The Burleigh Bears got a timely victory on Saturday afternoon which sees them draw away from their Gold Coast rivals at the bottom of the Intrust Super Cup, and temporarily overtake the Northern Pride too. They also get within one point of their opponents from Saturday too.
The big news in the team line up was the return of Jamal Fogarty, the halfback who was instrumental in the Bears premiership of 2016. He was signed by Parramatta off the back of a brilliant 2016 season, but couldn’t crack the first grade team, a prospect that became harder when Mitchell Moses joined mid season. Eels loss is definitely the Bears gain. A shame that NRL clubs sign so may of the Intrust Super Cup’s best but never give them a chance. Maybe the NRL needs some more teams to give the Jamal Fogarty’s of this world more chances to make the big time.
And you can’t argue about the impact, as the Bears scored five tries to three, and gave themselves a chance to still feature in finals. There were try scoring doubles to a player worth keeping an eye on Troy Leo, and Dallas Wells.
In a similar vein to the Ipswich-Norths game, he sides were matched evenly with a try a piece during the first half, but once the home side scored their second they took control of the game. Burleigh laid on two more tries before the break to lead 16-6, and two further tries after the break to lead 28-6 with 20 minutes to go. Two consolation tries came for Central in the 69th and 77th minutes, but it was too late to stop the Bears who recorded their fourth win of the year.
BURLEIGH BEARS 28
Tries: Troy Leo (8m), Dallas Wells (33m), Troy Leo (36m), Dallas Wells (50m), Connor Broadhurst (60m)
Goals: Jamal Fogarty 4 Conv
CENTRAL CAPRAS 18
Tries: Jack Madden (18m), Vic Halfpenny (68m), Nathan Bassani (76m)
Goals: Marco Delapena 1 Conv, Tony Tumusa 2 Conv
By Dan White
The Bears head home after failing to maul the Magpies to host the Capras who also lost to a rejuvenated Tweed Heads Seagulls. In this basement battle, the Capras are three wins outside finals action and the Bears are more than five. Desperate for a win, this game will be a tough clash.
Last Time Out:
The Capras held a ten-point lead going into the sheds before being overwhelmed by the Tweed. In what was a near perfect second half, the Tweed put on four converted tries and two penalties to blow away the Capras that flattered their final score with a last-minute try.
The Capras difference between the two halves was not significant, it was an improvement in Tweed’s discipline and control that turned the tables in their favour. They completed more sets and gave away half as many penalties than the first stanza. The Capras showed no major differences in both discipline and ball control for the game.
The Bears gave up their penalties and lost control of the ball at the wrong times in play. Late penalties gave the Magpies extended possessions and early lost balls also hurt them when it comes to the amount of tackles and cruelled their time in possession. Their numbers were not that bad, except for possession, but the numbers never tell the entire story.
The three tries the Bears scored should be where they look to build from. Each came from excellent ball control and from pressure in attack. This is a side rebuilding after getting demolished in a series of post Premiership raids that removed both experience and talent from a number of positions. Each week is a gamble on how well they gel together, but their wins have shown promise.
Who to Look Out For:
Last weekend, the Bears Nathaniel Peteru was excellent in a beaten side. The big prop pounded out 166 metres alongside 33 tackles. Making this better, we have his opposing forward Matthew Groat, who used his 54 minutes well with 123 metres to go with his try. These two will look to face off for the majority of the time they are on the field and whomever dominates this battle will go a long way to determining the victors.
How They Will Win:
The Capras need to improve their ball security, they are not a team that commits a high number of penalties but for them to take this game, they need to control the ball and support the runner better. They had six line-breaks last weekend and yet left the field without the win. Improved decision making and not forcing the pass may help them fix this problem.
The Bears are harder to change. They are a side that is not doing the 1%ers well. This shows up in the minor stats like line breaks, missed tackles and the backs not helping out the forwards. A lack of metres from the back five with three of the five barely bothering the statistician shows a need for some on-field leadership and to get them in to assist getting the ball out of trouble. To win, they need to fix this, but this is more between the ears than on the field and not corrected by heroics.
At home you would favour the Bears, but the Capras have proven to be better away from home than hosting this season. The Bears also lost away to the Capras in round three, by three tries to two, but Troy Leo, who did the damage on the scoreboard is now on the bench. Which team will want it more, the bookies are favouring the Bears, but it will be close. Bears by 2.
1. Henare Wells 2. Kurtis Rowe 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 15. Daniel Vidot 6. Dallas Wells 7. Harrison Siejka 8. Matt White 9. Patrick Politoni 10. Nathaniel Peteru 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Lorenzo Ma’afu 13. Sam Coster 5. Troy Leo 14. Jesse Malcolm 16. Darren Griffiths 17. Dylan Kelly
Coach: Jim Lenihan
1. Maipele Morseau 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Matthew Groat 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. Marco Delapena 15. William Cullen 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 12. Guy Williams (c) 16. Jack Kavanagh 17. Phill Nati 14. Tony Tumusa 18. Billy Gilbert 19. Cody Grills
Coach: Kim Williams
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