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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Spirited Cutters Nearly Spring Upset Over Competition Leaders

Les Stagg Oval in Proserpine is the established home base for the Whitsunday Brahmans Rugby League Club.

Last Saturday night the high-flying Souths Logan Magpies nearly described it as a “graveyard” after snatching a 14-12 victory over the Mackay Cutters in QRL Hostplus Cup action.

With ten minutes left on the clock the Cutters were poised to spring the boilover of the season when they led the competition leaders 12-10 in an absorbing tussle.

But a late try by centre Jesse Jennings enabled the Magpies to secure their 13th win of the season and maintain top spot after 17 matches.

It was another cruel finish for Michael Comerford’s courageous Cutters who have shown improved form in recent weeks.

Both sides defended stoutly until Souths Logan opened the scoring after 22 minutes when back rower Tyler Coburn crashed through tackles to grab a try with half back Jack Campagnolo adding the extras.

The Magpies extended their lead when fullback Byron Johnson sliced through to score his team’s second try before Mackay hit back before the break with a four pointer by five eighth Adam Cook and Brandon Finnegan conversion.

An upset was brewing as the Cutters went toe to toe with the premiership pacesetters and when strong running centre Joshua Smith crossed for a 60th minute try and Finnegan potted his second goal the match took a dramatic twist.

The sharp running Jennings broke the hearts of the Cutters rugby league fraternity with his late heroics, but the Mackay men can stand tall after producing their finest display of the season.

Mackay travel to Jack Manski Oval on Saturday July 29 for their next Hostplus Cup fixture against Townsville Blackhawks at 4pm with Hastings Deering Under 21 Colts clash at 2pm.

Photos supplied: Mackay Cutters

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