Bears' chilling roar

IT was one of the coldest home-games of the season for Clermont Bears but the crisp winter chills could hardly put a dent in their game, running out 34-14 winners over Middlemount Panthers at the weekend.

In what Clermont coach Rob Williams described as a “very improved effort” on the previous week’s horror 40-28 loss to Emerald Tigers, the Bears stuck to the coach’s orders with military-like precision.

“From a strategic point of view, it couldn’t be better,” Williams said. “The mistakes were down and when they had us on our line we held it and held it well.”

He pointed to higher completions and great kicks in play as key factors in their success against Middlemount.

The Bears will regroup for a hard hit-out against Tieri this weekend. Williams said while he was confident the team has got what it takes to win, their precarious fourth position on the ladder meant it was a game which “they couldn’t afford to lose”.


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