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CURRUMBIN claimed their second big scalp in three weeks by defeating the defending Bycroft Cup premiers Burleigh 12-10 at Galleon Way at the weekend.

In a high quality game of football, the now sixth-placed Eagles went toe-to-toe with a strong Burleigh side that boasted a number of Intrust Super Cup regulars.

The Bears opened the scoring after a 60 minute battle, but the young Currumbin side hit back with consecutive tries to take a 12-6 lead.

Burleigh wouldnt go away though and they scored a try in the corner after the fulltime siren to give the fans a grandstand finish.

But Bears halfback Danny Kerr was unsuccessful in his conversion attempt and the Eagles clinched an important win.

The tough performance by the home side was even more impressive when you consider that they were coming off the back of a 66-0 hiding at the hands of Southport just seven days prior.

It was about keeping things in perspective, Currumbin coach Michael Woods said of backing up after last weeks loss.

We had been playing well for a number of weeks - even though we were on the losing side against teams like Bilambil and Southport we had been playing good football for a while.

Unfortunately we didnt do a lot of things right last week and then there is the quality of Southport.

Basically we needed to keep that performance in perspective with the bigger picture and then keep focusing on the things weve been working on without losing faith in that.

The two-point win means the Eagles are now within striking distance of a semi finals berth; just three points adrift of fifth-placed Cudgen.

With a good run home three of their last four games are against teams outside the top four Currumbin are well and truly in with a chance, but Woods said his men wont be thinking about the semi finals just yet.

Instead he wants his side to keep focusing on the processes they have put in place this year and keep focussing on improving week-to-week.

From my point of view, the fact that we stayed in there for such a long period of time in such a high quality game of football was the most pleasing thing, Woods said.

We were consistent for the full 80 minutes. Our completions were good, we defended very, very well.

If were working hard at improving weve got to keep working on the things weve put in place.

Eagles halfback Cory Gerhardt picked up players player for his stand out performance.

In other Bycroft Cup games played this weekend the Southport Tigers and Bilambil Jets played out a thrilling 18-18 draw while Tugun bounced back from consecutive losses with an emphatic 42-20 win over Runaway Bay.

CURRUMBIN EAGLES 12 (M Grundy, J Whitely tries C Gerhardt 2 goals) def BURLEIGH BEARS 10 (E Mafi, L Mitchell tries D Kerr goal) at Galleon Way
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