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Affiliate wrap: Halves answer no clearer as Bears pip Seagulls

Justin Holbrook has a selection headache on his hands should Kieran Foran be ruled out of next weekend's Easter Sunday clash against the Dragons.

With the annual Tweed v Burleigh rivalry not disappointing a soul - the Bears prevailing 14-12 - the battle also poised as a halves showdown between playmaking pair Toby Sexton and Tom Weaver.

Titans new recruit Ken Maumalo also made his first appearance for the Bears as he auditioned to break into first grade following his mid-season transfer from the Tigers.

The 28-year-old opened the scoring and was a regular aerial target for Burleigh's halves, almost crossing for a double in his Hostplus Cup debut on the back of a break created by a classy offload from Titans train-and-trialist Vaka Sikahele who has impressed early on in his career.

Titans fans will be none the wiser on knowing who fills in for Foran should the veteran playmaker be officially ruled out of the Easter Sunday's Red V rumble with both Weaver and Sexton hard to split yet again after the pair played their third game together - both with strong running games and having a hand in the two tries scored in the afternoon.

While points were hard to come by, the pair linked up well leaving coach Holbrook with a tricky decision to make over the coming days.

With a number of other Titans in action, young gun Keano Kini put in another fearless display at fullback, topping the running metres tally with 226 as his positional play and energy carrying the ball out of trouble continues to be a key feature of his game.  

Gold Coast forward Sam McIntyre played his first game for Tweed, running just shy of 150 metres and making 27 tackles; adding slick ball-playing through the middle and putting in a well-rounded showing.

Ryan James in action for Tweed. Photo: Dylan Parker/QRL
Ryan James in action for Tweed. Photo: Dylan Parker/QRL

Titans diehards would have also noticed a familiar face back in action with Ryan James making his return to the Hostplus Cup via the Seagulls from the bench after his stint at the Broncos.

The local derby has another shoot out on June 24 at Pizzey Park for the next chapter of rivalry, with the Tweed hoping they can get one back on their Gold Coast combatants.

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