NORTHERN PRIDE 18
Tries: Khan Ahwang (8m), Justin Castellano (18m), Khan Ahwang (74m)
Goals:Khan Ahwang 3 Conv
BURLEIGH BEARS 6
Tries: Sami Sauiluma (28m)
Goals: Keanu Te Kiri (29m)
By Daniel White
The Pride return home after a tough loss to the surging Tigers. The Bears head north after suffering yet another small point loss. A field goal was the difference for the Bears but be it one point or two like the week before, the Bear are winless after four and will be aiming to fix that as they visit sunny North Queensland.
Last Time Out:
The Pride were two tries behind before the ten-minute mark and the Tigers did not let off as they piled on 42 with a seven try effort including a hattrick to fullback Gerald McCullum. That both the backline and pack scored in the romp, raises issues with the Pride defence. Two tries and in fact all the points for the Pride came through Khan Ahwang. Can they find an alternate path to score with the continued loss of Gideon Gela-Mosby to the NRL?
The Bears levelled the scores at the 73-minute mark, the two quick converted tries had got them back into the game but the dagger was plunged by the reliable boot of Sam Scarlett and the winless streak continued. A number of the big names for the Bears have yet to create the difference they should make, and it will be down to them to get the club back in the winner’s circle.
Who to Watch:
Time for Ben Spina to stand up and start kicking the Pride forwards in to gear. Both packs in this game have reputations of being able to provide the go-forward, and just as the Pride will rely on Ben, the Bears will be looking to skipper Luke Page to get his big lads moving. If they can get the yards happening, then the backs should be in a position to exploit the openings.
You cannot wage a dime on this game. You would expect the 2016 Bears to comfortably win this game, but these are not the same Bears. The same argument could be made about the 2014 Pride. Leaning towards the visitors for this game, but not with much confidence.
1. Khan Ahwang 2. Luke George 3. Bradley Stephen 4. Justin Castellaro 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jared Allen 7. Ryan Ghietti (c) 8. Ben Spina 9. Connor Jones 10. William Bugden 11. Graham Clark 12. Tom Hancock 13. Joel Riethmuller 14. Jordan Biondi-Odo 15. Troy Kapea 16. Colin Wilkie 17. Patrick Mago 18. Darryn Schonig 19. Nathan Wales 20. Aidan Day
Coach: Ty Williams
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Henare Wells 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Oliver Regan 6. Keanu Te Kiri 7. Harrison Siejka 8. Luke Page (c) 9. Sam Coster 10. Paterika Vaivai 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Dylan Kelly 13. Lorenzo Ma’afu 14. Christopher Law 15. Parahi Wilson 16. Matt White 19. Darren Griffiths
Coach: Jim Lenihan
Pride 14 Burleigh 24
Burleigh 24 Pride 25
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