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BMD Premiership Round 7 preview

BMD Premiership Round 7 will close out on Sunday with the Burleigh Bears and Brisbane Tigers clashing in the final regular game of the season.

The Bears are coming off a great win over Wynnum Seagulls 32-18 in ANZAC Round; the Bears scored six tries and dominated possession with slick attack.

The last two times the Bears and Tigers have clashed it’s been a mauling by the Bears; the Bears have won 26-4 and a huge 70-0.

The Bears have won five of their six games this season, with their only loss coming to Souths Logan Magpies 44-16 in Round 5. 

It was the Bears' experienced campaigners in Tazmin Gray and Ashleigh Quinlan who dominated both sides of the ball against Wynnum Manly with Gray making 131 run metres and Quinlan making 17 tackles. Quinlan backed that up with two line breaks.

The Bears recovered from Wynnum Manly scoring first when hooker Patrice Chambers dived over and got the Seagulls started. From there Gray got involved and brought the pain. One off the ruck and going the short side Gray dived over under a sea of Seagulls. 

The Bears other forward leader Chelsea Lenarduzzi then repeated the same trick and got over and the Bears were rolling forward; the Bears forward pack was fearsome and fearless as they charged towards the two points.

Bears coach Simon Cook is looking to those forward leaders again this week.

“Our two front rowers were great, Gray and Lenarduzzi scored tries and Gray played the whole 80 minutes,” Cooke said.

“We need more of that again because Tigers can still make the finals and are a good team. I think Sophie Holyman has been great off the bench for us.

“Wynnum Manly scored first and we showed some resilience to come back so we just have to get that defence right.”

The Tigers are coming home with a win 16-8 against the Central Queensland Capras and they will be looking to finish the season with two wins.

Keisha-Leigh Coolwell scored three tries for the Tigers and at 4-4 at half-time, it was certainly a game that was up for grabs and it was the Tigers' second half that was strong and closed it out when it mattered.

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Elsewhere, Mackay Cutters and Souths Logan Magpies will face off in a top-of-the-table clash. 

Central Queensland Capras and Wynnum Manly Seagulls will go head-to-head.

And Norths Devils and Tweed Seagulls will battle it out in the final regular round of the season.

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