BURLEIGH BEARS 20
Tries: Kurtis Rowe (10m), Jamie Dowling (28m), Darren Griffiths (45m)
Goals: Keanu Te Kiri 3 Conv, 1 Pen
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 18
Tries: Jonathon Reuben (19m), Carlin Anderson (23m), Oshae Tuiasau (67m)
Goals: Carlin Anderson 3 Conv
By Dan White
Both Teams head to Jack Manski Oval with a win, the Bears had been struggling all season but were happy to give their home crowd a reason to cheer as they headed off after a 22-16 victory at Pizzey Park. The Blackhawks head home after a strong performance at Cairns, looking to continue as their ranks get plundered by an injured Cowboys line-up.
Last time out:
The Bears faced up to the Tweed Heads Seagulls and both sides had yet to register a win. They led at the change after two converted tries and a penalty gave them a four-point lead and the this was further improved when Henare Wells crossed for his second. Tweed made the game look closer than it was with a try on the death, but the Premiers had finally kicked off their struggling season and sit three wins behind the final spot to the post season with a lot of games to come.
The Blackhawks shrugged off the previous week’s loss to a resurgent Easts Tigers and with a three tries to one start, went into the sheds at Barlow park with a comfortable ten-point lead. A fightback from the Pride was snuffed out when Samsen O’Neill crossed and the game was put out of reach of the Pride when Michael Parker-Walshe sealed the deal.
Who to look out for:
David Munro moves off the bench to replace the promoted Corey Jensen. Jensen has earned his promotion with his form in recent weeks and Munro has some shoes to fill if the Blackhawks are to take care of the Bears. Ross Bella moves up to take Munro’s place on the bench and will be under pressure when he takes the field
For the Bears, they will be hoping that Wing Henare Wells can improve on his two try effort and expose the Blackhawks with his speed. Co-Captain and Prop Luke Page will also be a major factor as he will use his experience against the young Props in 22-year old Munro and 20-Year old Bella. This could be the factor that swings it in the Bears favour, should they be exposed.
How they will win:
The Bears will have to exploit the experience factor in their pack. If they can wear down the Blackhawks forwards, they may well be able to exploit the middle as they tire. Getting a score on the board early may also increase the pressure on the young guns to try and do more, leading to errors and penalties that will not please the home crowd.
The Blackhawks will be looking to make sure the older heads in the team keep the younger ones in the game. With Anthony Mitchell, Daniel Beasley and Michael Parker-Walshe guiding the team, they should be able to make sure their pack holds their own and let the back-line do the damage.
The Blackhawks may well see a couple of their Cowboys players drop into the squad before the whistle blows and these changes will swing the tables even further in their favour. The Blackhawks by 8+.
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