Pride grind out win v Phins
THE Northern Pride pocketed the flair and got their grind on to prove attitude is everything in the Intrust Super Cup.
After a fortnight spent stewing on the shellacking handed out by Wynnum, the Pride exacted revenge of sorts with a 20-16 victory over Redcliffe at Barlow Park yesterday.
Where too many Hail Mary plays brought the hosts undone against the Seagulls, they took on the role of mathematician this time to play the percentages over the Dolphins.
Unlike the last-start defeat, the Pride were able to repel the visiting forwards in an arm wrestle perfectly suited to XXXX man of the match Tom Hancock.
With their kicks, halves Brayden Torpy and Jared Allen found plenty of grass and offloads were taboo in a result which allowed the Pride to join Redcliffe with a 5-4 record.
“The first thing we said after Wynnum was effort,” coach Joe O’Callaghan said.
“All we wanted was effort and to do what Wynnum did to us a few weeks ago and out-enthuse teams that come up here.
“We got in to a real scrap and I think we did really well.
“A side like Redcliffe, with so many attacking threats, you have got to take it to them.”
Centre Shaun Hudson and winger Justin Castellaro were outstanding at shutting down threats, while Hancock got good aid in the middle.
“We did very well at taking time away from them,” O’Callaghan said.
“You don’t see that off the ball but that had a big impact.”
Redcliffe coach Adam Mogg lamented his side’s sorry completion rate.
“The Pride competed well and kicked well and we didn’t reciprocate,” he said.
“It was a good game of footy but we didn’t execute well.
“They don’t have any great structure about how they play or any trick plays, but footy is simple when you kick well.
“I’m frustrated – every loss, we beat ourselves.”
NORTHERN PRIDE 20 (Javid Bowen 2, Ryan Ghietti, Khan Ahwang tries; Khan Ahwang 2 goals) def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 16 (Sam Anderson 2, Anthony Cherrington tries; Darren Nicholls 2 goals) at Barlow Park.