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Round 8 Saturday wrap: Bears serve Capras first loss

Burleigh Bears claimed the win in the Round 8 top-of-the-table clash against Central Queensland Capras, serving the Capras their first loss of the season.

It was three tries apiece for the two sides, with Capras winger Edrick Lee and Bears winger Tony Francis both scoring doubles.

Bears coach Luke Burt said "it was good, it wasn't the prettiest, but it was good".

"We made it a bit tough on ourselves, but we deserved the win," Burt said.

"To the boys' credit, they let them back in but still hung on. We knew it was going to take an 80-minute performance to beat the Capras because they're such a quality side.

"I thought our bench was excellent... they came on and had a real impact, bringing plenty of energy.

"Jeff Lynch was excellent off the bench and Creedence Toia was fantastic in his first game starting at No.1. Also Sami Sauiluma was very good, very inspirational... led from the front."

Capras coach Lionel Harbin said it was a tough contest that could have gone either way.

"It went right down to the wire," Harbin said.

"It was a game of two halves. Burleigh had all momentum in first half. 

"It was a tough contest, but I didn't expect anything less.

"Obviously disappointed we lost but at the same time I think we fought right to the end and if we keep playing like that, with that fight, there's going to be a lot more good performances throughout the year."  


Tweed Seagulls' Lindon McGrady, Treymain Spry and Aaron Schoupp all scored doubles in their side's win against Western Clydesdales.

Souths Logan Magpies took out this year's Mitch Cronin Memorial Cup against Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Cronin - a former Wynnum Manly and Souths Logan player - tragically passed away in 2020 and is now honoured by his two clubs each year.

Souths Logan captain Rory Ferguson said it was always an emotional contest and today was no different. 

"It was a really tough, physical battle," Ferguson said.

"Turning up to Wynnum, it's always tough, but especially when it's the Mitch Cronin Cup.

"We turned up early; it was our game plan, to come out firing, and that's what we did. Across the board, it was a really good team effort.

"Mitch was a Souths junior and started his Cup career at Souths, so that's always something to play for, to get the win for him. Every year it a real big day for Souths... everyone put their body on the line to get that trophy.

"It's a really good feeling to get the win."

Ferguson said the side would head to Davies Park tomorrow to spur on the BMD Premiership side in their semi-final clash against Wynnum Manly.

PNG Hunters put on a solid performance at home against Ipswich Jets to claim the two points.

And Northern Pride got a tight win over Mackay Cutters at Barlow Park.

Brisbane Tigers and Townsville Blackhawks face off in the Round 8 feature game on Sunday; the game will be live and free on

Sunshine Coast Falcons and Norths Devils will then wrap up the round.

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