NORTHERN PRIDE 6
Tries: Jordan Biondi-Odo (4m)
Goals: Khan Ahwang 1/1 Conv
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 4
Tries: Peter Lee (41m)
By Dan White
Both teams head in after losses. The Pride were honest in their loss to the PNG Hunters but Tweed Heads were given a pasting by the SC Falcons. Eleventh against Fourteenth, with neither side wanting to fall further behind.
Last time out:
The SC Falcons were at their dominant best as they ran in 11 tries (eleven) and held the bottom of the table Tweed Heads to nil. With tries coming from all points, it will be hard to find some bright points as this display at home was humbling.
The Pride were in Port Moresby against a side that needed to re-establish their home ground advantage after a couple of less than stellar performances. Unfortunately for the Pride, they did, bursting out of the blocks with a couple of quick tries and in a professional display, kept the foot on the throat as they ran out winners 26-10.
Who to look out for:
The Northern Pride will be better with Gideon Gela Mosby back and settled with his second game after coming back from the Cowboys. Against a side leaking points like the Seagulls are, he may well be devastating. That he runs outside of Khan Ahwang will also add confusion to the defence as they are both potent scorers. Going back a few weeks, Second Rower Kurt Bernard crossed for two tries against the Blackhawks. He is off the bench for this game, but they may shuffle this around as they need to find a pathway to the try-line and this guy knows where it is.
How they will win:
The Pride does have points in their backline. They also have a coach who was a winger in his NRL career. If they can stretch the Seagulls early, they could get in their heads and pile on more pain on an already damaged side. They also have enough strength in their pack to hold their own for this contest.
Tweed Heads are sitting at minus two hundred in the points differential table. Coach Aaron Zimmerle will need to change the course of his team by first off stopping the points from being leaked. A solid defensive effort and then look to build through good discipline with the ball and getting to the kick, may help them get their game back on course.
Every team has a chance in any game, however it would be a brave person who would select the Tweed this game. They could do it, the Pride is not that much better than them on the standings and have already dropped a couple of their home games. Still, it should be the Pride with the points and win. Pride by 8.
1. Jared Allen 2. Gideon Gela-Mosby 3. Khan Ahwang 4. Luke George 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Ryan Ghietti (c) 8. Darryn Schonig 9. Colin Wilkie 10. William Bugden 11. Tom Hancock 12. Graham Clark 13. Joel Riethmuller 14. Connor Jones 15. Patrick Mago 17. Aidan Day 18. Nathan Wales
Coach: Ty Williams
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. Brayden McGrady 14. Tevita Folau 3. James Wood 4. James Toole 5. Peter Lee 6. Lindon McGrady 7. Michael Burgess 8. Shane Gillham 9. Samuel Meskell (c) 10. Ben Nakubuwai 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 12. Sam Carson 13. Samuel Saville 15. Nicholas Harrold 16. Carne Doyle-Manga 17. William Johnstone 19. Kurt Bernard
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
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