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Round 4 Saturday wrap: Bears and Pride snatch tight victories in fierce XXXX Rivalry Round

The Burleigh Bears remain undefeated in season 2023, after snatching a last-minute victory in a thrilling XXXX Rivalry Round clash with Tweed Seagulls.

The two Gold Coast teams wrote another exciting chapter in their long and fierce history, after a penalty goal to Tom Steadman in the dying seconds saw Burleigh walk away from Piggabeen with a 14-12 win.

Burleigh's match-winning conversion came just six minutes after Tweed halfback Toby Sexton kicked a penalty goal for his side, which drew the match at 12-12.

It was a very tense and fiery finish, and the loyal Tweed crowd certainly did what they could to try to distract Steadman as he clinched the two points.

But the five-eighth - in his first season at Burleigh - said those are the kind of moments he plays for.

"They’re the responsibilities you take on doing goal kicking and what not," he said.

"They’re the moments you want. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking but you love them and when they pay off, they’re even better.

"I heard every bit of (the crowd). I know a few of the boys in the Tweed side so I could hear them trying to give it to me as well but you have to try to block it out."

Steadman said he'd heard a lot about the Burleigh and Tweed rivalry in the week leading up to the match, but now after playing in the close clash, he fully appreciated exactly how intense it was.

"It was a tough game." he said.

"Obviously everyone knows Tweed and Burleigh have that rivalry. It’s my first year at Burleigh and I can feel it already, the hatred between the two clubs.

"We all knew it was going to be physical and that’s exactly what it was. It came down to the wire and we were lucky enough to hold on in the end there."

The 23-year-old, who came to the club from the Northern Pride, said he was impressed by the professionalism of Burleigh.

He said their early winning run was not just due to their on-field performances, but also the club culture.

"Everyone really buys into the tight-knit family culture and it’s backed up by the fact everyone wants to be here and wants to win," he said.

"Those two things together is why we’ve had some early success. We worked hard in the pre-season and we’re only three games (with a bye) into the season and it’s a long way to go but it’s a good start to build off."

Up north, the Pride also clinched a win at the death, with Evan Child kicking a field goal in the 80th minute for the Cairns-based team to overcome the Townsville Blackhawks 13-12.

Elsewhere, Souths Logan Magpies and Norths Devils showed how close the competition is with a draw - the third this season.

A late try to backrower Tyler Coburn saw the Magpies equal the match at 18-18.

Meanwhile, the Sunshine Coast Falcons took a convincing 40-12 win over the Western Clydesdales while the Brisbane Tigers added to Ipswich's recent woes with a 54-20 victory.

And in the final Saturday match, the Central Queensland Capras overcame a determined Mackay Cutters outfit to record a 38-26 win.

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