Pride win 15 on a trot
NORTHERN Pride coach David Maiden will concentrate on making his side's attack as ruthless as their defence at training this week after the club's 26-16 win over Easts in Brisbane on
For the third consecutive match, the Pride kept their opposition try-less in the first half as their defence once again proved impenetrable .
While delighted with his side’s defensive intensity for most of Saturday’s game, Maiden said the Pride’s attack needed attention.
"We still have to get it right. We’ve still got a few cohesion issues," Maiden said.
"When we keep it simple we go all right. It’s when we try to overcomplicate things that we come up with the errors.
"It’s just something we have to work on and work on until we get it right but at the same time maintain our defensive ethic."
The Pride lost Cowboys winger Michael Bani within the first eight minutes to a suspected achilles tendon injury. Rod Jensen came on to fill his position on the left flank.
The reigning Queensland Cup premiers dominated the opening exchanges and raced to an early 10-0 lead thanks to tries from hooker Jason Roos and centre Ty Williams.
The Pride maintained the comfortable buffer for most of the match until a period of wretched handling in the last 20 minutes allowed the home side into the contest.
The Tigers threatened to pickpocket a win when they moved within four points of the lead before a late try to forward Luke Harlen sealed Pride’s victory – the Pride’s 15th in a row in a streak that extends into last season.
Even though his side sits on top of the ladder after three rounds, Maiden is under no illusion the Pride are playing their best football. "I guess that’s the pleasing thing as a coach that we’ve still got plenty of improvement left in us," Maiden said.
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Delighted: Northern Pride coach David Maiden plans to concentrate on the side's defence.