Pride gets bet­ter of Crows as Cross stars

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: TESSA MAP­STONE

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.

PHOTO: TESSA MAP­STONE

BIG BOOT: Bur­nett teenager Daw­son Cross (right) boots the ball down­field dur­ing Cen­tral United’s un­der-16 clash against North­ern Pride.

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