Bears strive for improvement in local derby clash

Saavanah Bourke

The UAA Burleigh Bears will have to ‘rise to the occasion’ if they have any chance of taking down a strong Tweed Heads Seagulls in this Saturday’s Rivalry Round.

Coming off last week’s 50 to 10 defeat, Bears coach Rick Stone said it’s not the most ideal preparation.

“I’m pretty embarrassed about the whole thing to be honest,” Stone said.

“It was a game where if anything was going to go wrong, it did.

“It’s about dusting ourselves off now and getting ready for an important game this week.”

The Seagulls are currently sitting 5th on the ladder, with several Titans players named to bolster their side.

“They have a really strong pack of forwards. That will be our first job to try and stop their momentum.”

That starts with young halfback Toby Sexton, and fullback Jayden Campbell.

“They have a lot of good players but those two have a big influence over what they do in attack.”

But if Stone is striving for anything this weekend, it’s improvement in his own team.

“A response from what we did and what we didn’t do in last weeks game is really important for us.

“I want to see genuine intent and desire out there on the field.

“Those boys have got a bit of a challenge in front of them. It’s not unusual to get challenged at this level but the bottom line is every individual has got to do their job.

Kick off is at 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon at Piggabeen Oval.

Hastings Deering Colts kick off at 1.30pm

BHP Premiership kick off at 12.00pm

Austwide Mal Meninga Cup kick off at 10.30am

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