Rogers eager to ‘step up’ in injury crisis

Saavanah Bourke

It’s been a disjointed week for the UAA Burleigh Bears, with a significant injury toll forcing a sudden restructure. 

Sunday’s test against the North Devils is not only a chance for developing players to step in, but for current player to step up.

And despite multiple team changes, Bears five-eight Josh Rogers is rising to the challenge.

With injury ruling out Guy Hamilton’s season, Conner Toia will pair Rogers in the halves.

“With Hamo (Guy Hamilton) out I need to stand up and lead the team,” Rogers said.

“Toia and I have played together in the past so now it’s just about reforming those combinations.

“Those boys who are coming through from A-grade have been playing really well and I think they deserve the call up,” Rogers said.

Still on a high after defeating Papa New Guinea on Anzac Day, Rogers is eager to continue that momentum.

“With no men on the bench and only two errors in the second half of that game we showed what we are capable of as a team,” he said.

Having only loss one game this season, the Devils are in top form, but the Bears are up for the challenge despite their injury woes.

“We know that they (Devils) are a very good side.

“Our focus this week is to control the ball and reduce errors,” he said.

“If we do that, we can get the result.”

Kick off from Bishop Park is at 3pm this Sunday.

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