UAA Bears cut through Mackay for first win of the season

Saavanah Bourke

The Burleigh Bears have claimed their first two points of the 2021 season after downing the Mackay Cutters in Saturday’s 28-14 victory at Pizzey Park.

Coming off a disappointing loss against Souths Logan a week earlier, Bears coach Rick Stone said he was impressed by his sides ‘significant’ improvement.

“Overall I’m really happy,” Stone said.

“We defended a lot better and put some more structure into our attack.

“We probably let a few soft tries in and there was a lack of concentration in some areas, but we were significantly better than last week.”

Credit to the Cutters for delivering a strong 80 minutes of rugby league.

“They were a good and tidy side,” said Stone.

“They kept coming and performed really well under the hot conditions.”

The Easter weekend off will allow the Bears some time to recover ahead of their Round 3 clash against the Brisbane Tigers.

“The goal now is to keep building on what we’ve done so far and progress from there.”

With the first game cobwebs now brushed off, the Bears turn their focus to building momentum and winning games.

“The year off probably highlighted the quality of the competition and the quality of players who are in it,” Bears centre Josh Berkers said.

“We’ve got enough talent in the team to score tries, it’s all about doing the little things now to win games.”

The clash against the Tigers is set for Sunday, April 11 at Brisbane’s Totally Workwear Stadium.

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