EASTS TIGERS 42
Tries: Gerard McCallum (4m), Dean Britt (9m), Gerard McCallum (23m), Matt Zgrajewski (30m), Conor Carey (33m), Gerard McCallum (72m), Brodie Croft (79m)
Goals: Billy Walters 7 Conv
NORTHERN PRIDE 12
Tries: Khan Ahwang (13m), Khan Ahwang (59m),
Goals: Khan Ahwang 2 Conv
BY MATT CROWHURST
What appears to be an easy game to analyse at first glance may prove be complicated by both teams NRL affiliations.
With both the Storm and the Cowboys both suffering injury crises is their outside backs it is possible that both the Tigers and Pride will be affected. The Pride seem the most likely to be affected with Paul Green all but declaring Gideon Gela-Mosby a certainty to make his NRL debut. This should see former Tigers junior Connor Jones make his Cup debut on the wing.
Young Tonumaipea has been named on the wing for the Storm but has been a regular in Tigers colours in 2017. Justin Olam has been named on the extended bench and the decision between the two will come down to whether the Storm want reliability or to try an exciting rookie. If Tonumaipea plays the Tigers outside backs will probably be unchanged. Brodie Croft has been another Tigers regular this season and seems likely to play this weekend, with James Salter the man most likely to miss out.
If the teams run out close to what has been named, then four former Pride players will face their old team for the first time. Torpy, Port, Svendsen and Murphy all made the move south in what must be one of the biggest single player movements between two clubs in ISC history.
After three rounds the teams sit in similar spots on the table (the Tigers are on 3 points and the Pride on 2). Though have taken different routes to get there. The Pride opened their campaign with a 24-4 win over the Mackay Cutters in Round 1 and have suffered successive defeats (to the Wynnum Manly and the Falcons) since then. While the Tigers had a draw and a narrow loss in PNG before getting their first win last weekend over the Dolphins.
The Tigers are always a tough prospect at home and after last weekend’s confidence boosting win will doubtless be looking to do it again this weekend, which they should do comfortably.
Easts Tigers $1.35, Northern Pride $3.20
Tigers by 10
1. Gerard McCullum 2. Linc Port 3. Jarrod McInally 4. Conor Carey 5. Brandon Downey 6. Brayden Torpy 7. James Salter 8. Steven Thorpe 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Matt Zgrajewski 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Dean Britt 13. Jack Svendsen 14. David Murphy 15. Charlie Galo 16. Luke Lavelle 17. Christopher Ostwald 18. Adam Crear 19. Liufau Hala
Coach: Scott Sipple
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. Brad Lupi 19. Bradley Stephen 20. Benjamin Reuter 21. Frederick Koraba
Coach: Ty Williams
R7 Pride 30 Easts 16
R16 Easts 26 Pride 24
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