Bears show promise in local derby defeat

Saavanah Bourke

Despite another disappointing loss for the UAA Burleigh Bears, coach Rick Stone says there was ‘plenty to like’ in their 16-12 defeat against the Tweed Heads Seagulls on Saturday.

“To win games you need a combination of execution, commitment and composure, and that’s something we obviously didn’t bring quite enough of.”

Coming off the back of a huge loss a week prior, this week Stone was looking for a response from his team, something they did ‘in spades’ on Saturday afternoon at Piggabeen Sports Complex.

“The effort, desire and commitment from 1 to 17 was great, and a massive improvement on last week” he said.

Trailing the Seagulls 4 nil at half time, the Bears came out in the second half firing, scoring two tries within 10 minutes.

But the Seagulls fought back harder, scoring consecutive tries, seeing them snatch the two competition points.

“Some things we did in the final minutes didn’t help us,” Stone said.

“There was a couple of opportunities for us to take it, but we couldn’t quite manage it.”

While the Bears might have just missed the mark in their performance, Stone says it’s a step in the right direction.

“We’ve definitely taken a couple of steps forward. There was plenty of character and everything your looking for from your footy was there, the only thing we were missing was bit of polish.”

The Bears are currently idling at 12th on the ladder, but a cool and collected Stone said he’s not worried.

“If we turn up and give that type of effort and commitment for the full 80 minutes every week things will start happening for us.”

The Bears will be looking to secure their second win of the season against in this weekend’s Anzac Day clash at Pizzey Park against the PNG Hunters.

“Traditionally, that’s always a big game for us,” Stone said.

Having only lost one game this season, Stone said they’ll come with plenty of confidence.

“They’ll be ready for it, but we’ll be ready too.

“If we can fine tune our execution and combine that with what we did on the weekend against Tweed, we’ll take the two points.”

Meanwhile, the Bears women showed promise in the second round of the BHP premiership, finding victory against the Seagulls 34-10 and securing back-to-back wins.

“Having a tough hit out against the Seagulls was something we needed after coming off a big win last week,” coach Tahnee Norris said.

“It was good to make sure our defence was up to scratch and I’m pretty happy with how they played.”

For Norris, Bears forward Tazmin Gray was the standout.

“She really dominated the right side of the field,” Norris said.

“Taz always dominates defensively, but the way she carried the ball was outstanding for us.”

The Bears next test will be against the Central Queensland Capras at home on Sunday at 12.25pm.

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