By Kevin Braysher
The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears return to action this Saturday night when they travel to North Ipswich Reserve to take on the Jets.
After enjoying a week off while representative round took centre stage, the Bears are back as they look to solidify second place and keep pace with the competition leading Sunshine Coast.
This Saturday they are on the road taking on the ever-unpredictable Ipswich Jets, a club the Bears have an excellent record against in recent years.
Burleigh has won eight of the last nine games played between the two clubs dating all the way back to 2014 and last time these sides met the Bears cruised to a 42-8 win back in Round 2.
Coach Jimmy Lenihan has named an unchanged 17, but Titans recruit Tanah Boyd is expected to make his first Cup appearance for the Bears via the bench.
The Bears are currently in second place thanks to 11 wins from the first 14 games of the season.
Their most recent win was a fortnight ago when they notched a gritty 26-12 victory over the Norths Devils.
Josh Rogers was the hero that day, scoring the pivotal try in the 65th minute, but the game was dominated by a tough forwards battle.
Jacob Hind continued his excellent season by leading the way with 131 running metres, while Pat Politoni and Hayden Schwass were the defensive workhorses with 41 and 38 tackles respectively.
With just nine games left before semi-finals, the Bears have built an exceptional foundation but need to keep winning to keep pace with the Sunshine Coast Falcons and hopefully secure a top-two finish.
Intrust Super Cup Round 15
Burleigh Bears v Ipswich Jets – Saturday June 29 at North Ipswich Reserve
Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears
1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Troy Leo 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Josh Berkers 5 Phillip Sami 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 Josh Rogers 15 Josh Ailaomai 17 Jeff Lynch 19 Oliver Percy