An old friend returned to break Norths’ hearts today as Souths Logan Magpies delivered an Intrust Super Cup upset at Bishop Park.
Sam Tagataese played five seasons for the Devils, scoring 26 tries in a popular stint for the international forward at Nundah.
Wearing the black and white of the Magpies today, Tagataese was instrumental as the visitors recovered from a 0-16 deficit after 13 minutes to surge to a 29-22 win.
Winger Matt Soper-Lawler was excellent with four tries including an 80th minute try after Magpies five-eighth Guy Hamilton had delivered a dagger of a field goal two minutes earlier.
Tagataese and his forward teammates laid the platform for the Magpies, who worked through the Devils’ middle during some key downfield bursts.
He scored shortly before halftime to edge the Magpies back within six points of the Devils at the break. They claimed the front as they reeled off four consecutive tries to lead 20-16.
But the Devils, bouncing back from last weekend’s successful trip to Papua New Guinea, showed their class to regain the lead in the 64th minute.
Skipper Jack Ahearn scored a valuable try for the Devils and it seemed the 22-20 lead and the momentum it created would be enough to keep Norths within touching distance of the top four.
They had started with a rush of points as Luke Pollock, Moses Noovao-McGreal and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown scored early tries. The Devils looked in fine touch and set for their 12th win of the season.
But the Magpies fought back, pouncing on a lost ball close to the Devils line late in the match. They soon gained a penalty that Hamilton converted in the 76th minute to tie the scores.
Tagataese again featured in the drive downfield that led to the field goal that would give the Magpies only their fourth win in a disappointing season.
The Devils will travel to Nanango next week to take on the Sunshine Coast Falcons in Country Week while the Magpies will take on the in-form Redcliffe Dolphins at Pittsworth.
Picture: Luke Pollock scores an early try. (Photo by QRL Media)