Burleigh Bears

RLW pre­dic­tion: 5th

Rugby League Week - - Intrust Super Cup -

2016 fin­ish: Pre­miers Coach Jim Leni­han: The man who helped the Bears to their first ti­tle in 10 years isn’t rest­ing on his lau­rels: “We don’t want to just roll into this year and pre­sume ev­ery­thing is go­ing to click again. We have a lot of new play­ers and that is a bless­ing in dis­guise, be­cause it forces us to re­visit things and make sure we are get­ting ev­ery­thing right on and off the field. We’ve added to our for­wards with guys like Matt White [Storm] and [former Bull­dog and Eel] Lorenzo Ma’afu. I think it was Jack Gib­son who said when you have enough for­wards, buy an­other two . . . and then if you still have enough, buy an­other two again.”

Player to watch: “Our full­back Kur­tis Rowe came to us last year from the Wests Tigers and his ac­cel­er­a­tion is out­stand­ing, he has a strong carry at the back and he or­gan­ises us well in de­fence. He’s around the 90kg mark and he gives us that at­tack­ing spark to cre­ate some­thing out of noth­ing.”

KEY GAINS: Henare Wells (War­riors), Matt White (Storm), Lorenzo Ma’afu (Townsville Black­hawks), Harry Sei­jka (Bull­dogs), Tyler Cor­nish (Roost­ers)

KEY LOSSES: Ja­mal Fog­a­rty (Eels), Cameron Cullen (Sea Ea­gles), Pa­terika Vaivai (Ti­tans)

EX-TIGER BURNS BRIGHT Kur­tis Rowe was a two-try hero for the Bears in last year’s grand fi­nal vic­tory.

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