The Burleigh Bears gave the rest of the competition something to think about as they thrashed the Ipswich Jets 44-0 in a one sides clash at Pizzey Park on Sunday afternoon.
A treble to winger Jake Carl, including a length of the field intercept try which summed up both teams day, and a double to Daniel Vidot were the scoring highlights on a day where the Bears ran in eight unanswered tries against the 2015 premiers.
Bears hooker Pat Politoni was named man of the match, and was outstanding as he has been since returning from injury, despite being on the bench for the Titans on Friday night but not used.
The Bears will need to win just about every game to make the finals from here, but after their performance against Ipswich and with a few players returning, only a fool would completely rule them yet. Ipswich losing means the gap between them in 7th and 6th increases to 4 points.
BURLEIGH BEARS 44
Tries: Dylan Kelly (12m), Jake Carl (17m), Jake Carl (20m), Daniel Vidot (25m), Harry Seijka (58m), Jake Carl (58m), Daniel Vidot (64m), Christopher Law (77m)
Goals: Connor Broadhurst 6/8 Conv
IPSWICH JETS 0
The two most recent premiers meet at Pizzey Park and the Bears are following the path of the Jets as they struggle to back up after their premiership.
Ipswich are going the better of the two sides currently, sitting just outside the top 6 and have won six of the last 8 games, and those two losses have come against the current top two sides. They don’t have the added bonus of Ben Hunt like their previous game in Round 14 against Norths, but their side is still very capable of beating the Bears.
Burleigh are on four wins for 2017 with their Gold Coast rivals Tweed Heads and lie second last on the ladder. They did Jamal Fogarty back last round, the halfback who led them to the 2016 title and a win against Central last round, but his graduation to the Titans has seen them lose a key player.
It will be great to see the Jets and their ad lib style of rugby league back on TV on Sunday afternoon.
2017 result – Ipswich 18 Burleigh 12
1. Henare Wells 2. Kurtis Rowe 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Troy Leo 6. Dallas Wells 7. Harrison Siejka 8. Luke Page 9. Christopher Law 10. Matt White 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Dylan Kelly 13. Sam Coster 14. Lorenzo Ma’afu 15. Hayden Schwass 16. Darren Griffiths 17. Jes Malcolm
Coach: Jim Lenihan
1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 13. Marion Seve 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Mitch Carpenter 9. Luke Capewell 10. Nat Neale 21. Jesse Roberts 12. Seb Pandia 22. Tyson Lofipo 3. Ben White 11. Sam Martin 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 17. Josh Seage
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
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