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QCup Rd 19: Top guns Pride blow Sea Eagles away

A ruthless Northern Pride demonstrated the gap between the Intrust Super Cup's top and bottom sides on Saturday night, flogging the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 50-16 at Barlow Park.
QCup Rd 19: Top guns Pride blow Sea Eagles away
by rleague.com

By ANDREW PIVA @ THE CAIRNS POST

A ruthless Northern Pride demonstrated the gap between the Intrust Super Cup's top and bottom sides on Saturday night, flogging the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 50-16 at Barlow Park.

The ladder-leading Pride flexed their playing muscle in the opening 12 minutes, racing to an 18-0 lead on the back of converted tries from fullback Wayne Ulugia, winger Kyle Feldt and second-rower Davin Crampton.

A drop in intensity allowed the Sea Eagles to hit back with two tries and narrow the deficit to eight points, but it was as close as the visitors got.

The Pride led 28-10 at the break after winger Semi Tadulala (pictured) and prop Aidan Smith crossed near half-time before going on with the job following the restart.

Tadulala completed his hat-trick with another two tries, while centre Brett Anderson and Ulugia also scored.

While it was far from the Pride's best performance of the season, there was much to admire from an attacking standpoint.

The Pride's left side was especially potent, with Anderson and Tadulala forming a devastating combination.

But hard-working second-rower Ethan Lowe was arguably the player of the match after tormenting the Sea Eagles' defence throughout the game.

Northern Pride coach Jason Demetriou was largely happy with the performance but criticised his team's effort in the final 20 minutes.

"At the start of the second half, I thought we were really good. We knuckled down, got to the end of our sets and scored some pretty good tries," Demetriou said.

"But the last 20 minutes I thought was poor. I think we completed one out of 10 sets in the back end of the second half.


"It's disappointing, but it happens. I suppose when you're generating game speed and making the metres we were, you tend to push a pass.

"But the important thing is the result and we got that."

With second-placed Mackay drawing 26-26 with Burleigh on Saturday night, the Pride now hold a four-point buffer on top of the ladder.

It's just the position Demetriou wants his team in ahead of a tough stretch of games to close the competition rounds.

"We've got Souths next week and then we're into three home games, but three really tough home games against sides that are pushing for the play-offs or trying to get as far up the table as they can," he said.

"We need to knuckle down and cut our errors because over the last three weeks we have been making far too many."

Regular Northern Pride fullback Hezron Murgha didn't play against the Sea Eagles after Demetriou gave the 27-year-old a week off ahead of Sunday's match against Souths Logan in his hometown of Yarrabah.

Northern Pride 50 (Semi Tadulala 3, Wayne Ulugia 2, Kyle Feldt, Brett Anderson, Aidan Smith, Davin Crampton tries; Kyle Feldt 7 goals) def Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 16 (Rowan Klein, Callum Klein, Eli Wickham tries; Ryan Hansen 2 goals) at Barlow Park.




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