Forwards Set Platform For Logan Brothers
A PUNISHING display from Logan Brothers’ forward pack has seen them kick off the 2013 season with a 30-18 win over match hosts Carina on Saturday.
A platform of consistent, hard forward runs and an early line-break by Logan halfback Ihaka Watene propelled Logan over for their first try in the third minute, capped off by a successful conversion.
Logan maintained the momentum of their 6-0 lead for the next 20 minutes, with a series of line breaks and a flurry of fast offloads keeping the Carina defence guessing.
A turnover followed by a penalty from Carina in their own 10 metre zone was all the opportunity Logan needed, sending second-rower Les Aumua over the white line, with a conversion putting them up 12-0 with 10 minutes before half time.
Carina rallied in the dying minutes of the first half and took advantage of a tiring Logan defence, making several assaults on the Logan try line, before fullback Nathan Reidy broke the drought for the home team with a minute to go. One well-weighted kick later and the score was 12-6 at the half-time break.
Buoyed by their changing fortunes, Carina powered into the second half, putting another six points on the board off the back of another big hit-up from prop Tony Ulupoa who popped a quick offload out of the tackle to send hooker Damon Koolstra into space, levelling the board at 12-12.
With the scores locked up, both teams defended ferociously. Several attacks on the try line were successfully defended by both teams, and half a dozen turnovers forced from bone-crushing tackles.
Logan eventually broke the deadlock when centre Alex Taumaoe pounced on well-placed grubber in the corner, with the conversion putting Logan ahead by six points.
Logan continued to be aggressive in both attack and defence, pushing the Carina defence to its limits, but were unable to cross again until a costly fumble on the kick return from Carina. Logan winger Troy Cope, with outstretched arms, planted the ball in the corner, extending the score to 24-12 with only 15 minutes to go.
Carina dug deep in the final quarter, pressuring Logan’s defences until they forced a knock on with five minutes to go. Probing lock Adam McLeod found a hole in the Logan defence and scored, with the kick narrowing the margin to 18-24.
The home team threw everything they had at Logan’s defence, coming achingly close to crossing the line until a knock on gifted the ball to Logan in the final minute.
The visitors capitalised, putting second-rower Les Aumua over for his second try of the game, sealing a well-deserved 30-18 win for Logan Brothers.