Eddy Pettybourne : NYC Rugby League - Bulldogs V Titans at Central Coast Stadium, Sunday 16th August 2015. Digital Image by Robb Cox ©nrlphotos.com

Pettybourne shines for Bears

Aquis Titans prop/second-rower Eddy Pettybourne was able to get a valuable 60 minutes on the field for Burleigh Bears on Sunday, his longest stint in his stop-start 2016 season, while his NRL teammates enjoyed the round 12 bye.

Pettybourne had been hit by a calf injury and compound dislocation in his finger which had limited his season to just four NRL appearances (two when he had to retire early) and a previous Intrust Super Cup run with the Bears.

“He was good and, like all the Titans boys, really put the effort in,” said Burleigh coach Jim Lenihan.

“It was good to get a good hit out under my belt and help my match fitness but it was a pity the boys lost,” said Pettybourne who started the game in his third match in successive weeks.

The Bears went down 32-16 at Dolphin Oval to the Dolphins, who are now two points behind them on the ladder, but Burleigh have retained third spot.

The Bears were unbeaten in four straight matches and had won five in a row away from home coming into the top-of-the-table clash but the brakes came on as the Dolphins farewelled prop Tyson Andrews, whose immediate retirement was announced, with an inspired display.

The Dolphins were effective in slowing down Burleigh’s big forwards at the play-the-ball, while the Bears produced errors at crucial times, which stalled their momentum.

“No one is going to win every game, every week and it’s a situation where we need to learn to deal with pressure at moments of the game,” Lenihan said.

“I thought in that first 20 minutes we were just as good as Redcliffe but I think coming up against the better teams like Redcliffe we’ve got to learn to compete at a higher level for longer.

“I think we were forced into too many errors throughout the game. We were good for patches and then we’d make errors and put ourselves under pressure. We put ourselves in a position to win it at certain times but we hurt ourselves.

“We might have been able to get away with it in games against sides that aren’t as good as Redcliffe but Redcliffe is clearly going to be a top-four side this year.”

Redcliffe led 16-4 at half-time. Burleigh needed to score first in the second half to stay in touch and they did that when Jamal Fogarty played short to a charging Pettybourne.

After that though the Dolphins ran away with the match.

The Seagulls went down to a big Northern Pride side 46-18 however Titans youngster Karl Lawton scored two tries playing in the centres and showed some good touches.

“We just couldn’t shut down their second phase and made too many errors,” Lawton said of the effort.

His second try came from a good long ball from prop Oshae Tuiasau, his former Titans under-20s teammate, who is getting better with each appearance after recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in the last match of 2015.

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 32 (Jack Ahearn 2, Curtis Johnston 2, Darren Nicholls, Jonus Pearson tries; Darren Nicholls 4 goals) def BURLEIGH BEARS 14 (Waka Wanahi, Eddy Pettybourne, Paterika Vaivai tries; Jamal Fogarty goal) at Dolphin Oval.

NORTHS DEVILS 46 (Rogan Dean 2, Matiu Love-Henry 2, Rhett Webster, Jack Mackin, Jack Miers, David Faamita tries; Todd Murphy 7 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 18 (Karl Lawton 2, Matthew Hundy tries; Michael Burgess 3 goals) at Bishop Park.

To watch the Bears v Dolphins match highlights, click this link - http://www.qrl.com.au/news/2016/05/30/highlights_tigers_v_.html

To watch the Seagulls v Pride highlights, click this link - http://www.qrl.com.au/news/2016/05/30/hlights_wrap_devils_.html

 

INTRUST SUPER CUP

POINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 12

 

Team

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Agnst

Total

Townsville Blackhawks

12

9

1

2

0

396

193

19

Easts Tigers

11

7

1

3

1

309

228

17

Burleigh Bears

12

8

1

3

0

342

288

17

Redcliffe Dolphins

11

7

0

4

1

298

184

16

PNG Hunters

11

7

0

4

1

255

221

16

Sunshine Coast Falcons

11

5

1

5

1

221

222

13

Northern Pride

11

5

0

6

1

263

241

12

Wynnum Manly Seagulls

11

5

0

6

1

292

295

12

CQ Capras

11

5

0

6

1

244

314

12

Souths Logan Magpies

12

5

1

6

0

299

316

11

Norths Devils

11

4

1

6

1

238

316

11

Tweed Heads Seagulls

11

4

0

7

1

221

318

10

Ipswich Jets

12

4

0

8

0

280

329

8

Mackay Cutters

11

1

0

10

1

216

409

4

 

NEXT WEEK’S GAMES

Saturday 4 June

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Sunshine Coast Falcons at BMD Kougari Oval 6:00pm

PNG Hunters v Northern Pride at National Football Stadium, Port Moresby 6:30pm

 

Sunday 5 June

Townsville Blackhawks v Norths Devils at Jack Manski Oval 1:40pm (Channel 9)

Burleigh Bears v Easts Tigers at Pizzey Park 2:00pm

Tweed Heads Seagulls v Ipswich Jets at Piggabeen Sports 2:00pm

Redcliffe Dolphins v CQ Capras at Dolphin Oval 2:00pm

Souths Logan Magpies v Mackay Cutters at Davies Park 2:05pm