By Kevin Braysher
The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears host their closest rival the Tweed Heads Seagulls at Pizzey Park this Sunday afternoon as part of the Intrust Super Cup’s Rivalry Round.
The local derby is often a physical encounter, and Burleigh’s new backrower Jacob Hind is looking forward to his first taste of the rivalry.
“It’ll be my first time in the grudge match between local rivals, but you don’t have to wait long when it’s Tweed week for the boys to start talking about what it means to them,” he said.
“Obviously there is history there and I’m sure it will be a tight game. They have a very good pack, all across the park they’re stacked with Titans players and quality players so for us, I think we’ve got to get out there, complete and do the little things right.”
Last year the Bears got the better of Tweed in both of their encounters; 32-12 in Round 3 and 34-16 in Round 16.
Confidence will be high in Bears camp on the back of a 42-8 victory over the Jets last weekend, while the Seagulls will be buoyed by back-to-back wins to start their own season.
Plenty of Bears starred in last week’s win; Dylan Phythian, Jesse Arthars and Anthony Don all earned nods in the QRL’s team of the week, while Jack Buchanan led the Burleigh pack with 143 running metres and 31 tackles.
Jai Whitbread was another standout, coming off the bench with 111 running metres, 2 line-breaks and a try.
Anthony Don has earned a recall to the Gold Coast Titans starting side after his two-try performance, but his elevation has allowed for the return of Tyronne Roberts-Davis, who is making his first Intrust Super Cup appearance since suffering a season-ending injury last year.
The Bears are otherwise unchanged and will be looking to replicate the defensive and offensive efforts that were on display in last week’s big win.
Tweed Heads are unbeaten so far this year, with wins over PNG and Townsville to open their season.
Burleigh will take on the Tweed in Mal Meninga Cup at 10.45am, in Hastings Deering Colts at 12.15pm and in the Intrust Super Cup at 2pm. The Intrust Super Cup game will be broadcast live on BearsTV.
Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears
1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Troy Leo 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Jesse Arthars 5 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6 Dylan Phythian 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Buchanan 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Jacob Hind 13 Sam Coster 14 Morgan Boyle 15 Josh Ailaomai 16 Jai Whitbread 17 Jesse Savage
Coach: Jimmy Lenihan