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Pride aim to build against Bears after posting first win

Northern Pride head into Round 11 of the Hastings Deering Colts this weekend with their first win locked away for 2022.

Pride will take on Burleigh Bears and know they’re building momentum towards an end of season with positives.

Pride beat Western Clydesdales 62-8 two weeks ago and showed plenty of enterprise and attacking flair.

It all started in the third minute with Liam Joseph scoring and 11 tries later, Pride were one happy team.

Pride coach David Westley said he thought his side had taken a big step towards putting down a strong foundation.

“We are starting to have a stable core in the side that is providing that stability that you need to win games,” Westley said.

“We need that every week.

“This week against the Bears we have a chance to build and win two games in a row.

“That’s an important step forward for us.

“Our players are starting to understand what it takes to play Colts and to understand that if you want to play Cup and NRL what is needed.

“I am looking forward to the rest of the season."

In their win, Pride dominated the Clydesdales with 57 per cent of the ball and there wasn’t any area that they didn’t come out on top.

They produced 14 line breaks, 11 tries and only 21 missed tackles. A strong overall performance like this will all be needed again this week against the Bears.

Joseph was tremendous for the Pride with 18 tackles, 230 run metres and two tries.

Their opponents the Bears are also coming off a morale-boosting win in their last outing, taking care of Norths Devils 30-16.

The big performers for the Bears were Lachlan Adamson with 27 tackles and Cam Connell with 179 run metres.

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Ipswich Jets will host the Clydesdales this weekend and will be happy after going into the bye round after bagging their second win of the year.

The Jets proved too strong for the Magpies and will be looking to replicate everything about the win, except maybe 15 minutes in the second half where the Magpies started to claw back some ground.

The Jets had ball galore and did lots with it, scoring nine tries to please coach Chris Ash.

The work of Samson Sauaso with 182 run metres and Tyree Bowman with 27 tackles would have also pleased the coach.

Their opponents the Clydesdales are coming away from a disappointing loss to the Pride; it was 62-8 and not a lot went right for the Clydesdales.

They need to harness the enthusiasm of players like Oliver Bichel who is their best every week and plays a different position game-to-game and turn that into more complete performances.

Sunshine Coast Falcons and Townsville Blackhawks will face off on Saturday.

In their last game, the Falcons headed to Hervey Bay and never got a grip on the game, losing 58-6 to Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

It took 47 minutes for the Falcons to score and by that time, the Seagulls had flown away.

Jai Smoothy added another four points to his season tally of 74 and Sam Reid tried hard in defence with 38 tackles.

In their match, the Blackhawks had a hard 23-10 win over Brisbane Tigers in Townsville.

Jordan Lipp and Jesse Yallop were both featured on the score sheet and Matua Robinson nearly cracked the 200 metres mark, while Yallop also made two line breaks.

Central Queensland came unstuck against Redcliffe Dolphins 28-16 in their last game and will be looking to turn it around against Tweed Seagulls this weekend.

In their last game, the Dolphins were able to surge ahead of the Capras 18-6 at halftime and despite the Capras ending up with more ball and scoring two second-half tries, the damage was done.

Tweed won’t be happy with their latest game either, they were involved in the only game last week - a catch-up match against Souths Logan - but they might wish they weren’t having lost 60-12.

The Magpies attacked and didn’t stop from start to finish and the Tweed couldn’t hold them out, letting them 10 tries.

Souths Logan got to play last week in their catch-up game against Tweed Seagulls and got a 60-12 win.

Brayden Paix kicked 10 from 10 conversions and now leads the Colts competition with 96 points. It was an outstanding team effort from the Magpies with Denzel Samoa running 148 metres and Rhys Sparey making 22 tackles.

In their last outing Mackay also had a win against Tweed, claiming their match 22-10. Kane Simon was a big mover again for the Cutters and is a player who makes ground and has impact every week.

Simon had 172 run metres against Tweed two weeks ago and Baden Robinson was a wall in defence with 37 tackles.

The Cutters defence was outstanding with only 13 missed tackles.

The Tigers come into this week's game following a loss to Blackhawks in Townsville, while their Round 11 opponents Redcliffe got the win over Central Queensland 28-16 and probably didn’t want the weekend off last week.

In their last match, it took the Tigers a while to get moving, with their defence proving a bit rusty, allowing 51 tackle breaks.

Tightening their defence would be one of the first things needing to be fixed this week against the Dolphins who were commanding in every way in their win.

Against the Capras, the Dolphins were able to keep control, despite being two men down during the game and not having much ball.

In their last match, Norths Devils didn’t enjoy their trip to the beach against Burleigh Bears and lost 30-16.

The Devils were called on to make too many tackles which tested their ability to hold out the Bears.

However, they did have some strong performers in the match, including William Curran with 154 run metres and Isaac Hawes who made 41 tackles.

Their rivals this weekend Wynnum Manly Seagulls come into this game following a big win over Sunshine Coast Falcons and wouldn’t have welcomed the weekend sitting at home last week.

Wynnum Manly won 58-6 and did everything right on their way to scoring 11 tries.

Jordan Davies had a day out with 188 run metres and Luke Phillip was outstanding again with two line breaks and seven goals. It was 30-0 at half-time and the Seagulls had the perfect football start.

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