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Willing derby clash ends in draw

Nine contracted iSelect Titans players went head to head in what is always a willing local derby between Tweed Seagulls and Burleigh Bears Piggabeen Sports Reserve on Sunday.

In what was at times a spiteful encounter, the rivals – who could make claim to being the form teams of the Intrust Super Cup - teams finished level at 16-all, so bragging rights were shared when the Titans boys returned for recovery next morning.

The Bears trailed for almost the entire game before Khan Ahwang levelled the scores with a try and a sideline conversion in the 75th minute.

Watching his side claw back a two-try deficit after losing halfback Ryley Jacks and second-rower Louis Fanene earlier in the match left Bears coach Jim Lenihan very pleased.

“We wanted to prove a point,” Lenihan said. “Last time we played (Tweed) they made us look pretty ordinary so it was a big effort for us. To lose two blokes early and finish with two guys on the bench, I thought we did really good.”

Heavy rain poured for much of the contest and both clubs lost players to injury along the way. Tweed opened the scoring through prop Pele Peletelese in the sixth minute. Peletelese and front row partner Reg Saunders were the stand outs as the Seagulls took the early momentum.

Burleigh levelled the scores in the 23rd minute when Steve Michaels powered through a number of defenders to score an inspired try under the posts, but the Seagulls finished the opening half strongly with tries to James Wood and Tom Merritt stretching the lead to eight.

The Bears had to score first after the break to stay in the contest and they did it when Conner Toia sliced through the defence to set up Ahwang’s first try in the 48th minute.

From there the Bears had the majority of the field position, while Tweed’s chances were limited but for a penalty goal in the 60th minute.

Tweed held their line under big pressure on a number of occasions, but the Bears finally got the try they needed with five to go.

Ahwang’s sideline conversion in driving rain made him the hero of the day, but it was makeshift hooker Dimitri Pelo who won the most praise from the coach for his performance.

With the likes of Matt Keating, Nafe Seluini and Matt Beddow all unavailable for the Bears, Pelo was brought into the unfamiliar hooking role at the last minute but managed to thrive.

"I thought Dimitri Pelo was probably our best player,” Lenihan said. “He came in late to play hooker and played 80 minutes for us in the middle which is a hard thing to do in a game like today."

Seagulls coach Aaron Zimmerle admitted his side was a little disappointed to walk away with a draw, but praised the way his men responded in the face of adversity.

“The biggest thing I’ll take out of the game is how brave we were,” he said. “Sam Saville popped a shoulder in the first half and Ayden Lee had his nose all over his face. There’s two guys that had just gone on the field that had to be subbed out immediately and then I’ve got three blokes that I won’t name publicly that are playing with pretty serious injuries but they’re just battling on and dealing with the pain.

“To play a game with 15 players against a quality side like Burleigh who have scored 135 points in their last three games and to only concede 16 points, I’m pretty happy with the effort.”

Tweed have now gone nine consecutive games without defeat, but while Zimmerle is proud of what his team has achieved of late, he isn’t about to let his side rest on their laurels.

“Winning eight in a row means nothing if you don’t play semi-final football,” he said. “A season is judged on playing finals footy and then what you do when you get to the finals.

“I put (the winning streak) down to the players. They work really hard for each other and they’ve got great chemistry as a group which is so important. If you care about the bloke standing next to you it allows you to do a lot more in the game.”

TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 16 (Tom Merritt, James Wood, Pele Peletelese tries; Jamal Fogarty 2 goals) drew BURLEIGH BEARS 16 (Khan Ahwang 2, Steve Michaels tries; Khan Ahwang 2 goals) at Piggabeen Sports.

Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Jamal Fogarty 2. Tom Merritt 3. Luke Dumas 4. James Wood (c) 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Sam Irwin 7. Michael Burgess 8. Reg Saunders 9. Matt King (c) 10. Pele Peletelese 18. Oliver Percy 12. Cory Blair 13. Tom Kingston 14. Blake Anderson 15. Chris Piper 16. Sam Saville 17. Ayden Lee 

Burleigh Bears: 1. Henare Wells 2. Khan Ahwang 3. Dimitri Pelo 4. Steve Michaels 5. Anthony Don 6. Conner Toia 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Mark Ioane 9. Brad Tighe 10. Matt Bell 11. James Dunley 12. Kyle McConnell 13. Darren Griffiths (c) 14. Tyler Chadburn 15. Siuatonga Likiliki 16. Chris Kitching 17. Louis Fanene​

Position

 

P

W

D

L

B

F

A

+/-

Pts

1

Northern Pride

16

13

0

2

1

429

265

164

28

2

Tweed Heads Seagulls

17

10

1

5

1

414

317

97

23

3

Wynnum Manly Seagulls

17

10

0

6

1

442

296

146

22

4

Ipswich Jets

17

10

0

6

1

416

334

82

22

5

Easts Tigers

16

9

1

5

1

408

279

129

21

6

PNG Hunters

17

9

1

6

1

395

339

56

21

7

Burleigh Bears

17

8

1

7

1

402

374

28

19

8

Norths Devils

17

8

0

8

1

344

354

-10

18

9

Souths Logan Magpies

17

7

0

8

2

348

360

-12

18

10

Redcliffe Dolphins

17

6

1

8

2

356

331

25

17

11

Mackay Cutters

17

6

0

9

2

254

326

-72

16

12

CQ Capras

17

2

1

12

2

260

462

-202

9

13

Sunshine Coast Falcons

17

0

0

16

1

130

561

-431

2