Pride gets better of Crows as Cross stars
CENTRAL Burnett Brumbies product Dawson Cross impressed but even he could not prevent Northern Pride from claiming victory in the representative rugby league matches played at T J O’Neill Oval on Saturday.
The Northern Pride upstaged the Central United Crows 28-8 in the Mal Meninga (under-18) match after winning the Cyril Connell (under-16) clash.
Cross starred at lock for the Crows in the under-16 match but his efforts went unrewarded with the Pride emerging 40-10 winners.
With Logan Bayliss and Kirby Rubesaame also part of the Crows line-up, Central United enjoyed a promising start, but Pride eventually took control.
Central United coach Jason Green said an inability to maintain pressure and simple mistakes had proved crucial.
“I was quite pleased with the players’ efforts in the first half and how they got back into the game and built pressure,” he said.
“But I tend to think they couldn’t maintain the pressure.
“They made some simple errors that allowed the other team to get back into the game and score some easy points.
“When we got opportunities we probably didn’t respect or maintain momentum for long enough periods to build any pressure.”
Despite the loss, Dawson, who normally plays five-eighth, said he enjoyed playing at the back of the scrum.
“Playing lock is okay because I am always in the action,” he said.
“I was thrilled that the North Burnett mayor Don Waugh was at the game to watch me.
“He came straight over to shake my hand after the game.”
Dawson will reunite with his Crows teammates this weekend when they travel to Roma to take on Toowoomba in the next round of the state-wide competition.
Green said the boys would need to regroup before tackling the Toowoomba Clydesdales who are coming off a bye.
IN A LINE: Central United lock Dawson Cross (right) and his teammates chase the ball during Saturday’s Cyril Conner Cup clash against Northern Pride.
BIG BOOT: Burnett teenager Dawson Cross (right) boots the ball downfield during Central United’s under-16 clash against Northern Pride.