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Bears go top of table

The I Luv Coffee Burleigh Bears have moved to the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder after winning their first local derby clash at Piggabeen in the past decade.

The Bears dominated possession and position in the first half to take a 24-0 lead at the break against a Tweed Heads side that made too many errors and kept control to win 36-4.

It was only with less than three minutes to go before the Seagulls, who never carried the ball into the Bears’ 20-metre zone in the first half, that the Tweed Heads side posted their points, through left winger Leva Li.

The competition lead, after Townsville Blackhawks went down to Ipswich Jets 24-12. was good enticement for the Bears to maintain their controlled, power-running game in atrocious wet conditions and that’s what they provided.

They were on the scoreboard early when Pacey fullback Kurtis Rowe scored his 12th try of the season from a shift down the left-side and they were rarely troubled after that.

A Jamal Fogarty penalty goal took the lead to 8-0 and the Bears’ second try came in the 25th minute when a good long ball as he fell to the ground from Cullen to put centre Semi Sauiluma into space for 12-0 lead.

Right centre Connor Broadhurst scored on the other side four minutes later after the Bears went right through halfback Fogarty to Rowe who passed to Broadhurst who had a slight juggle but stepped Seagulls fullback Ali Grants with right foot and score. Fogarty’s goal for made it 18-0.

The relentless Bears, who controlled possession well in the wet, were not finished and big Paterika Vaival stormed over from close range with Fogarty converting for a 24-0 half-time lead.

The Seagulls competed better in the second half as heavy rain fell and restricted the Bears to two more tries. The first came in the 58th minutes when five-eighth Cameron Cullen, one of their best, dummied right and ran left on last tackle and found Ailaomai who fed winger Waka Wanahi who ran through water to score. A great conversion into the wind for Fogarty on the left touchline 3took the score to 30-0

In the 73rd minute the powerful Josh Ailaomai took an inside ball from Politoni and could not be stopped from 10 metres. Fogarty converted for 36-0.

Li scored a consolation try for the Seagulls in the 77th minutes when he pounced on a grubber from Grant grubber from 10m.

Victorious Bears coach Jim Lenihan said after the match: “I’m really happy with what we are doing at the moment but hopefully we have a lot of improvement in us still.

“It’s always pleasing to get a win at Piggabeen in the local derby. I feel like we are a bullet proof team yet, I feel we have a lot of improving to do and we need to be up there with the Blackhawks and PNG.”

Burleigh Bears 36 (Rowe, Sauiluma, Wanahi, Broadhurst, Vaivail, Ailaomai tries; Fogarty 6 goals) beat Tweed Heads Seagulls 4 (Li try) at Piggabeen Sports Complex.

INTRUST SUPER CUP

POINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 15

 

Team

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Agnst

Total

Burleigh Bears

15

11

1

3

0

430

314

23

Redcliffe Dolphins

13

9

0

4

2

356

204

22

PNG Hunters

14

10

0

4

1

317

251

22

Townsville Blackhawks

15

10

1

4

0

456

247

21

Easts Tigers

14

8

1

5

1

355

284

19

Sunshine Coast Falcons

14

7

1

6

1

275

270

17

Northern Pride

14

7

0

7

1

323

293

16

Souths Logan Magpies

14

5

2

7

1

337

356

14

CQ Capras

14

6

0

8

1

296

414

14

Norths Devils

14

5

1

8

1

304

388

13

Ipswich Jets

15

6

0

9

0

332

377

12

Wynnum Manly Seagulls

14

5

0

9

1

316

361

12

Tweed Heads Seagulls

14

5

0

9

1

257

394

12

Mackay Cutters

14

1

1

12

1

272

473

5

NEXT WEEK’S GAMES

Saturday 25 June

Easts Tigers v Northern Pride at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park 3:00pm

Townsville Blackhawks v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Jack Manski Oval 4:00pm

CQ Capras v Burleigh Bears at Browne Park 6:00pm

 

Sunday 26 June

Redcliffe Dolphins v Mackay Cutters at Dolphin Oval 1:40pm (Channel 9)

Tweed Heads Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies at Piggabeen Sports 2:00pm

Norths Devils v PNG Hunters at Bishop Park 3:05pm

 

Bye: Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Ipswich Jets