Friday, August 5, 2011
The Northern Pride set up a comfortable 36-20 victory over the Ipswich Jets at Barlow Park on Saturday night.
The Pride had that killer instinct in abundance in the first half as they stamped their class on the contest. Five-eighth Mick Wilson kick-started the charge by snaffling an intercept to run 50m and score under the posts.
The Jets kicked out from the restart and paid for their mistake when Pride halfback Ryan Ghietti stepped through flimsy goal-line defence to also plant the ball near the sticks. Fielding their strongest pack of the year, the Pride began dominating field position and it was replacement forward Ricky Thorby who found the line next to stretch their lead to 18-0. The Jets hit back through hooker Michael Fisher but Thorby ensured the Pride went into the break 24-6 in front when he crashed over for his second four-pointer near halftime.Jets centre Donald Malone kept his side in the contest when he shrugged off a couple of would-be defenders to make it 24-10 five minutes after the restart. The Jets threatened a miracle comeback when fullback Luke Capewell and Malone scored the next two tries.But the Pride sealed the win when winger Michael Bani scored in the corner after a cross-field kick.
The JETS take on Souths at home on Saturday.