Bears look to put boot into Devils

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will be hoping to defeat the Norths Devils for the first time since 2016 in their Round 14 clash at Pizzey Park this Saturday.

The Devils have had the wood on Burleigh in recent years, winning their last four encounters including a 28-22 win back in Round 1.

Burleigh defeated Norths twice back in 2016 but have been unable to crack the Devils in the two and a half seasons since.

The good news for Burleigh fans is that the Bears are in excellent shape right now, with eight wins in their last nine games including a dominant 36-4 win over Easts Tigers last weekend.

Troy Leo’s breakout year continued with three more tries, while Kurtis Rowe produced two try-assists and 235 running metres in arguably his best game of the year.

Luke Page was named man of the match with 169 running metres and 23 tackles, while his front-row partner Jack Buchanan also put up huge numbers with 164 running metres and 28 tackles.

Coach Jimmy Lenihan will be looking for similar output this week against a Devils side who have steadily marched up the ladder with seven wins in their last nine games. They currently sit in fourth, just one win behind the Bears in third.

Burleigh’s outstanding for-and-against (currently at +269) means they cannot drop any lower regardless of the result, but with Wynnum and Sunshine Coast facing off on Sunday, a Burleigh win could see them push back into second place.

Intrust Super Cup Round 14

Burleigh Bears v Norths Devil – Saturday June 15 at Pizzey Park, 4pm

Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears

1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Troy Leo 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Brenko Lee 5 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6 Dylan Phythian 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Buchanan 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Jacob Hind 13 Sam Coster 14 Jeff Lynch 15 Josh Rogers 16 Josh Ailaomai 17 Oliver Percy

Coach: Jimmy Lenihan fff

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