BURLEIGH BEARS v WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS
Pizzey Park on Saturday, April 13 – 3.30pm
Referee: Tim Rutherford
Head to Head: Burleigh 15 Wynnum 12 Drawn 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #BEARSvWYN
With the in-form Anthony Don selected to make his NRL debut with the Titans, classy young gun Tyler Chadburn returns to the Burleigh side at fullback for Saturday’s must-win game. Chadburn is an exceptionally talented player but Burleigh will miss the strike power of Grafton junior Don, the Bears’ best performer in the opening four rounds. Burleigh is yet to open its account this season after four narrow losses. However, there were signs last week that the Bears aren’t far away from making their presence felt in this competition. In contrast, things are ticking over nicely for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, who notched their third-straight win last weekend to grab a share of the competition lead with the Northern Pride. Seagulls halfback Matt Seamark plays his 100th game for the club and is on target to break even more records and milestones this year. Last week he drew level with Marty Turner as the 10th highest point scorer in Cup history (658). Jason Moon has been named to return from injury for the Seagulls, who look set to again be without first-choice five-eighth Jacob Fauid (hamstring). Wynnum have won three of the past four games between these two sides, although Burleigh won last year at Pizzey Park. Wynnum forward Tim Natusch is contesting a Grade 1 Dangerous Contact charge tonight.
QRL Media tips: Burleigh Bears by 6. Along with Anthony Don, Burleigh may also lose Sam Irwin to the Titans, but the Bears still have enough firepower if they get it together over 80 minutes.
NORTHS DEVILS v CQ CAPRAS
Clermont Sports Ground on Saturday, April 13 – 6pm
Referee: Robert Gallacher
Head to Head: Norths 20 Central 10 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #DEVILSvCQC
There is no shortage of confidence in the Capras camp after their eye-catching performance against the Redcliffe Dolphins last week. It took a brilliant last-ditch try and sideline conversion from Redcliffe’s Liam Georgetown to deny the Capras a memorable win. Although the Capras had to settle for a draw, the fact they were able to cross for five tries against a team that held the Tweed to nil the previous week was a massive shot in the arm for the Central Queenslanders. Coach Jason Hetherington has the Capras playing a great attacking style of rugby league at the moment. Hooker Darcy Etrich, halfback Blake Wallace and lock Gavin Hiscox are combining brilliantly and creating endless scoring opportunities for the outside men. The Norths Devils have plenty of firepower at their disposal as well but it’s fair to say their attack hasn’t quite clicked this year. The Devils did run in three early tries against the Burleigh Bears in last week’s win but they were kept in check for the remainder of the clash. Livewire utility Angus Cameron gets a chance to lead the Devils around the park at halfback in the absence of skipper Matt Smith who is overseas attending a wedding. Although their form has been patchy, a Norths victory could lift Andrew Wynyard’s team into the top three.
QRL Media tips: Central Capras by 8. The Capras would love to put on a strong showing for fans at Clermont, which is hosting an Intrust Super Cup game for the first time.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES v IPSWICH JETS
Brandon Park, Acacia Ridge on Saturday, April 13 – 7pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
Head to Head: Ipswich 18 Souths Logan 15 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #SLMvJETS
Souths Logan’s representative forward Mat Pitman is in danger of being rubbed out of Saturday night’s round five clash against the Jets. Pitman’s fate rests with the judiciary, which will tonight hear his case at QRL headquarters. Pitman was charged with a Grade 2 Shoulder Charge following the Magpies’ big victory over the Sunshine Coast. The Jets received mixed news throughout the week, with skipper Keiron Lander cleared to play in his 50th match for the club after taking an early plea to a striking charge. His experience will be vital for a Jets side which will enter the match without stalwarts Ian Lacey and Brendon Marshall. Youngster Sam Parcell is set to replace Lacey at halfback but the Jets are yet to name a replacement for the injured Marshall (ribs). Ipswich came close to upsetting premiers Wynnum Manly in a bruising battle last weekend. The physical and grinding nature of that match could work against the Jets this week. But one advantage the Jets do have up their sleeve is the blossoming combination on the left side between Donald Malone and Nemani Valekapa.
