Pride claim famous victory in Cairns

The Northern Pride claimed a famous come-from-behind victory against the Easts Tigers in Round 22, scoring three second half tries in their 18-16 win at Barlow Park this evening.

The eighth-placed Tigers travelled North to Cairns for their clash with the Northern Pride and while their place in the top eight had all been confirmed for the 2019 Intrust Super Cup finals series, they side were looking for a turn of form, having lost their past four games heading into tonight’s clash.

Both sides had their fair share of NRL experience included in their sides, with Cowboys contingent Gideon Gela-Mosby, Enari Tuala and Javid Bowen lining up for the Pride, whilst Easts Tigers were boosted by the addition of Melbourne Storm contracted players Billy Walters, Marion Seve, Solomone Kata and Isaaac Lumelume.

It took the Tigers just four minutes to cross for their first try, in the form off flyer Lumelume.

It took until 30 minutes later, but Easts were in again when they crossed through Billy Walters, who took the line on and came up trumps scoring the Tigers second try of the evening.

Tigers held a 10-0 lead over the Northern Pride at the halftime break.

Easts came out of the blocks firing in the second half, scoring their third try of the match in the first minute of the half, through Shane Neumann.

It took the Pride 46 minutes to get on the scoreboard through Cephas Chinfat.

The tables had now turned, with Patrick Gallen crossing for his first try of the season to put the Pride within four points with 28 minutes remaining.

The points kept coming for the home-side with North Queensland Cowboys contracted flyer Gela-Mosby crossing for a try in the 58th minute to give the Pride a two-point lead with 22 minutes remaining.

The Pride held their own, defending their two-point lead for the remainder of the match to claim a famous come-from-behind victory over the finals-bound Tigers in Cairns.

Next week, the Pride will travel to Tweed Heads where they will take on the Seagulls at Piggabeen Sports Complex.

The Easts Tigers will play host to the Townsville Blackhawks at Langlands Park in Round 23.