By Lee Reilly
Wynnum-Manly lock Max Elliott is well aware that Saturday night’s match against Souths Logan is a must win if the side is any chance to play finals in 2017.
According to Elliott, there were many factors why the Seagulls were beaten by the Sunshine Coast Falcons last Saturday night at BMD Kougari Oval.
“(The game) just didn’t pan out, we got out enthused. (We) couldn’t chase down what was already on the board,” Elliott said.
“I think back to back penalties, second phase play and the amount of metres they made through the middle just really put us on the back foot.”
The battle of the forwards will go a long way to determining who will come out on top at Kougari on Saturday night; an issue which was spoken about right after last week’s loss to the Falcons.
“The emphasis was a lot more on the forwards.
“If we can get on top of (their forwards) we should be able to get (the win).”
The Seagulls will be hoping history repeats on Saturday night with Wynnum-Manly having defeated Souths Logan 17-4 in the opening round of the season.
The home side also has a far superior head to head record against the Magpies with 29 wins to their 11 and one draw. But Souths Logan have been hard to beat on the road this year registering five wins, meaning the game will be a hard fought contest.
Round 17 of the Intrust Super Cup also marks Indigenous Round. This weekend, the Queensland Rugby League and the Major Competitions are acknowledging the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the game by celebrating a number of key anniversaries.
Prepared in conjunction with the QRL’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, all home clubs will broadcast a special message outlining some important milestones.
Significant milestones to be recognised during Indigenous Round:
> 50-year anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
> 25-year anniversary of the Mabo Judgement
> 20-year anniversary of the Torres Strait Islander flag
> 20-year anniversary of the 1997 Bringing Them Home report
Prior to kick off, the Yulu-Burri-Ba dancers will be demonstrating Traditional Indigenous Song and Dance to kick off the Quandamooka Festival.