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Williams tips Burleigh Bears for ISC title

Capras coach Kim Williams.
Capras coach Kim Williams. Allan Reinikka ROK310816acapras1

RUGBY LEAGUE: CQ Capras coach Kim Williams says it's going to be a close one but he's tipping the Burleigh Bears to win the Intrust Super Cup grand final.

Burleigh will line up against the minor premiers, the Redcliffe Dolphins, at Suncorp Stadium at 3.55pm on Sunday.

It is just the fifth time that the grand final has been played between the two teams that finished first and second after the regular season.

This will be the third time that these two teams have met in a grand final, with Burleigh winning in 1999 and Redcliffe in 2003.

Williams expects it will be a gripping contest tomorrow but he is leaning towards Burleigh to take the title.

"It's an interesting one,” he said. "They've both been consistently good throughout the year.

"Burleigh probably have a psychological edge after beating Redcliffe in the major semi so I'm tipping them - but just.

"I think it will be very close. I'll go 24-20 to Burleigh.”

The CQ Capras won one and lost one to Burleigh this season, but were beaten in both outings against Redcliffe.

Williams said Burleigh's hulking forward pack and their talented halves pairing of Jamal Fogarty and Cameron Cullen would be key tomorrow.

On the other side of the ledger, Redcliffe are set to be without their star halfback Darren Nicholls, the competition's leading point-scorer this season, who also missed last weekend's preliminary final with a quad tear.

Williams plans to kick back and watch the grand final at home.

"This is one of the first weekends I've had off in about nine months,” he said. "I'll probably just have a few quiet beers and watch it in my lounge room.”

Williams can also relax, content in the knowledge that the CQ Capras recruitment for 2017 is already well advanced.

"We're pretty close to being finished and that's the earliest I've ever been in this position,” he said.

"That's a positive sign that players want to be at the club; it's a sign that we're heading in the right direction.”

Topics:  burleigh bears, intrust super cup, kim williams, rugby league



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