The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will finish their regular season when they travel to Browne Park to face the Central Queensland Capras this Saturday.
With finals looming, the Bears still have an opportunity to move into second place and book two home semi-finals, but also risk dropping to fourth if they don’t get the job done on Saturday.
Currently the Bears are in third place, but a win could see them move back into second place if the Devils can also defeat Wynnum Manly on Sunday.
Conversely, a Bears loss will see them slip to fourth if Townsville defeat the Easts Tigers on Saturday. That scenario would see the Bears face the Falcons on the Sunshine Coast in the first week of the finals.
Speaking after Burleigh’s 20-14 loss at the hands of the Sunshine Coast last weekend, coach Jimmy Lenihan said he was hoping for the same kind of physical and mental application this weekend against a Capras team the Bears have struggled with at times in recent years.
“We’ve still got to go to Rocky and win a game to make sure we finish second or third,” he said. “I just want to see exactly what we did (against the Falcons). I want to see consistency in our effort to keep playing football tough.”
While the Bears were impressive in defeat against the Falcons last Sunday, they were left reeling with Jack Buchanan, Jeff Lynch and Troy Leo all suffering injuries.
They’ve also lost Sami Sauiluma to a one-game suspension, with Dylan Kelly making his return to the Intrust Super Cup in the centres.
Kurtis Rowe makes his return from injury and reclaims his fullback jersey with Dylan Phythian moving to the wing vacated by the injured Leo.
Oliver Percy will move into the starting side to replace Buchanan with Api Noema and Josh Ailaomai returning to the side on the bench.
Central Queensland Capras will finish with the wooden spoon regardless of Saturday’s result having not tasted victory since beating the Magpies back in Round 1. Burleigh defeated the Capras 34-12 when they last met in Round 11.
Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears v Central Queensland Capras – Intrust Super Cup Round 23
Saturday August 31 at Browne Park, 6pm
1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Dylan Phythian 3 Dylan Kelly 4 Josh Berkers 5 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6 Conner Toia 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Oliver Percy 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Blake Leary 13 Sam Coster 14 Matthew Robinson 15 Tanah Boyd 16 Josh Ailaomai 17 Api Noema
Coach: Jimmy Lenihan