THE “I love Coffee” Burleigh Bears have held on to defeat the Mackay Cutters 22-14 in slippery conditions at Pizzey Park.
In a nail biting contest that went down to the very last play the Bears managed to defend their line gallantly in the dying stages while Mackay failed to capitalise on their chances.
“There have been times this year, and last year, where we wouldn’t have won that game,” Bears coach Carl Briggs said.
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“It was a great test of character and I think we’ve turned a corner with that performance.
“We just knew if we completed our sets and played the game in Mackay’s 20 we’d have a chance. The boys knew they had to front up defensively and they did.
“I don’t know how many sets Mackay had on our line or in our 20, but that’s an area of our game that I’ve been critical of recently, and in the last few weeks there’s been a marked improvement.”
Burleigh got away to a flying start when Matt Keating, who was a big contributor in his first game since round four, put a deft grubber kick into the in goal leading to a Henare Wells try.
The Cutters hit back soon after through Curtis Rona who beat several defenders on his way to the line in the 9th minute while a Bears error seven minutes later gifted a try to Chris Ulugia.
Neither try was converted but a barnstorming run by Glenn Hall, in which he ran over the top of three Burleigh defenders, saw the visitors stretch their lead to eight points.
On the stroke of halftime Ryley Jacks, playing in his third Intrust Super Cup game for the Bears, crossed from close range to cut the margin to just four at the break.
Original article by: Kevin Braysher, To read more head to http://www.burleighbears.com.au.
BURLEIGH BEARS 22 (Henare Wells, Ryley Jacks, Matt Keating, Nafe Seluini tries Khan Ahwang 3 goals) def MACKAY CUTTERS 14 (Curtis Rona, Chris Ulugia, Glenn Hall tries Liam Taylor goal) at Pizzey Park.