A GRANDSTAND packed to the rafters with supporters reinforced what Arnold Murray already knows.
Cherbourg loves its footy.
The former Ipswich Jets player and Cherbourg resident was front and centre at Jack O'Chin oval, ready to see his former club play the Souths Logan Magpies in front of his friends and family.
"It means a great deal for an indigenous community like this," Murray said.
"Bringing games from the city to the country is a big plus for my people.
"These things bring people together no matter what nationality they are."
Having Cherbourg host the Intrust Super Cup match was a historic moment for the town, and NRL CEO Dave Smith made sure he was there to see it.
"This is amazing ... (It's my) first time at Cherbourg," Smith said.
"This indigenous connection to the game is amazing. They represent 30% of rugby league players in the NRL.
"This is about recognition of how important the indigenous population is to rugby league."
The moment was not lost on Jets captain Keiron Lander, who is involved in the Deadly Choices organisation.
"It's amazing (playing at Cherbourg) being an Aboriginal fella. It's important to give back to our community," he said.
Bringing the game to Cherbourg was also a chance for both clubs to give something to a community that had produced so much talent.
Both clubs have embraced players from Cherbourg.
Injured Jets fullback Wes Conlon was born there. Tough forward Kurtis Lingwoodock is from Eidsvold, just up the road.
Jets chairman Steve Johnson said Cherbourg had long been a part of his team's history.
"Our former players such as Ricky Bird, Donald Malone, Francis Renouf and Gavin Cooper are from Cherbourg or Murgon next door," Johnson says.
"We have 32 Cherbourg people who have played at the Jets, which is a big number for a small town."
Players from both clubs stayed at the Murgon PCYC, where they paid for bed and breakfast.
Those funds will be used in the work the PCYC does with the community's youth.
"The idea is that we are giving everything to the community and taking nothing out of it," Johnson said.
"We are hoping to raise enough money to set up their local rugby league for next year and keep doing it every year."
For Lander, the event is a highlight of his playing career.
"It is something I will hold close forever. You don't get many of these moments in rugby league," he said.
Jets power through
HARD and fast, the Ipswich Jets and Souths Logan Magpies drew in a large crowd with their bone-breaking style of play.
Calls of "oooh" from the crowd of thousands rang over the Jack O'Chin Oval as they heard the air escape the players' bodies after brutal tackles made with such ferocity it was amazing they were able to get back up again.
But one rough landing saw Magpies' Samisoni Vaioleti transported away with a suspected broken leg in the second half.
This was the measure needed to make a dent in the Jets' dominant play.
Player of the match Marmin Barba was a force to be reckoned with as he flew around the Magpies' defence to score three tries.
This unforgiving style of play opened up a 30-8 half-time lead.
Jets captain Keiron Lander said this hard style of play was honed at practice.
"Our training is the way we play," he said.
With a comfortable half-time lead, the second-placed Jets were able to wrap the game up 50-20.
While Lander was happy with the two points, he was hard on his team's performance.
"Our attack was ordinary. There were patches where we didn't get to our second tackle," he said.
"We were a bit scrappy I think.
"But our defence was good."