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Devils set for Magpies clash

Norths will revive one of Brisbane rugby league’s oldest rivalries when they head back to Davies Park for tomorrow’s Intrust Super Cup showdown with the Souths Logan Magpies.

The Devils have been playing the Magpies since both teams began in the Brisbane district competition in 1933, racking up countless memories ahead of tomorrow’s Rivalry Round clash.

For the Devils, the most famous came in 1980 when the rank outsiders stunned a Souths team including Mal Meninga in the grand final at Lang Park.

The Devils have won on their last two visits to Davies Park but this Magpies team has a different look with the likes of Karmichael Hunt and Broncos contingent Anthony Milford and Tesi Niu in the backline.

Devils forward Michael Sio will play his 50th Intrust Super Cup match as Norths go into the game sharing the competition lead with three wins from as many matches.

The unbeaten streak grew last Saturday night when the Devils scored three tries in eight minutes to surge past Townsville Blackhawks.

“We want to keep improving and this is another opportunity for us to do that,” Devils coach Rohan Smith said.

The Devils’ opening three games have provided different scenarios: they led Brisbane Tigers early and moved away; they withstood a late fightback from Redcliffe Dolphins; and they overcame a 10-point deficit with 13 minutes to play against Townsville.

The Magpies opened the season with a home win over Burleigh before falling to the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the last minutes of a match played at Bishop Park and then losing to Tweed Seagulls last weekend.

The Devils will meet the Magpies in a Hastings Deering Colts clash at Davies Park at 1.15pm tomorrow.

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