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QCup Rd 14: Bears blast Magpies off the park

A dominant second half has seen the Burleigh Bears upset the Souths Logan Magpies 42-12 at Brandon Park on Saturday night.
QCup Rd 14: Bears blast Magpies off the park

Kevin Braysher

A dominant second half has seen the Burleigh Bears upset the Souths Logan Magpies 42-12 at Brandon Park on Saturday night.

Only two points separated the sides at halftime, but the Bears played some sparkling attacking rugby league in the second half to run up their biggest win of the season.

It was the perfect way for the Bears to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Central Queensland last weekend.

“We’ve come out in the second half and we’ve completed 19 from 20 sets, played a perfect half of football and we’ve put on 40 points. I couldn’t be more pleased,” Bears coach Carl Briggs said.

“We’ve gone out there and executed a game plan and done it for 80 minutes. There have been question marks over whether we can play for 80 minutes, but we’ve proven tonight that we can.

“We are going to enjoy this win; believe me we’re going to enjoy it. We’ve had a rollercoaster of a week and I’m so pleased for the boys.”

Burleigh led 10-8 at the break but the floodgates opened in the second half as the Bears poured on 32 points.

The forward pack did an impressive job through the middle and halfback Jacob Grant was steering the ship with precision.

Right centre Jamie “Bubbles” Anderson, who was selected to represent the Queensland Rangers a couple of weeks ago, had his best game since debuting in the Intrust Super Cup a few weeks back.

Anderson picked up two tries, had a hand in a couple of others and caused headaches all night in an outstanding display.

“That is what Bubbles does every week in A-Grade and that’s why he got the promotion,” Briggs said.

“It’s taken him a couple of games like it would anybody to get used to this level but we had a chat about some areas of his game this week and he has responded.

“What Bubbles has got is electric pace off the mark and it frightens defenders. We saw plenty of that tonight.”

Backrower Tyron Haynes and winger Steve Michaels picked up doubles while Dan Kerr and Tyler Chadburn also picked up tries.

Souths-Logan coach Mark Beaumont was understandably disappointed with his side’s second half performance after being well and truly in it at halftime.

“Can’t really explain it at the moment,” he said.

“(Burleigh) were pretty good with the footy in the second half and we just couldn’t go with them. It’s disappointing.

“We were poor though the middle in the second half and gave up too much ground. Hopefully that’s just a one-off and something we can fix in a week before taking on Norths next weekend.”

The Magpies donned the pink socks in this game as it was their annual fundraising day for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Burleigh Bears 42 (Jamie Anderson 2, Steve Michaels 2, Tyron Haynes 2, Dan Kerr, Tyler Chadburn tries; Jordan Rankin 5 goals) def Souths Logan Magpies 12 (David Faamita 2, Andrew Edwards tries) at Brandon Park, Acacia Ridge.


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