PRIDE GIVE JETS A SCARE

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JA­COB GRAMS LEAGUE

THE North­ern Pride have come within an inch of one of the great­est In­trust Su­per Cup come­backs in a char­ac­ter­build­ing loss against Ip­swich.

When the Jets rat­tled off four tries be­tween the 16th and 26th min­utes to make it 22-6, many would have been for­given for ex­pect­ing a cricket score, but the young Pride aimed up to stem the flow go­ing into half­time.

Even Ty Williams put the head down when Ip­swich re­gained the ball off the kick-off and scored in the en­su­ing set, but the bounce of the ball quickly went their way when Javid Bowen ran 90m to score.

Tries to Shawn Bowen and Bradley Stephen made it 26-22 with 10 min­utes to play and the Pride would have stolen it had Gideon Gela-Mosby, who played full­back in­stead of Matthew Musumeci, not been run down within inches of the try line.

Pride coach Ty Williams said he was ex­tremely proud of the con­vic­tion his side showed to re­turn to their game plan de­spite the writ­ing on the wall at 26-6 to have Ip­swich “on the ropes” late in the game.

“I thought we might have been in for a long af­ter­noon but some­thing clicked for us and we got some ball in good field po­si­tion and we played some re­ally good foot­ball,” he said.

“I’m very proud of the boys. They could have let it slip.

“I spoke to the Walker boys af­ter­wards and they were very ner­vous.

“They were very happy the clock ran out when it did.”

Williams lamented the “12 to 14 min­utes” the Pride went with­out the ball in the first half af­ter start­ing the game well, scor­ing the first try through Mar­cus Jensen.

He said he had seen enough in the past three weeks against the Black­hawks, Wyn­numManly and Ip­swich, who had ev­ery­thing to play for, to sug­gest his side would fin­ish the sea­son on an up­ward curve.

Williams said it was crit­i­cal to keep the roll go­ing for the rest of a tough run home to build con­fi­dence and char­ac­ter for next sea­son.

“I think we’ve turned a cor­ner. It’s a big chance for us to fin­ish with con­fi­dence be­cause if we do, next year I think we’ll have a wow of a year,” he said.

The Pride host Souths Lo­gan Mag­pies, who will have fresh legs af­ter a bye in Round 21, at Bar­low Park on Sat­ur­day night.

I SPOKE TO THE WALKER BOYS AF­TER­WARDS AND THEY WERE VERY NER­VOUS. THEY WERE VERY HAPPY THE CLOCK RAN OUT WHEN IT DID TY WILLIAMS, PRIDE COACH

Pic­ture: ROB WILLIAMS

SUR­VIVAL MODE: North­ern Pride winger Shawn Bowen chases the ball in his side's 32-22 loss to Ip­swich Jets in Round 20 of the In­trust Su­per Cup.

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