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Bears ready for test against the season's best so far

After an impressive outing against the Redcliffe Dolphins in Round 9 of Hasting Deering Colts, the Burleigh Bears are chasing another win which the hope will see them snatch top spot on the ladder.

In their last match, the Bears posted 50-6 victory, with Reece Tapine and Jayden Campbell both scoring doubles.

This Saturday’s Round 10 match is set to be an exciting one for the Gold Coast side as they test themselves against the top-of-the-ladder and as yet undefeated Northern Pride.

“We are absolutely looking forward to the game ... it should be a competitive game – it’s a competitive round across the competition,” Bears coach Jamie Mahon said.

“The Pride have the best defensive record in the competition – and we know we will have to match them and be strong defensively as well.”

In the match last week against the Dolphins, the Bears got off to a roaring start Campbell getting across the line in the first nine minutes of play.

Mahon said the start of games had been a focus for his side and one they would maintain.

“A good start is important – it has been all season and against the Pride, a good start will be important again,” he said.

“(For this game), as a team, we have been working hard on completing our sets and making sure our structure and our plays are as executed well.

“They have some lightning quick outside backs ... but there is supposed to be some rain around up there which might take them out of the game.

“We will be aiming to in the middle.”

While they had last weekend off due to the representative round, the Bears have had a strong preparation for the match – with the side getting a solid hit out against some clubmates.

“We had an opposed session with the (Intrust Super) Cup side, which was a high-intensity session and really tested us,” Mahon said.

Elsewhere in Round 10 of the Hastings Deering Colts, the Easts Tigers will host Tweed Seagulls to kick off the weekend’s games. Later that Saturday, the Mustangs take on Wynnum Manly Seagulls, the Norths Devils will be at home against the Mackay Cutters.

On Sunday, the Sunshine Coast Falcons travel to Townsville to take on Blackhawks, the Capras will be at home against the Dolphins and the Magpies take on the Jets Davies Park to conclude the round.