Magpies flying high after long-awaited win
Rugby League: Equally ranked best on ground, Kimba Fien and Thomas Kennedy were the driving forces in the Mitchell Magpies' highly anticipated victory against the Wallumbilla/Surat Redbulls on Sunday, taking them down for the first time in years.
In a Redbulls-dominated first half, scoring a try and conversion in the dying seconds put the Magpies back into a tight contest, trailing 14-12.
However, the momentum swung back the Magpies' way and their attack proved unstoppable, scoring consecutive tries and snagging a 36-26 victory in front of their home crowd.
"Everyone just turned up with good attitude and helped each other out to come up with the right result,” Kennedy said.
"Coming off three losses, we had lost confidence in ourselves so its great to have a win like that to give us that much needed boost.”
Connor Baker, Matthew Newton, Ben Raiwalui, William Beitz, Blake Thompson and Kimba Fien scored a try each to take down the in-form Redbulls who threw everything they had at the Magpies.
"The atmosphere is always going to be big after a win but today was even bigger then normal because we haven't beaten Redbulls A-grade for a few years,” Kennedy said.
Lacking numbers at training for the past few weeks, both Kennedy and Fien are hoping that a big win like this will get the boys keen again and reignite their fighting spirit.
"Training is hard a lot of the time because we have a number of players come from Charleville, Roma and Injune but when we all come together we just try and keep our plays simple,” Fien said. "I think we stuck to the basics in the end and our defence really held out. Having the home ground advantage helped too.”
Mitchell will play StGeorge next week, while Redbulls will come up against Chinchilla.