SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 22
Tries: Samuel Wright (6m), Matthew Soper-Lawler (31m), Lachlan Timm (46m), Alex Bishop (53m)
Goals: Joe Stimson 2 Conv, 1 Pen
NORTHERN PRIDE 10
Tries: Luke George (10m), Colin Wilkie (76m)
Goals: Khan Ahwang 1 Conv
Northern Pride v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Barlow Park on Saturday, March 18 – 5.30pm
The Pride will enjoy their first home game of the season but will need to hold on to the ball if they expect to beat the SC Falcons who have the one point so far this season. They will be hoping that the heat will help them out in depleting the stamina of their visitors from the south.
Who to Look Out for: When the heat is on the points get scored out wide, but to make this happen you need a pack to create gaps by dominating the centre of the field. For this the Pride will rely on the front six to do the damage with Ryan Ghietti working hard from dummy half to direct the attack.
Dane Hogan will be expecting this and for the Falcons to steal a victory will require the forwards to pace themselves early in the match so that they will not fall apart and get cut to pieces by speedsters like Gela-Mosby who will run all game.
How they will win:
For the Falcons to win, they will need to put in their best defensive effort of the season so far. With the afternoon heat hopefully being replaced with a cooling breeze, the visitors will have to rely on their fitness to compete against the weathered in locals. If they can keep the scores low, they will be in with a chance.
For the Pride, it will be the back-line finishing the raids, the Pride only lost against the Seagulls by 2 and that was with a horrible number of errors that ultimately cost them the game. Reduce the errors and use the speed available to cut the Falcons to pieces.
Prediction: The Pride will expect a tough encounter from the Falcons, but they should be confident in getting the win (as long as they strop dropping the ball). Pride by 4.
1. Khan Ahwang 2. Gideon Gela-Mosby 3. Luke George 4. Justin Castellaro 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Jared Allen 8. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 9. Ryan Ghietti (c) 10. William Bugden 11. Graham Clark 12. Patrick Mago 13. Troy Kapea 14. Connor Jones 15. Darryn Schonig 16. Nathan Wales 17. Colin Wilkie 18. Frederick Koraba 19. Brad Lupi
Coach: Ty Williams
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Kevin Locke 2. Samuel Wright 3. Jeremy Hawkins 4. Justin Olam 5. Matthew Soper-Lawler 6. Sean Yorston 7. Guy Hamilton 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Alex Bishop 10. Lachlan Timm 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jye Ballinger 13. Jon Grieve 14. Jake Turpin 16. Thomas Geraghty 17. Martin Cordwell 19. Liam McDonald 20. Matthew Grieve
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
Sunshine Coat 25 Northern Pride 24
Northern Pride 32 Sunshine Coast 12
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