Northern Pride pound Magpies
A BICEP injury to captain and five-eighth Ty Williams was the only bad news to emerge from the Northern Pride's 36-6 thrashing of an undermanned Souths Logan at Barlow Park on Saturday night.
Williams left the field with 17 minutes remaining in the game and will undergo scans today to find out the extent of the damage.
But even with their chief playmaker off the paddock for the final quarter, the Pride were unstoppable in attack and ran in six unanswered tries in the second half.
It was a huge turnaround from the first half when the reigning Queensland Cup premiers carried on the same poor handling and ill-discipline that marked their 22-18 loss to Mackay the week before.
Pride coach David Maiden said Saturday’s performance was the response he wanted from his players after the Cutters debacle.
"I guess last week was a hiccup and I said last week it would be a test of our character to see how we responded," he said.
"I was more than pleased with that and very proud of the boys in terms of what they did."
Most of Maiden’s satisfaction, however, was reaped in the second half after the Pride turned in an uninspired opening 40 minutes.
The Magpies scored the only points of the half in the 11th minute when Ben Cronin swooped on a loose ball after a cross-field chip was dropped.
Facing a 6-0 deficit at the break, the Pride unleashed the razzle-dazzle when they returned to the field. The home side were in front within seven minutes of the restart thanks to long-range tries from Williams and centre Brett Anderson.
The Pride forwards were suddenly bending the defensive line back and the outside backs exploited the extra space they found themselves in.
Anderson ran through a gaping hole to send halfback Ryan Ghietti to the tryline before forward Mark Cantoni finished off a 50m bust instigated by hooker Jason Roos.
Pride centre Davin Crampton also made his presence felt.
The Normanton junior had his most productive game since debuting three weeks ago and set up late tries for Rod Jensen and Chey Bird.
Maiden said Crampton was a damaging ball runner.
"He’s very strong, very quick, good on his feet and I’ve also given him instruction he’s got to come looking for it (the ball) if it doesn’t come to him," he said.
The Magpies were hit hard with injuries during the match and were without the services of David Milne after the fullback was ruled out before kick-off with a virus.
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Rampage: Magpies players try to bring the Pride’s Noel Underwood to ground. Picture: TOM LEE