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Hastings Deering Colts Round 15 preview

The penultimate round of the Hasting Deering Cup Colts will end on Sunday with the two coastal foes commanding focus and attention.

This game could decide the minor premiership. Both the Burleigh Bears and Tweed Seagulls sit on 24 points at the top of the Colts table, with the Brisbane Tigers in third on the same numbers.

The Bears are coming off a 36-20 win against Wynnum Manly.

The Bears trailed 20-10 early in the second half, scoring five tries in just over 20 minutes to dominate and move to the big game this week.

The head-to-head against Tweed from the last two meetings is even, with the Bears winning 32-18 earlier in 2023 and Tweed winning 32-26 a year ago.

The Bears bring some impressive form into this game having won nine in a row. Against Wynnum Manly Seagulls, the Bears started slowly but then slipped into gear.

They ended up with 56 per cent of the ball and dominated the tackle in attack and defence - 58 tackle breaks and five line breaks show the Bears were just too strong.

The Seagulls were forced to make a huge 73 more tackles and missed 28 more than the Bears.

Lachlan Adamson made 29 tackles for the Bears and Carsen Patu made two line breaks and 158 run metres to go with his two tries.

Heavy lifter: Carsen Patu

The Tweed Seagulls, meanwhile, are perched on the highest branch on top of the table and are coming off a massive win over Northern Pride.

While the Seagulls will be happy with the 11 tries, they will know that won’t be the case against the Bears.

What will be handy against the Bears will be their defence, which was switched on against the Pride. They didn’t allow a try until the 66th minute.

The Tweed Seagulls had 61 per cent of the ball and had all the running with 64 more runs and 1000 more metres.

The 14 line breaks and 58 tackle breaks with 15 offloads makes some great attacking reading.

In defence Tweed had just 18 missed tackles, with their defensive efforts led by hooker Oskar Bryant with 25 tackles. Khyan Weir made 199 run metres.

The Bears and Tweed Seagulls are not only even on points but fairly even with attack and defence too - the Bears have scored seven more points than Tweed but the Tweed have better defence by 54 points.

At home in 2023 Tweed have made it a black and white fortress with only one loss.

Elsewhere, Brisbane Tigers and Ipswich Jets play tonight to kick off the round.

Western Clydesdales and Sunshine Coast Falcons face off in Pittsworth.

Mackay Cutters and Central Queensland Capras play in Mackay.


Northern Pride host Townsville Blackhawks at Barlow Park in Cairns.

Norths Devils host Souths Logan Magpies at Bishop Park.

And Redcliffe Dolphins and Wynnum Manly Seagulls go head-to-head.



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