Easts Tigers got a good win in Cairns on Saturday night, but they almost blew it as they let the Pride back into the game despite having a comfortable half time lead. Indeed the Tigers needed a 77th minute try to Jarrod McInally to seal the game after the Northern Pride drew level at 28-28 with 9 minutes to play.
It looked unlikely the Tigers would have to work so hard for their victory as they led 18-0 after just 23 minutes. And still held a reasonably comfortable 10 point lead halfway through the second half.
But once the home side got on the board just before the half time break, the teams traded tries, and the Pride chipped away at the Tigers responding to their scores and more until eventually drawing level after two tries in two minutes by the 71st minute. Easts stole the game back in the 77th minute, but not before being given a big scare by the Pride.
The 60 points in total was a mere 50 more points than was scored on the Pride’s last home game when they defeated the Tweed Heads Seagulls three weeks ago. It was their last win and with last placed Tweed Heads moving to three wins with Burleigh, they are in danger of heading to dead last unless the wins start coming. Easts consolidate their top 6 position, taking advantage of Redcliffe’s loss in Townsville.
EASTS TIGERS 32
Tries: Billy Walters (8m), Jake Foster (11m), Shane Neumann (22m), Linc Port (41m), Billy Walters (63m), Jarrod McInally (77m)
NORTHERN PRIDE 28
Tries: Darryn Schonig (37m), Khan Ahwang (43m), Keelan White (56m), Gideon Gela-Mosby (69m), Troy Kapea (71m)
Goals: Khan Ahwang 4/5 Conv
The 2014 Grand Finalists meet in Cairns on Saturday evening, and both could really do with a win.
The Pride have a 4-8 record so far in 2017, and haven’t had too long a run of wins or losses, but will need a long winning run soon if they want to be part of the finals. The Pride currently sit fourth last but are just five points from the top 6.
Easts have been hit and miss since a five game winning streak came to a stop in Round 8, and despite two losses in three game against top sides, still remain 5th. They also have well beaten the Pride in their clash earlier in the year 42-12.
1. Bradley Stephen 2. Gideon Gela-Mosby 3. Khan Ahwang 4. Justin Castellaro 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Jared Allen 8. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 9. Ryan Ghietti 10. William Bugden 11. Graham Clark 12. Tom Hancock 13. Joel Riethmuller 14. Colin Wilkie 16. Patrick Mago 17. Darryn Schonig 15. Troy Kapea 18. Connor Jones 19. Javid Bowen 20. Matthew Musumeci 21. Luke George
Coach: Ty Williams
1. Gerard McCallum 2. Linc Port 3. Shane Neumann 4. Conor Carey 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Billy Walters 7. Chris Ostwald 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Matt Zgrajewski 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Dean Britt 13. Adam Crear 14. David Murphy 15. Liufau Hala 16. Brandon George 17. James Salter 18. Mat Pitman
Coach: Scott Sipple
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