Pride too strong for Tigers in Queensland Cup

SOME unsavoury fighting incidents marred a dominant 36-4 win by the Northern Pride over the Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup grand final at Suncorp Stadium yesterday.

With the game already in the bag, Pride front-rower Ricky Thorby, outstanding in the opening exchanges, was sent to the sin bin for punching, as was the Tigers' Kenny Bromwich.

The Pride finished the match with 11 men after Ethan Lowe was also binned for talking back to the referees.

And in the 77th minute, Tigers captain Steve Thorpe was sent off, also for back chat.

Rubbing further salt into Easts' wounds, Javid Bowen scored his second of the afternoon with just one minute remaining, for his team to finish 32-point victors. It was two-game Cowboys back-rower Blake Leary who threw the last pass on that occasion.

Leary also did so for Ryan Ghietti's try in the 51st minute, running to the line and keeping the opposition defence guessing by showing them the ball.

Earlier, the Pride got its first try in the 16th minute through Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt after he finished off a simple backline play.

Bowen then got his first of the match courtesy of a short-side play in the 20th minute. Tries to Davin Crampton and Brett Anderson just minutes either side of half-time all but sealed the result early for the north Queensland team.

Shaun Nona showed good composure in the lead-up to Anderson's try, regathering his chip kick off a Tigers defender, before throwing a long pass for Anderson to score out wide.

The Pride's win meant forward Ben Spina notched up his 100th cup game - all for the Pride - in style.