Tigers hunting the challenge of Burleigh

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Although happy with their gutsy win against the Toowoomba Clydesdales last weekend, the Easts Tigers are under no illusions of the challenges that lie ahead.

The Tigers take on the Burleigh Bears in this weekend’s Round 16 FOGS Colts Challenge match and coach Matt Church is hopeful of a win against the top-placed side this Sunday.

Undefeated through 14 rounds, the Bears were held to a 26-26 draw by the Devils last weekend.

“The draw is going to be a reality check for the Bears and I’m not thinking it is going to be an easy task,” Church said.  

“But I do think I have a side capable of matching the top placed side and I am more hopeful than not.”

With a few new players coming into the side throughout the season, the more experienced Tigers have had to fight for their spot and have seen a much better attack overall.

“We have had a very successful Mal Meninga Cup program and have been using a few players for that program,” Church said.

“The players have all been great and have been buying into the culture of the club,” he said.

A win this weekend could potentially see the Tigers move into the top five, but coach Church will be hoping his side are up to the challenge.

“We set out at the start of the year to be within the top five; there are points on offer and the players are driven towards a semi final spot,” he said.     

“The Bears are dominant through the middle and we will be working on tightening that up. We will have to step up to the challenge and will be good to see where we are at.”

Round 16 will kick off on Sunday with the Souths Logan Magpies against the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

Redcliffe Dolphins will host the Ipswich Jets and the Toowoomba Clydesdales play the Wynnum Manly Seagulls to bring the round to a close.

The FOGS Colts match between the Sunshine Coast and Norths Devils will not be played this weekend.