Magpies forced to share points

IT was their best performance of the season so far but the Magpies still came up short. Almost.

After leading 16-0 against Marist Brothers mid-way through the second half the Magpies held on for a thrilling 20-all draw

With only minutes remaining on the clock the Brethren scored next to the posts to draw level.

“We went close but we lacked match fitness at the end of the game,” Magpies' coach Ricky Binge said after the game.

“I think we were up by about 16 points at one stage but fell away late in the game.”

Binge described the game as an arm wrestle between two sides desperate for the two competition points.

But overall the co-coach was happy with his side's performance, in particular the first half.

“We might have scared ourselves a bit on how good we can actually play if we put our minds to it,” he said.

“It was a shame Dan Randall missed the game, he would have made all the difference.

“But in saying that I thought Oral Monaghan went very well in the centres.”

Randall could be out for up to six weeks after suffering a hairline fracture to his jaw last week against Murwillumbah.

Binge added some players are still not match-fit due to injuries received early on in the season.

“Ryan Binge missed a couple of weeks through suspension and Anthony Hickling hasn't played for four weeks,” he said.

“We just need to get everyone back on the paddock so we don't fall away in the second half like we did today.

“We just couldn't get across the line ... we need to work on finishing the game, playing the whole 80 minutes.

“Again we made a few mistakes at vital times but we only have ourselves to blame.

“We end up getting fatigued from doing too much defence.”

The Magpies have a chance to record their second win of the season when they take Ballina next week

Lower defeated Ballina in round three 34-28 and must consider themselves a chance to repeat the performance.

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