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Pies swoop in

Wallaroos player Mathew Walker keeps a close eye on Easts’ Kristian Colosimo at Salter Oval.
Wallaroos player Mathew Walker keeps a close eye on Easts’ Kristian Colosimo at Salter Oval. Max Fleet

EAST Magpies are flying high after snatching the game from Wallaroos in a thrilling Bundaberg Rugby League fixture at Salter Oval on Saturday.

A penalty goal to Colin Frohloff from 30m out secured a 32-30 victory for East with only five minutes remaining.

In other matches, reigning premiers Brothers released the fury in a 70-0 defeat of perennial battlers Wests.

East Magpies coach Bruce Thorpe said his team had shown spark to wrestle the game from Wallaroos after a lacklustre first-half performance.

"It was a good win for us and I think the guys can take some confidence for their second-half performance," he said.

"The game identified some things we need to work on but identified some positives for us as well."

A series of defensive lapses and errors in the opening stages of the game invited a series of Wallaroos tries.

East were confronted with a 20-6 scoreline after the first 20 minutes of play.

"We got caught out in defence a couple of times," Thorpe said.

"They scored three tries off dropped bombs and made us pay for a few lapses of concentration."

Six emerging Magpies backed up for the A-grade fixture after their under-18 commitments.

Thorpe said under-18 campaigners, left wing Kristian Colosimo and centres Jackson McKosh and Ethan Sanders, had helped lift the intensity of his team in the second half.

"It's a big ask for them to come and play for us when they've finished up in the under-18s," he said.

"They all put in a good performance for us and helped lift the team when it counted."

Frontrowers AJ Evans worked hard in the forwards with some bustling attacking surges and strong defensive work.

"He went at full-throttle for the entirety of the match with a heap of hit-ups," he said.

"The frontrowers put in a really hard game for us and helped lay the foundation for the win."

Topics:  football, magpies, rugby league, wallaroos




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