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QCup Rd 16 Northern 38 Central 26

A four-try effort from second-rower Cory Paterson helped the Northern Pride keep their Intrust Super Cup season alive with a 38-26 victory over the Central Queensland Capras at Barlow Park on Saturday night.
QCup Rd 16 Northern 38 Central 26
by NRL

A four-try effort from second-rower Cory Paterson helped the Northern Pride keep their Intrust Super Cup season alive with a 38-26 victory over the Central Queensland Capras at Barlow Park on Saturday night.

The Cowboys player turned in arguably his best performance in Pride colours to score two tries in each half, including the match sealer with three minutes remaining.

The Pride were far from their best during the game, but did enough to secure a valuable two points to stay in touch with the top five.

After a subdued start from both teams, the contest sparked to life when the Pride crossed for back-to-back tries.

Captain and five-eighth Ty Williams continued to enhance his reputation as the one of the competition's best ball runners when he fended off a couple of tacklers during a scything 20-metre charge.

The ensuing play the ball had the Capras defence backpedalling and the Pride capitalised when Paterson crossed in the 11th minute.

Paterson found his way over the chalk again five minutes later when the ball landed in his arms after Capras fullback Reece Baker allowed a Williams kick to bounce.

Trailing 8-0, the Capras hit back with a converted try to Sailosi Vatubua after exploiting an overlap down their left edge.

Momentum was swinging in the visitors' favour and they were soon in front 12-8 when captain Tim Glasby crashed through soft goal-line defence to score under the posts.

But the Pride replied almost immediately through Brett Anderson and looked certain to take a 14-12 lead into the break after Chey Bird kicked the conversion.

The Capras, however, had other ideas and scored on the final play of the half when Vatubua snuck over in the left corner after a terrible read in defence by Kalifa Faifai Loa.

If the Pride felt bad in the sheds during the break then fullback Wayne Ulugia would've lifted their mood when he crossed untouched after darting out from dummy half.

Bird converted, giving the Pride a 20-16 lead.

The teams then started trading scoreboard blows as the game's defensive intensity dropped.

Sione Tongia scored in the 51st minute for the Capras before Paterson crossed for his third after catching a Williams bomb.

The Pride led 26-20 with 20 minutes to go when Capras centre Brent Williams levelled the game after an individual effort from a scrum win.

With their season on the line, the Pride lifted and regained the lead after second-rower Ethan Lowe busted the Capras through the middle before fooling the cover defence with a well-timed dummy.

Bird's conversion gave the Pride a six-point advantage before Paterson sealed the win with his last try.

NORTHERN PRIDE 38 (Cory Paterson 4, Wayne Ulugia, Brett Anderson, Ethan Lowe tries; Chey Bird 5 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 26 (Sailosi Vatubua 2, Brent Williams, Tim Glasby, Sione Tongia tries; Tyron Cranston 3 goals) at Barlow Park.

Courtesy of Andrew Piva - The Cairns Post www.cairns.com.au


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