The Bears continued their late season revival with a 38-22 win over the Wynnum Seagulls in the Round 22 TV game. Three tries to winger Troy Leo and a double to fullback Kurtis Rowe were the headlines from a game in which the Bears outscored the Seagulls seven tries to four.
Despite the overall tally of tries going against them, and the fact Burliegh skipped ahead 10-0 early with two tries to Troy Leo, Wynnum did hit the front early in the second half when their skipper Mitch Frei scored the second of his double just a few minutes after the break.
That 16-14 score line was the last time the home side were in front for the afternoon as Burleigh scored the next four tries over 20 minutes to comfortably lead 38-16, and a last minute Seagulls try was purely consolation.
Neither side can now make the finals, and so it is all about momentum for next season. With Burleigh now 6 wins from eight, and having Jamal Fogarty back, it looks like a better 2018 ahead next season.
BURLEIGH BEARS 38
Tries: Troy Leo (4m), Troy Leo (14m), Henare Wells (24m), Kurtis Rowe (50m), Sami Sauiluma (54m), Kurtis Rowe (67m), Troy Leo (72m)
Goals: Jamal Fogarty 5/7 Conv
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 22
Tries: Mitch Frei (18m), Stedman Lefau (37m), Mitch Frei (43m), Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard (79m)
Goals: Shaun Nona 3/4 Conv
Wynnum welcome the Burleigh Bears for Sunday afternoon’s TV game, and the Bears are currently on the competition’s longest winning streak with three games, and have won 5 of their past seven games. Amongst those wins were defeats of the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Townsville Blackhawks, just a shame the Bears season took too long to get going.
Wynnum are two points in front of Burleigh, but they got the result they wanted last weekend by defeating local rivals Easts Tigers 22-6. They have now beaten two top 4 sides in the last three rounds after sneaking home at Redcliffe three rounds ago.
Both are unlikely to make the finals, but have plenty to build on for next season. Shaun Nona’s late season arrival needs to be a permanent fixture if Wynnum want to challenge seriously in 2018. The Bears just need fewer injuries and a better start to the season.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Jeriah Goodrich 4. William Brimson 5. Jack Goodsell 6. Shaun Nona 7. Travis Burns 8. Aaron Rockley 9. Mitch Cronin 10. Stedman Lefau 11. Salesi Funaki 12. Alex Barr 13. Mitch Frei (c) 14. Jayden Berrell 15. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 16. Billy Solah 17. Tanu Wulf
Coach: Adam Brideson
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Henare Wells 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Troy Leo 6. Dallas Wells 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Luke Page 9. Christopher Law 10. Matt White 11. Dylan Kelly 12. Hayden Schwass 13. Sam Coster 14. Ricardo Parata 15. Jamie Dowling 16. Darren Griffiths 17. Lorenzo Ma’afu
Coach: Jim Lenihan
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