A relentless Burleigh Bears thumped a disappointing Redcliffe Dolphins 48-0 at Dolphin Stadium to claim their fifth win in a row.
The eight try drubbing was a clinical display from the Bears who gave the Dolphins little opportunities in wet and windy conditions.
Troy Leo crossed for another double to take his season tally out to nine, while Josh Berkers more than filled in for Jesse Arthars at right centre with two tries of his own.
Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan was happy to continue their winning form and put the streak down to a commitment to each player knowing and fulfilling their roles on a weekly basis.
“Since we played Souths Logan, we probably didn’t have the happiest game there, and we’ve been working really hard at breaking down our roles and our jobs,” Lenihan said.
“The win or the loss will always depend on the way we do our jobs out there and at the moment I think we’re identifying what our job is and doing it well.
“Once you start winning a few on the trot it can be really hard to get to that spot again. It was really hard to get to four in a row, now we’re at five in a row and it’s really exciting to see if we can get to six.”
Bears got on the scoreboard early, with Leo enjoying a clear passage to the try line in just the seventh minute.
A set play on the right-hand side of the field led to Hayden Schwass charging over in the 11th, while a Josh Rogers kick and chase took the score out to 18-0 in less than half an hour.
Leo bagged his double in the 35th minute on the end of some beautiful lead up work. Starting on the right-hand side of the field, the Bears fired it to the left edge, before turning it back inside to Kurtis Rowe.
Rowe spotted the space and switched the direction of the play back out towards the left, with Sami Sauiluma tipping it on to Leo who raced away to give the Bears a commanding 24-0 lead at halftime.
If the Dolphins were any chance of mounting a second half comeback, they needed to come out of the sheds firing. Instead, they conceded three tries in seven minutes to completely bow out of the contest.
First, a towering Jamal Fogarty bomb hit the deck and bounced up for Tyronne Roberts-Davis who got the ball to Josh Berkers for his first try in the 41st minute.
On the next possession, Kurtis Rowe slipped through on the right-hand side of the field and gave Roberts-Davis a try of his own.
Jacob Hind shimmied and went straight through on the left to take the lead to 42-0.
The Dolphins managed to stop the bleeding, but never threatened with ball in hand. Some smart dummy half work from Pat Politoni in the 74th minute set up a charging Berkers for his second, with the Bears completing the 48-0 shutout.
Match: Dolphins v Bears
Round 9 -
Venue: Dolphin Stadium, Brisbane
The Bears' fifth win on the trot and seventh win of the season has them firmly entrenched near the top of the competition ladder, while the Dolphins will be soul searching after slumping to their seventh loss of the year.
Earlier in the day, the Hastings Deering Colts continued their own winning form with a 50-6 victory.
The Bears return to action on Saturday May 18 when they travel to Cairns to face Northern Pride.
Match: Pride v Bears
Round 10 -
Venue: Barlow Park, Cairns
The Dolphins will also travel north in Round 10 to take on the Central Queensland Capras on May 19.
Match: Capras v Dolphins
Round 10 -
Venue: Browne Park, Rockhampton