Northern Pride back to winning ways
THE Northern Pride have reminded their fans, rival teams and themselves what they are capable of with a 32-16 victory over Easts
Tigers at Barlow Park on Saturday night.
The win snapped a worrying three-game losing streak for the reigning Queensland Cup premiers who head into the competition break third on the ladder.
Pride coach David Maiden said his players took ownership of their recent poor form and deserved credit for turning it around.
"The guys are the ultimate professionals. They work really hard and as professionals they take pride in their performances," he said.
"We’d got away from the little one-percenters that we needed to do.
"They haven’t been there for the last three weeks and I think we saw today when we put them together we’re a dangerous side."
Pride centre Brett Anderson was star of the show for the home team after finishing the game with four tries.
The former Storm player was selected in the Queensland Residents team last week and performed with the class of a representative-quality footballer.
Anderson scored his first try in the sixth minute before winger Hezron Murgha boosted the Pride’s lead to 12 points when he caught a cross-field kick at full stretch to score in the corner.
The Tigers nearly hit back four minutes later after a mid-field bust, but it was Cowboys recruit Cory Paterson who found the tryline next to give the home side a 16-0 halftime lead.
The Pride always looked in control of the contest after the restart and had their dominance rewarded with a second-half hat-trick to
The 24-year-old was on hand to pick up the scraps after the Tigers dropped a high ball before muscling his way over for two tries in three minutes.
Facing an embarrassing blowout, the Tigers responded in the final 13 minutes with four-pointers to Lance Morris, Fred Pakutoa and Dane Chisholm.
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Pushing on: Ricky Thorby presses forward for the Pride in a convincing victory against Easts Tigers at Barlow Park on Saturday night. Picture: STEWART McLEAN