Bears claw back in high quality trial

Saavanah Bourke

Saturday nights clash between the UAA Burleigh Bears and Tweed Heads Seagulls gave Intrust Super Cup players an insight into just how fast a game of NRL is.

The combination of 14 full time Gold Coast Titans players spread across both sides, plus the new six again rule, made for a high quality, fast paced trial at Pizzey Park.

An impressive first half performance from the Seagulls had the Bears trailing 12-6 into the break, but two second half tries within a 10 minute time frame from Bears winger Andre Niko sealed the deal for their 22-18 victory.

The Bears started just as good as they finished, centre Troy Leo opening the scoring in the 21st minute of play.

It wasn’t long before the Seagulls fought back, a break down the field and a pass out to winger Ryland Jacobs saw them even the score.

An unforced error from the Bears was all the momentum Seagulls playmaker Toby Sexton needed, finding his way under the posts as the half time hooter sounded. 

The start of the second half saw the Seagulls waste no time extending the lead with new Titans recruit Herman Ese’ese making his way over the line.

It wasn’t long before the Bears clawed their way back from a 12 point deficit, winger Andre Niko scoring a double and evening up the score with 20 minutes remaining.

It wasn’t the only double of the night, Bears winger Troy Leo finding the line again, just two minutes before full time, securing the hard fought victory.

For Bears captain Luke Page, having six Titans players named among his side was the perfect advantage heading into Round 1.

“That was as good as any games going to get,” Page said.

“To have that game as a trial and see where we are at before Round one is great.”

Which is now less than two weeks away, as the Bears roster begins to mould into place.

“The injection of those quality players definitely helps our side if we can get them back over the next couple of weeks,” Bears coach Rick Stone said.

“If they continue to gel and spend some time with the boys it will be beneficial for everyone.”

The Intrust Super Cup season kicks off for the Bears on Sunday March 21, against Souths Logan Magpies at Davies Park.

Burleigh Bears 22 (Troy Leo 2, Andre Niko 2 tries; Josh Rogers 3 goals) def Tweed Heads Seagulls 18 (Ryland Jacobs, Toby Sexton, Herman Ese’ese tries; Toby Sexton 3 goals)

A Grade Burleigh 34 def Tweed 18

Colts Burleigh 36 def Tweed 28

Women Burleigh 16 def Tweed 8

Mal Meninga Cup Burleigh 38 def Souths Logan 28

Cyril Connell Cup Souths Logan 38 def Burleigh 8

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