By Kevin Braysher
The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears look to keep their winning streak alive against the Central Queensland Capras this Saturday afternoon at Pizzey Park.
Burleigh have been in red-hot form, winning six games in a row and their last three by a combined total of 147-4.
Currently they sit second on the Intrust Super Cup ladder with only the unbeaten Sunshine Coast Seagulls ahead of them.
While their attack has been grabbing the headlines, the real secret has been that Burleigh’s defence has been the competition’s best this year.
The Bears have not conceded a point in 189 minutes of football across their last three games.
“We’re really simplifying things at the moment,” Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said. “We’re not getting big scores on the back of individual brilliance, a lot of it is coming from the small one-per-cent efforts that are done in our defence and that keeps pathing the way for us to have opportunities.
“I think it’s important to keep reminding us that it is our effort in defence that gives us our points.
“We’ve had a really good go of it the last couple of weeks, but we’ve got a lot to work on and we have a really big month coming up in front of us playing Sunny Coast who are yet to be beaten and Easts Tigers who are going really well as well.”
Lenihan has named an unchanged 17 to take on the Capras at home this Saturday afternoon, with Dylan Phythian again named to come off the bench after making a successful return from injury last week.
The Capras have struggled in 2019 and have lost their last nine games, but they do have a history of upsetting the Bears.
Since 2013, the Bears and Capras have met on 12 occasions with honours shared at six wins a piece.
“Capras are one of those sides that just bites us in the bum all the time,” Lenihan said.
“Whether we’re up top or they’re up top and we’re down the bottom, it doesn’t seem to matter; we always struggle against the Capras. They’re generally a big middle team that punch forward hard.
“The good thing is we’re at home and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to try and get another win.”
Kick-off between the Bears and Capras is at 4pm this Saturday afternoon at Pizzey. The game will be livestreamed on BearsTV.
The game will be proceeded by the Hastings Deering Colts clash at 2.15pm. The Colts are also in hot form, sitting at the top of the competition ladder on the back of five straight wins.
Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears
1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Troy Leo 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Brenko Lee 5 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6 Josh Rogers 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Buchanan 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Jacob Hind 13 Sam Coster 14 Dylan Phythian 15 Josh Ailaomai 17 Jeff Lynch 18 Darius Farmer
Coach: Jimmy Lenihan