Pride won't go to the head
NORTHERN Pride coach David Maiden believes his players will not lose focus after rewriting the record books on Saturday night.
ORTHERN Pride coach David Maiden believes his players will not lose focus after rewriting the record books on Saturday night.
The Pride made history in front of their home fans at Barlow Park when they thrashed the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 60-10.
The victory was the Pride’s 17th in a row and gave the club the longest winning streak in Queensland Cup history.
It was a result worthy of a long and loud celebration, but Maiden said his players were already focused on Saturday’s away match against Ipswich.
"We’ve had a big night and we’ve won 17 in a row, but a few of the boys in the sheds said ‘Righto, next week it’s going to be a tough trip down there and let’s get ready for that’," he said.
"They’re looking forward to the clash already."
It is hardly surprising given the form the Pride showed on Saturday night.
Ten months after they were humiliated 64-0 by the Sea Eagles, the Pride delivered a long and terrible payback.
The Sea Eagles were never in the contest, with the marauding Pride forwards unstoppable as they conquered territory like an invading army.
With extra time and space, Pride halves Ty Williams and Ryan Ghietti, as well as hookers Jason Roos and Lancen Joudo, toyed with the Sea Eagles’ retreating defensive line.
The Pride ran in six tries to lead 36-0 at halftime, continuing their record of not conceding a first-half try this season.
The Sea Eagles scored two tries in the second half, their second arriving on the fulltime hooter, but were held up over the line three times by the Pride tacklers.
Maiden said that type of commitment revealed a lot about his players.
"The fact they scrambled so hard and worked so hard for each other was very pleasing," he said.
"They probably could’ve taken their foot off the pedal and let in a few easy tries, but they’re proud of their record and defensive
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Rout: The Sea Eagles make a desperate tackle on former Cronulla Sharks player Lancen Joudo as the Pride went rampant at Barlow Park on Saturday. Picture: JAKE NOWAKOWSKI