Pride knocked out

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - MATT NICHOLLS

NORTHERN Pride coach David Scott says his play­ers should hold their heads up high af­ter los­ing to Townsville in Satur­day’s Hast­ings Deer­ing Colts pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

The un­der-20s led 22-4 af­ter 19 min­utes but did not score again for the rest of the match, los­ing 26-22.

“It was a dis­ap­point­ing fin­ish but I couldn’t fault the boys’ ef­fort,” Scott said.

“They did ev­ery­thing I asked. We just didn’t have enough of the ball in the sec­ond half and got fa­tigued.”

Evan Child was su­perb for the Pride, scor­ing two tries and was solid in de­fence in the No.7 jer­sey, fill­ing in for the in­jured Jack Cam­pag­nolo.

A lop­sided penalty count in the sec­ond half helped the Black­hawks get back into the game as they scored four unan­swered tries to claim vic­tory.

Black­hawks coach David Tan­gata-Toa said he felt con­fi­dent go­ing into the break that his side could win if they could get a fair share of pos­ses­sion.

“The Pride started the game re­ally strongly and we strug­gled to go with them at the start; we didn’t have a whole lot of ball,” Tan­gata-Toa said.

Townsville Black­hawks 26

(Michael Carroll 2, Sam Martin, Ene­marki Shibasaki, James Con­roy tries; Adam Cook 3 goals) (Evan Child 2, Quin­lyn Can­non, Bran­don Jack­o­nia tries; Mark Rosendale 2, Pa­trick Gallen goals) at Jack Man­ski Oval.

d Northern Pride 22

“I spoke to them at half­time and said to them if we can get our hands on the ball and de­fend a bit bet­ter than what we’ve been do­ing, we’d get the re­sult that we wanted.

“We sort of knew af­ter we scored our sec­ond try they’d only tack­led us 16 times, so it showed that we didn’t have a whole lot of ball in that first half and we could still put 10 points on them,” Tan­gata-Toa said.

Scott said there were plenty of rea­sons to look for­ward to the 2019 sea­son.

“Some of our younger play­ers re­ally im­proved this year and an­other pre-sea­son un­der their belts will make a big dif­fer­ence,” he said.

The Black­hawks will play Norths Devils in the Hast­ings Deer­ing Colts grand fi­nal this Sun­day at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

Pic­ture: ALIX SWEENEY

SU­PERB EF­FORT: Northern Pride’s Evan Child starred for his side against Townsville Black­hawks in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Jack Man­ski Oval.

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