QRL Media tips: Ipswich Jets by 4. The uncertainty surrounding the final make up of these teams makes it difficult to select a winner. But the fact that the Jets walked away with nothing to show from a fighting effort against Wynnum last week should ensure they are hungry to take the two points here.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS v MACKAY CUTTERS
Dolphin Oval on Sunday, April 14 – 2pm *(Live on Channel 9)
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
Head to Head: Redcliffe 6 Mackay 3 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #PHINSvMC
This Sunday, Redcliffe will host the Mackay Cutters in their first Closing the Gap round match, which will also be highlighted in front of the Channel 9 cameras. The home side have partnered with local community groups Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Deadly Choices and Closing the Gap – and thanks to their sponsorship, entry to the match is free. Indigenous artist Charlie Chambers has been commissioned to create a new Redcliffe Dolphins playing kit for the match. As a drug and alcohol free event, the Dick Boxsell Can Bar will get a make-over for the day and will be used as a Deadly Choices check point and the place to find a traditional Kup Murri lunch. Turning to the action on the field, this will be Redcliffe’s 400th Cup game; the first team to reach this milestone. In that time, they have won 265, drawn 10 and lost 124 matches. Following his eight-point haul in the Dolphins’ 24-24 draw against CQ Capras last weekend, winger Liam Georgetown (1092) has passed Reggie Cressbrook (1089) to become the third-highest point scorer in Cup history. This weekend, the Cutters will be missing round four match-winner Michael Morgan who has moved straight back up into the North Queensland Cowboys halfback position following the injury to Robert Lui last weekend. However, in return, the Cutters are set to receive hulking forward Jason Taumalolo and try-scoring winger Kalifa Faifai Loa back from the Cowboys. Forward Jason Schirnack has not been named and is fighting a Grade 1 Reckless High Tackle charge at the QRL Judiciary tonight.
QRL Media tips: Redcliffe Dolphins by 8. After suffering an almighty scare at the hands of the Capras last weekend, the Dolphins will be focused on returning to their winning ways, especially in front of a big home crowd.
SUNSHINE COAST SEA EAGLES v NORTHERN PRIDE
Stockland Stadium on Sunday, April 14 – 2.30pm
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to Head: Sunshine Coast 6 Northern Pride 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #SCSEvPRIDE
The formerly undefeated Northern Pride were brought back down to earth by Tweed Heads in Innisfail last weekend. Poor handling and last-minute team changes didn’t help the Pride’s cause, but the unfancied Seagulls dominated most aspects of play on their way to a well deserved victory. The Pride’s opposition this week – the Sunshine Coast – were also brought to a thudding halt after they
were at the receiving end of a comprehensive 36-10 defeat by the Magpies. A return home to Stockland Stadium will give them a chance to refocus for the tough challenge against the Pride. Sea Eagles coach Dave Cordwell has made one change, with Brendan Adams coming in for Stephen Tunnicliffe on the bench. Like last week, the Far North Queensland team has again made a number of changes to their side for this weekend’s match. Mervyn Walker has been selected to make his Intrust Super Cup debut with the Pride while Ricky Thorby, Aidan Smith, Kyle Feldt, Davin Crampton and Stephen Snitch have all been named to return after missing the loss to the Tweed. The Pride have won three of the past four games between the two sides. However, the Sunshine Coast have had the most recent success, winning their match at Kawana last year. This will also be the 50th Cup game for the Sunshine Coast’s Brenton Stonier (formerly with Norths and Souths Logan).
QRL Media tips: Northern Pride by 10. The Northern side have a good record against the Sea Eagles, and although they will be tough at home; the Pride should come away with the win if they improve on their handling effort from last weekend.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS (Bye)
EASTS TIGERS (Bye)