NORTHERN PRIDE 22
Tries: Gideon Gela-Mosby (23m), Darryn Schonig (31m), Bradley Stephen (44m), Joel Riethmuller (54m)
Goals: Bradley Stephen 1 Conv, Jordan Biondi-Odo 2 Conv
NORTHS DEVILS 20
Tries: Dalton Phillips (7m), Javarn White (65m), Billy Brittain (69m)
Goals: Todd Murphy 1 Conv, 1 Pen, Chris Sandow 2 Conv
By Dan White
The Pride head south after two tough home losses where they will face up to the Norths Devils who have stuttered after being four from five at the start of the season. Can the Pride kickstart their season, or will the Devils resume their early season form to take the win.
Last time out:
Norths headed into the sheds with a six-point lead, but two tries from Tweed Heads changed all this. With the pressure on, Delouise Hoeter helped level up the scores with under twenty minutes to go. It was not to be as Tevita Folau broke the hosts hearts when his try was successfully converted, that was to be the difference. In a high-quality game, it was a tough loss to suffer.
The Pride were outclassed by the Ipswich Jets who controlled the game and restricted the Pride to a try per half as they ran in two per half themselves. A serious issue for the Pride is the lack of ground covered as they had only two players into the 100+ metres gained and this lack of go-forward is a major issue for the club.
Who to look out for:
Battle of the Hookers as they both look to drive their teams forward. Ryan Ghietti will need to look to up his minutes and his impact after a quiet game and only 42 minutes on the field. He is up against Billy Brittain, who played the full game, was second in tackles made and distributed the ball 30 times in a very strong effort. Ghietti, as captain, needs to strap on the boots for the full game and make something happen.
How they will win:
Both sides were on the wrong side of time in possession, both were on the wrong side for metres gained, and both sides were on the wrong side on the metres kicked. Makes it easy for the coach to demand that his forwards do the harder yards and that his kickers look at having more impact when it is needed. Both teams have fixable problems, but which team can get it done in a week.
For the Devils, they are not that far off. Chris Sandow needs to contribute more, just on twenty metres per kick, a few tackles and very few runs. He should be a level of quality above his competition peers and this effort stands out as a significant reason for the Devils falling short against a side they should have been able to beat. As such, if they are to win, they need Chris to have more of an impact and a lift in his contribution will go a long way in making the devils successful.
For the Pride, you cannot single out a player as significantly as you can for the Devils. They all need to earn their pay-checks and put in that extra 10% that they are currently lacking as a side. They need to lift as a team, as they are all down in numbers in every category, and it is this that leaps of the sheets when checking out their performance.
It is the Devils game to lose. If they put in the effort, they should be able to overcome the poorly performing Northern Pride and unless someone lights a huge firecracker under the Pride, it is hard to see how they can win many more this season. Devils by 12+.
1. Javarn White 2. Michael Lucas 3. Delouise Hoeter 4. Luke Pollock 5. Dane Chang
6. Chris Sandow 7. Todd Murphy 8. Stephen Coombe 9. Billy Brittain 10. James Taylor
11. Mike Pearsall 12. Matiu Love-Henry 13. Dalton Phillips 14. Danny Kerr 16. Tama Koopu
17. Jack Miers 18. Jarryd Dodd 23. Michael Molo
Coach: Mark Gliddon
1. Khan Ahwang 19. Kienan Grogan-Hayes 3. Bradley Stephen 4. Luke George
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. Joel Riethmuller 14. Colin Wilkie
15. Troy Kapea 16. Connor Jones 17. Darryn Schonig 18. Tom Hancock
Coach: Ty Williams
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