WYNNUM SEAGULLS 28
Tries: Aaron Rockley (15m), Daniel Ogden (21m), Jayden Berrell (45m), Travis Burns (53m), Daniel Ogden (60m)
Goals: Mathew Seamark 3 Conv, Travis Burns 1 Conv
BURLEIGH BEARS 4
Tries: Kurtis Rowe (7m)
Two recent former Premiers go head to head on Sunday and both are currently struggling more than they would have hoped so far in 2017.
Burleigh have registered just the two wins this season, albeit one of those was an impressive win in Townsville. That was back in Round 7 and the defending Premiers have not won since.
Wynnum have one more victory than the Bears heading into the Round 11 clash, but their losing streak is far longer than their opponents. After opening their season with three straight wins, the Seagulls have not won again, and find themselves in the lower reaches of the ladder after flying high early.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite suffering defeat last weekend, Burleigh were gallant in defeat against a Sunshine Coast side who look every bit of replacing them as champions. Burleigh were not far away throughout, and a late Falcons try blew the scoreline out to 24-12. Despite the lack of wins, Burleigh haven’t been too far away in most matches, the 42-6 home defeat to the Hunters on Anzac Day weekend an exception.
The Seagulls had a bye last weekend, and with just a handful of players involved in the Qld Residents team in International week it means most of their players have had a three week break by the time this game comes around.
With the Seagulls averaging 15 points a game in attack, and Burleigh three point less with 12, the battle will be for which side can get that extra try. Burleigh’s 128 points in 10 games is the lowest in the competition, and surprisingly despite the run of defeats Wynnum points conceded per game is actually the fourth best in the Intrust Super Cup. So whichever side can get that last piece of quality could get their side over the line. Teams will look to their NRL experience, Wynnum have Travis Burns and Burleigh Daniel Vidot.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Pat Politoni. The Burleigh hooker was one of key players in the Bears 2016 premiership success, and he was knocking on the door for Titans selection before being one of a long line of Gold Coast based players who were injured early in 2017.
The Burleigh number 9 will be keen to show his quality once again, and given the Titans luck with injuries this season, an NRL call up may only be a week away.
A tough, low scoring game with the Bears winning by 1.
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Henare Wells 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 15. Daniel Vidot 6. Keanu Te Kiri 7. Daniel Schwass 8. Luke Page (c) 9. Pat Politoni 10. Matt White 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Lorenzo Ma’afu 13. Sam Coster 5. Parahi Wilson 14. Tyler Sparkes 16. Hayden Schwass 17. Dylan Kelly
Coach: Jim Lenihan
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Mitchell Buckett 4. Alex Barr 5. Jack Goodsell 6. Mathew Seamark 7. Travis Burns 8. Aaron Rockley 9. Mitch Cronin 10. Mitchell Dodds 11. John Te Reo 12. Mitch Frei (c) 13. Max Elliott 14. Jayden Berrell 15. Salesi Funaki 16. Brendon Gibb 17. Ngarima Pita
Coach: Adam Brideson
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