CENTRAL Queensland rugby league fans had to wait 20 minutes for the CQ NRL Bid's first match on home soil to start, but it was well worth the wait.
Despite a delayed start, the CQ NRL Bid under-14 side ran in eight tries to one in their 46-6 win over Northern Pride at Victoria Park yesterday to hand rookie coach Darren Ferricks his first win at the helm and CQ NRL Bid's first win at home.
In the lead-up to the side's first home match, Ferricks said there had been a focus on showing CQ crowds what the boys could do.
"We talked about how the last two years they've travelled away and how we wanted to show Central Queensland and the CQ NRL Bid that we have got talented kids in our region," he said.
"It was my goal to make them play as a team and they did (that) and I was really proud of the team."
CQ NRL Bid five-eighth Sam Murphy beat a couple defenders to pass to winger Blake McMahon to score CQ NRL Bid's first try in CQ in the fourth minute of the match, before the home side added three more tries before half-time to head into the break leading 22-6.
Right centre Benn Richardson ran onto a short ball from halfback Teykoa Nagas to score CQ NRL Bid's second try of the afternoon five minutes after McMahon's, before the Pride hit back through second rower Tazman McRobbie to make it 10-6.
CQ NRL Bid and Gladstone product Lachlan Buchanan scooped up a loose ball after a towering Murphy bomb was spilled by a Pride player to score under the posts with 11 minutes to go.
Murphy then showed some individual brilliance to slice through and score a few minutes before half-time.
Front-rower Luke Pellegrinet dropped one over the line shortly after half-time.
A minute later Buchanan put fullback Tyson Curtis away to score, before Jye Anderson and Nagas scored two tries in quick succession to give CQ NRL Bid a 40-6 lead. Stephen Borg scored CQ NRL Bid's final try in the 53rd minute.
CQ NRL Bid v Pride
UNDER-14: CQ NRL Bid 46 def Northern Pride 6
UNDER-15: Northern Pride 36 def CQ NRL Bid 14