Gela-Mosby double sparks Pride comeback

Four successive tries in 20 minutes have lifted the Northern Pride from 0-16 down to a remarkable 22-16 win against Wynnum Manly at BMD Kougari Oval.

The Seagulls were looking to record their third win on the trot after successive wins against the Cutters and Ipswich, but a spirited second half by the Pride put an end to that hope

Wynnum couldn't have asked for a better start when returning playmaker Jayden Berrell crossed early, crossing after only three minutes.

In a frenetic first half, the will of the Seagulls' defence separated the two teams, as several attacking attempts by the visitors were denied by over-powering defence.

Pride winger Murray Taulagi saw strife with four minutes left in the half, with a dangerous tackle putting him on report.

Soon after Seagulls used this to burrow their way to a third try through Alex Barr who made a late shift from front row to centre.

The halftime message coming from the Pride dressing sheds from coach Ty Williams was a simple one: "Stop being out-enthused".

His troops heeded the instructions quickly, a penalty by Wynnum on their first set allowing a more expansive looking attack by the Pride that led to back-to-back tries to winger Gideon Gela-Mosby within only six minutes of the second half.

This sparked a change in the tide for the Pride, who after trailing 16-0, worked their way back to 16-all, with a further try to Taulagi.

The highlights would continue for the Pride, with a Harlem Globetrotter-esque pass from Gela-Mosby putting centre Brett Anderson over, setting up a tense final quarter.

The final 15 minutes were an absolute gut-check for the Seagulls, who had the game flipped upside down on them by a Pride side that underwent a drastic transformation.

Things looked hopeful again for the home side when the Seagulls found themselves with consecutive cracks at the Pride line.

The Chook Pen erupted in the 74th minute when Jayden Berrell appeared to finally get across the Pride line, only for it to be called back for obstruction.

The Pride had an opportunity to put a fork in it when they got down to the Wynnum end of the field, but a lost ball gave Wynnum the glimpse of hope they wanted with three minutes remaining.

Wynnum would threaten to pull the rabbit out of the hat with an attack down the left-hand side started by Patrick Templeman but the attempt would be ended by none other than Pride skipper Ryan Ghietti, who ultimately closed out the game.

The Pride continue to ride high after close back-to-back victories, whilst the Seagulls return to soul-searching as they enter the representative round break.

Full scoring details and final team lists available via QRL Live.

NORTHERN PRIDE 22 (Gideon Gela-Mosby 2, Murray Tualagi, Brett Anderson tries; Jake Clifford 3 goals) def WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 16 (Jayden Berrell, Edward Burns, Alex Barr tries; Patrick Templeman 2 goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.

 

*Kenny Andres is a QRL Correspondent writing for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls