The Burleigh Bears will be coming home empty handed, after a stunning loss to the Newtown Jets at the State Championships.
In the match played prior to the NRL Grand Final, the Bears looked poised to take the title home.
Though a late comeback from the Jets said otherwise, after they put through four tries in the second half to take the win 20-16.
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It was looking good early for the Bears, who put 16 on the board before halftime, leading the Jets by 14 points.
The late get-back saw Newtown claim the championship, marking the fourth year in a row it’s gone to a NSW team.
Jets prop Toby Rudolf was named Man of the Match.
Despite the shock loss, Bears’ coach Jim Lenihan says he’s extremely proud of the team.
“It certainly stung – to get to the last couple of seconds of the game – it was a good bounce for them, bad bounce for us… which gave them a try.
“Certainly very proud of our guys.
“We toughed it out really well, though the last 20 minutes, fatigue set in… and we sort of got a little bit lost without Pat.
“We nearly scraped away with it, we just couldn’t get it over the line.
“We pride ourselves on being a tough football team and i think at least at the end of the day, we did that,” Lenihan said post-match.
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