Rowe clicks into higher gear for Bears

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - CON­NOR O’BRIEN

BURLEIGH ace Kur­tis Rowe will for­malise his fu­ture in the next fort­night af­ter spear­head­ing a 38- 22 win over Wyn­num Manly at Kougari Oval yes­ter­day.

With their at­tack redis­cov­er­ing its 2016 in­ci­sive­ness, the Bears have now won four on the trot and could en­ter the off­sea­son on a six- game streak.

From long be­ing in wooden spoon con­tention, it is math­e­mat­i­cally pos­si­ble for Burleigh to fin­ish as high as seventh on the 14- team lad­der, though the fi­nals- bound top six are out of their reach.

“It’s a bit dis­ap­point­ing that we can’t make semis but we are still hun­gry to win,” Rowe said.

Af­ter mus­ter­ing a mere 16 points a game dur­ing the first 18 rounds, the de­fend­ing pre- miers have av­er­aged 32 points dur­ing their four- match run, the ma­jor­ity of which have been against higher- ranked sides.

Rowe yes­ter­day again demon­strated his value as the key cog in the side’s sweep­ing back­line move­ments.

The eva­sive full­back scored twice and had a hand in other tries, in­clud­ing a sublime cutout pass to Henare Wells.

Rowe and Wells have bat­tled hard for the No. 1 jersey, some­thing which the former Wests Tigers player said had forced him to find an­other gear.

Rowe said he was likely to stay for a third sea­son at Pizzey Park in 2018 as he as­sessed his op­tions.

At Lang­lands Park, Tweed Heads were wal­loped 44- 4 by a classy Easts out­fit and Red­cliffe beat Norths 44- 24.

Burleigh player Kur­tis Rowe.

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