GALLERY: CQ Capras push Bears in a test against the top side
RUGBY LEAGUE: Burleigh Bears withstood a gallant CQ Capras mid-game surge to remain undefeated in round five of the Intrust Super Cup at Marley Brown Oval.
With the game in the balance - and with Bears up 22-20 - Josh Rogers showed individual brilliance where he dribble kicked the ball and then followed it up to score the match-winning try and conversion and a 28-20 victory.
Bears started as the better team when Kurtis Rowe crossed the try-line four minutes into the contest.
It was the Bears' initial rush that proved decisive because the Capras more than matched it for the large part.
Capras coach Kim Williams drew positives from the game where the team lost soldiers.
"We were on tired legs at the end and we lost a couple of troops during the game and we had a dislocated thumb, we had a sore back and were pretty well down to one on the bench,” he said.
CQ Capras lost Bill Gilbert with a neck injury.
"Bill Cullen hurt his back early on and dislocated his thumb at the end of the match and Aaron Flanagan copped a head injury and Dave Dowhan came off with a head knock as well,” Williams said.
The CQ club suffered a blow before the start with the loss of captain Jack Madden.
Capras' Junior Kirisome did some strong work through the middle of the ground not long after Burleigh Bears' Dallas Wells produced a second try.
Slowly and surely, Capras got on top and it was reward for effort when Blake Goodman barged his way through the Bears' defence to open the Capras account and it came on the back of the host's strong defence from its forward half.
With a building home crowd, Capras found momentum and when Cowhan's superb tackle prevented a certain Bears try, Chanel Seigafo scored CQ Capras' second try which was largely uncontested when the ball was worked wide in front of the big TV.
Goodman touched down for his second try in a perfect start to the second half and when Cowhan found space for Capras fourth consecutive try, confidence was sky-high for the central Queensland side.
Bears' Pat Politoni broke the string of Capras tries and Josh Rogers' duly converted to edge within four points.
Prized recruit Dave Taylor came on for his second spell and made his presence felt for Capras, but Tyrone Roberts-Davis put Bears 22-20 ahead with 11 minutes left of this pulsating contest.
Bears' coach Jim Linehan said Capras match up well against his team.
Burleigh Bears 28 (Tries: Kurtis Rowe (4m); Dallas Wells (16m); Tyrone Roberts-Davis (23m); Pat POLITONI (56m); Tyrone Roberts-Davis (69m); Josh Rogers (77m). Conversions: Josh Rogers (57m); Josh Rogers (79m)