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Intrust Super Cup preview – Easts Tigers vs Burleigh Bears

This week the Easts Tigers face the unenviable task of meeting a rampaging Burleigh Bears at their home ground Pizzey Park. The Bears are fresh from a very impressive 32-18 away win over Redcliffe, which gives them three wins in a row, following wins over the Falcons (28-12) and the Pride 18-12. The Tigers are in good form as well though, following their 52-0 Easter Sunday demolition of a hapless Souths Logan Magpes.

The Bears recruited very well in the off season and have all of the pieces in place to build a formidable team. Tyler Chadburn is an exciting young fullback with a nose for the tryline who has scored in four successive games.  Last weekend’s effort showed his raw pace as he dashed 50m to finish off a Nafe Seluini break. Seluini is an experienced NRL player and a former Junior Kiwi who no doubt still holds aspirations for a return to the top level. The Tigers markers will need to be alert to Seluini who very adept at the quick dash from dummy half.

In the halves Todd Seymour (back from a year off playing) and former Easts junior Ryley Jacks are starting to bring together a nice partnership. They are both multi-talented halves who possess dangerous kicking and passing games.

The Bears are boosted in the backline by the addition of flamboyant Titans flyer Kevin Gordon, who is an experienced NRL try scoring machine. He scored two tries against Redcliffe and will want to put on a show for the home crowd.

The Bears forward pack is nothing short of formidable. Jason Chan is one of the most experienced players to join the Intrust Super Cup in some time; he has played 133 English Super League games as well as 8 tests for Papua New Guinea over two World Cup campaigns. He no doubt see’s the Bears as a chance to add an Intrust Super Cup crown to his already impressive footballing CV. Joining in the pack is former Tweed Heads prop Pele Peletelese, rugged captain Darren Griffiths and 2 metre tall 110kg prop Mitch Sharp.

The Bears are known for springing late changes to their squad so do not be surprised to see Titans fringe players included on the day.

In his second stint with the club Coach Jim Lenihan has his team primed for a finals appearance.

Tigers Coach Craig Ingebrigsten has named a very similar team to the one that accounted for the Magpies last round; with only Shane Neumann and Darren Britt out. Eddie Tautali comes in and Donald Malone takes Neumann’s spot in the centres. However with uncertainly surrounding the Melbourne Storm line up for this weekend there may yet be late changes to the named line up. Exciting fullback Eddie Tautali makes his long awaited return to Intrust Super Cup football, he is a naturally gifted footballer with speed and agile footwork and all Tigers fans will be wishing him well for his return.

The only change in the forward pack see’s Ash Little on to the bench in place of Dean Britt and it is in the forwards where Sunday’s battle will likely be decided.

The Bears will certainly represent the Tigers toughest challenge of season 2015 to date thought it is a challenge the Tigers are bound to be up for.

Burleigh Bears v Easts Tigers at Pizzey Park on Sunday, April 12 – 2pm

 

Burleigh Bears: 1. Tyler Chadburn 2. Zach Mackay 3. Jamie Dowling 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Kevin Gordon 6. Todd Seymour 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Mitch Sharp 9. Nafe Seluini 10. Pele Peletelese 11. Ayden Lee 12. Jason Chan 13. Darren Griffiths (c) 14. Tom Rowles 15. Louis Fanene 16. Josh Ailaomai 19. Kyle McConnell

Coach: Jimmy Lenihan

 

Easts Tigers: 1. Eddie Tautali 2. Richie Kennar 3. Donald Malone 4. Cameron Munster 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 7. Joel Romelo 8. Christian Welch 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matt Zgrajewski 16. Foisa Peni 17. Liam Tyson 18. Ashley Little

Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen

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