Titans’ feeder clubs Burleigh Bears and Tweed Seagulls face must-win clashes this weekend to progress in the finals of the Intrust Super Cup.
Both teams suffered close defeats in week 1 of the finals, setting up two elimination matches for the Gold Coast teams.
The Burleigh Bears will face Broncos feeder club South Logan Magpies this weekend at Pizzey Park.
Coming off a narrow loss to Wynnum Seagulls in week 1 of the finals, Assistant Coach Luke Burt believes his side has what it takes to win in week 2.
“We’re fortunate that we put ourselves in a position throughout the year to have a second chance this weekend,” he said.
“Souths beat us earlier this year, so we know they have a very good side with plenty of NRL experience.”
When asked what his side will do differently this week, the Coach said making the most of their opportunities will be the key to victory.
“We need to build on our defensive attitude from last week and take the opportunities we’re given with discipline and good execution.”
Burleigh Bears received a massive inclusion ahead of their finals campaign, with halfback Tanah Boyd returning to the team after debuting with the Titans in top grade.
“Tanah has fit back into the team really well; he’s bought into the Burleigh style of play and we couldn’t ask any more of his efforts. Last weekend was his first run in 13 weeks, so he’ll only get better from here with a game under his belt,” Burt said.
On the other side of the draw, Tweed Seagulls look to keep their finals hopes alive against the Redcliff Dolphins.
Tweed lost in a tight contest last week against the Minor Premiers, Norths Devils.
In a match that was tied up until late in the second half, Tweed proved they have what it takes to compete with the best in the competition.
Star half Toby Sexton returned to the team for the finals with immediate impact, scoring a try on the weekend and giving the Seagulls a real shot at upsetting the Minor Premiers.
In injury news for Tweed, Joseph Vuna suffered an ACL injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season. As an important part of their edge attack, Tweed will miss the barnstorming backrower this week.
With both teams playing in front of their home crowds this week, large crowds are expected to support the local clubs.
Tweed Seagulls kicks off at 2:10pm on Saturday at Tugun RLFC.
Just down the road, Burleigh will kick off at 3:05pm at their home ground, Pizzey Park.