Bears fall short in 47th Battalion chase
LEAGUE: Bundaberg Bears assistant coach Ash Simpson says their 47th Battalion result reflects where the side is at compared to other regions.
The Rum City finished fourth after losing to Sunshine Coast 28-10 in the semi-finals before falling to Rockhampton 44-6 in the third-place playoff.
The sides only win in the event came in the first game in a thriller against Central Highlands.
The Bears scored the last 20 points of the contest to win 26-22.
But the win cost them dearly as they ran out of legs for the final two matches.
The side was level at 10-10 with Sunshine Coast at half-time, but couldn't match the Falcons in the second half conceding the final 18 points.
The Bears, with injuries as well, then had nothing left to take it to Rocky yesterday.
"We had a little bit of fatigue, we had a good size pack that we needed to rotate around,” Simpson said.
"I think yesterday also took its toll.
"It was hard to get up for that next morning game, we also had four injuries. The boys tried their hardest but the game got away from us.”
Simpson said he couldn't fault the effort of the players.
"We're not disappointed at all in them, some of these players never played rep before,” he said.
"We're so proud of the guys.”
But Simpson said if Bundy wanted to win again there needed to be prestige in the jumper.
"It's and honour to play for Bundaberg and Fraser Coast,” he said.
"We want to bring that culture back, wanting to play for your town.
"All boys picked wanted to do that but it is hard with injuries. Maybe we do it a little bit differently next year.”