TACKLE: Mitchell Magpies take down St George's Lindon Langton.
TACKLE: Mitchell Magpies take down St George's Lindon Langton. Ellen Ransley

Depleted Magpies struggle against visiting Saints

Rugby league: Even with the home ground advantage, the Mitchell Maggies struggled against visiting St George Saints, but stand-out player Michael Anderson said he was still proud of his boys.

"We were missing eight players because of a rep carnival, so it made it very hard and we noticed that, but the boys still put on a massive effort,” he said.

"We always have a very vocal crowd which is very encouraging, but unfortunately we couldn't get there today.

"We play Cities next weekend which will be interesting, but with everyone back we should be in with a shot.”

The Saints came away with the 34-28 win, in what Lindon Langton, voted man of the match by his opposition, said had been a well fought, close game.

"Usually the games we travel for a bit tougher, especially at Mitchell when they have such a good home crowd, but we had a good game and I'm proud of the boys,” he said. "It was very close and tough. We started pretty slack, we gave away silly penalties to them. But we stuck in there and we gave it all that we had, and Mitchell kept on coming back from us. "It's always a good game and we thank them for that.” Saints will face off against the Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls in St George this weekend for a special NAIDOC round.


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