete an overdue trifecta.
Although out of the running for the premiership in 2005, another win for Souths Logan could see it threatening to finish higher than tenth for just the third time in the last decade.
?We?ve run into form and, for once, there?s been the luxury of having the same team on the paddock for a few weeks,? coach Phil Ecnomidis said.
?There are a lot of players at this club with a future in the game.?
All the same, the Magpies aren?t getting too far ahead of themselves, considering the victory over Tweed was just their 50th in the modern State League and marked their first winning streak since 2000.
Counterpart Steve Murphy was thanking his stars when other results fell Tweed?s way, keeping the Seagulls in the running. But he didn?t mince words in his appraisal of his own side?s performance against Souths Logan.
?Basically we played with a poor attitude,? Murphy said.
?Count it as a missed opportunity for Tweed and sadly, I fear we may look back on that game as the defining moment of the season.
?We?ll move on from here; Redcliffe at Redcliffe?struth.?
While enforcer Daniel Joyce (pictured) was a standout for Souths Logan, the Seagulls clearly missed forwards Ben Hill and Matt King and centre David Strachan. In a convincing first half display the Magpies led 16-0, beginning with an embarrassingly easy Matt Bell try.
Saturday?s clash between Souths Logan and the Comets will be held in the Central Highlands township of Blackwater, with Tweed facing its moment of truth against Redcliffe on Sunday.
SOUTHS LOGAN 28 (Matt Bell, Stan Fau, Jacob Christie, Craig Chapman, Bob Blair tries; Craig Chapman 4 goals)
TWEED HEADS 20 (Tim Maccan 2, Nat Barnes, Damien Moore tries; Brad Davis 2 goals)
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