LOWER Clarence Magpies players should hold their heads high after Sunday's 80-24 defeat to Ballina Seagulls according to front-rower Steve Austine.

The headgear-wearing prop was part of the side that travelled to Kingsford Smith Park to face the defending premiers.

He said it was a big improvement on the last time they played the Seagulls - the infamous 100-10 "Maclean Showground Massacre" on May 16 earlier this year.

"I don't think the score reflected the game at all," Austine said.

"We were camped on their line in the first 10 minutes, but just couldn't get through to score."

The Magpies' tendency to concede multiple consecutive tries in short periods reared its head again, as the Seagulls doubled their lead just before half time.

It didn't help they had to play a man short for 55 minutes after Alex Robison was sent off.

"We're disappointed in the final scoreline, definitely," Austine said.

"It was a great turnout considering we got flogged last time. We've got three games left and there's no reason why we can't win them all."

The Magpies have now conceded 1010 points from their 15 games, an average of 67.3 points per game.

They host Northern United on Saturday.



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