By Kevin Braysher
BURLEIGH’S four game unbeaten run came to end on Saturday, going down 19-18 to the Central Queensland Capras at Browne Park.
Three wins and a draw in consecutive weeks had seen the I Love Coffee Burleigh Bears march up the competition ladder, but Saturday’s loss to the 12th placed Capras has slowed their momentum a little bit, leaving them in 7th spot, two wins outside the five with eight games remaining.
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“We were very disappointing,” Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said.
“I think the biggest disappointment was, having so much success just recently, I think we probably got a little bit ahead of ourselves. Once you’re off a little bit in this competition you can get beaten at any time.
“We probably didn’t start the game with the right intensity. We fought back well in the second half, but you can’t give away a big head start and expect to run it down.”
The Capras scored the first three tries of the game before Burleigh hit back with tries to Paul Carter and Tyler Chadburn either side of halftime to draw level.
Central Queensland pulled away with a converted try only for the Bears to again draw level this time through a Conner Toia try.
But the Bears couldn’t get the go-ahead play; instead it was Capras five-eighth Ian Webster who slotted the match winning field goal in the final minute.
Lenihan said while he is disappointed to walk away empty handed this is an opportunity for his side to learn and grow into a better team.
“For us to get to the next level we need to be far more consistent with our approach to the game every week,” he said.
“Whilst we have a fair few experienced blokes we’ve also got a lot of young blokes in the side so hopefully going through the experience resolves us to being a better side next time we come into that situation.
“At the end of the day we were good enough to win that game on the weekend and we should have won that game on the weekend regardless of all the changes that we had, we just didn’t come up with a real good mental approach to it.”
The Intrust Super Cup goes on break this coming weekend, with Burleigh’s next game not until July 13. That day the Bears will be in Mackay to take on the defending premiers.
“That’s a massive, danger game for us. It’s really a game that will form our season I think,” Lenihan said.
“Considering the last five or six weeks, where we’ve been and where we’ve gotten to, we’ve done a really good job. Unfortunately we missed a chance to really consolidate ourselves up with the top, now we’ve got to keep fighting tooth and nail for everything week-to-week.
“Certainly everything is still in our favour to have a good season, we’ve just got to take our opportunities when they come and on the weekend we weren’t able to do that.”
In other results the Burleigh Colts side thrashed Toowoomba 68-12 while the A-Grade side also enjoyed a massive win; 74-6 over Cudgen.
In the Bycroft Cup Burleigh defeated Cudgen in all 3 grades. The win in A Grade keeps Burleigh at the top of the ladder.
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND CAPRAS 19 def BURLEIGH BEARS 18 (Conner Toia, Tyler Chadburn, Paul Carter tries Khan Ahwang 3 goals)