If you’re going to storm into a bear's lair you better have a plan.
The Burleigh Bears welcomed Mackay Cutters to their lair on the Gold Coast, hunting for their 13th home win at Pizzy Park in the last 14 games.
The Bears started the round in third on five wins and the Cutters ninth on three wins.
The game started with both teams forcing each other to be accountable in defence with the game going end-to-end and a try looking likely.
The Bears and Cutters were turned away and forced repeat sets keeping the pressure on. The Bears knew the value of points on a wet night.
The Cutters were penalised right in front and the Bears’ Josh Rogers added two more points to his Hostplus Cup tally of 272 career points.
The Bears weren’t content to go up in twos and took the four points next time they went down there in good attacking area.
Rogers went right and found rampaging fullback Taine Tuaupiki to slam it down and score his fourth try this season; 8-0 was a good lead after 15 minutes.
Next it was Alofiana Khan-Pereira on the end of a classic Bears set that wove its way upfield until a short kick could be pounced on by Khan-Pereira, who took the Bears lead out to 12 points.
Cutters got their own momentum on the scoreboard and came back two minutes later when another short kick found Andre Niko and he had his third try for 2022.
Bears stalked their prey and sliced again at the Cutters with another two points right on half-time and a 14-6 lead.
Match: Bears v Cutters
Round 8 -
Venue: Pizzey Park, Gold Coast
The Cutters were wounded but not dead yet and they came out and scored the first points of the second half. The Cutters clawed away at the Bears' lead and took two points when it was on offer, Brandon Finnegan added two points and the lead was becoming shorter for Mackay.
Enter Bears champion centre Sami Sauiluma.
It was left up to Sauiluma to run a great line on the left side and he scored in the corner for try number 56 for the Bears.
Rogers chalked up another two points and his eight-point haul landed him in the Bears top five points’ scorers with 279 points, knocking Kurtis Rowe to sixth place.
Khan-Pereira scored his second try minutes later when the Cutters kick was fielded on his own line and he took off upfield and scoring 100 metres later with what will be close to the best individual try of the season.
Jacob Alick finished the Cutters off and scored his fourth try this season that got the Bears a great round eight win and their third win in a row.
The Bears will face Central Queensland Capras in Round 9.
Match: Capras v Bears
Round 9 -
Venue: McIndoe Park, Emerald
The Cutters will take on Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
Match: Cutters v WM Seagulls
Round 9 -
Venue: BB Print Stadium, Mackay