The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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ALTHOUGH the scoreboard may not have boasted a winning weekend for the Souths Logan Magpies, the team was reflecting on some improvements to its performance yesterday. The Queensland Cup team showed more promise in Sunday's game against Norths than was on show in round one and the team started the match exceptionally well to come to an 8-4 lead early. But no conversions all day and a slump 30 minutes into the second half allowed Norths to put on a scoring blitz that led to a 42-16 loss.
Again the coaching staff have plenty to work on this week but the team is aware of its shortcomings and the work necessary to fix them. Although the team was happy to make it through with no injuries, despite
Jace Van Dijk and Aaron Lewis starting the match with minor niggles, the side must await the fate of Josh Dillon, who was twice placed on report for possible careless tackles, before finalising this week's team. The players voted captain Van Dijk as the weekend's player's player and he joined prop forward Darren Glase and Nick Emmett as the team's stand out performers.
This week, the coaching staff will be reviewing last Sunday's tapes to determine this week's training program ahead of their clash with reigning Queensland Cup premiers, Redcliffe, on Saturday at Davies Park.
The A-Grade team showed a big improvement on previous weeks in their hit out over the weekend. During Sunday's game several players proved their worth as future first grade team members with newcomer Lyle Kunst holding his own to present as a promising future Queensland Cup forward. He was joined by Alwyn Simpson as one of the game's stronger players and as Simpson improves his fitness, he too will stake his claim to a Queensland Cup position. After a disappointing first half, the Colts came out stronger in the second half of their match on Sunday. The team emerged to show it knows what is required to win football games and demonstrated an improved defence and entertaining ball skills. Edward Dodd was noted as a strong Colts player along with team mainstay Daniel Joyce.