By Kevin Braysher
Refreshed after a weekend off, the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will be gunning for their sixth win on-the-trot when they travel to Cairns to take on the Northern Pride this Saturday.
Burleigh’s run of form has seen them move all the up to second spot on the ladder, with the competition’s best defensive record and second-best attacking numbers.
Their last outing was a dominant 48-0 win over the Redcliffe Dolphins a fortnight ago, which included eight converted tries.
Jacob Hind was a standout on the day, with 148 running metres, two tackles breaks, a line break and a try in an 80-minute performance on the left edge.
Josh Berkers was a late inclusion when Brenko Lee and Jesse Arthars became unavailable but slipped straight back in with 128 running metres and two tries, while the ever-reliable Sam Coster had a game high 43 tackles and zero misses.
The Bears had some well-earned rest last weekend, as the competition took a bye for representative fixtures.
They return to the field this week when they take on a Northern Pride outfit who will be desperate to turn around their recent run of form.
The Pride started the season with back-to-back wins but haven’t won a game since, slumping to seven consecutive defeats.
Coach Jimmy Lenihan has named an unchanged side and Burleigh should start favourites given the form guide, but with a long trip north and against a desperate opposition there is no question how dangerous this game will be for the Bears.
Kick-off between the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears and the Northern Pride is 6pm this Sunday evening at Barlow Park.
Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears
1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Troy Leo 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Josh Berkers 5 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6 Josh Rogers 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Stockwell 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Jacob Hind 13 Sam Coster 14 Jeff Lynch 15 Josh Ailaomai 16 Jack Buchanan 17 Matt Robinson
Coach: Jimmy Lenihan