CQ CAPRAS v IPSWICH JETS
Browne Park on Saturday, April 27 - 6pm
Referee: Michael Gordon
Head to Head: Ipswich 20 Central 10
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Ipswich has so far made one forced changed for tomorrow’s match following a season-ending knee injury to Sam Parcell. Sam’s brother and Ipswich hooker Matt Parcell also failed to finish last weekend’s tough 22-20 win over the Northern Pride and the injury concerns are set to provide an opportunity for Michael Fisher. The crafty rake wasn’t named earlier this week but he is tipped to come into the 17 after a number of stellar performances for Ipswich in the FOGS Cup. Despite last weekend’s tenacious win, the Jets were unable to make any inroads on a congested Intrust Super Cup ladder. They sit in eighth spot and will be leapfrogged by the Capras if Jason Hetherington’s charges capture the two competition points on Saturday night. The Capras have beaten Burleigh at home this year and have also drawn with heavyweights the Redcliffe Dolphins. Their ability to turn it on at home sets the scene for an explosive match. The Capras will also be fresh after having a bye in round six.
QRL Media tips: Ipswich Jets by 2. Rarely do visiting teams get an easy time of it at Central’s Browne Park fortress. The Capras will serve it right up to the Jets, who will only come out on top if they are at their very best.
MACKAY CUTTERS v TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS
Virgin Australia Stadium on Saturday, April 27 - 6pm
Referee: Robert Gallacher
Head to Head: Tweed 6 Mackay 1 Drawn 3
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The ‘Coaltrain’ might have moved on, but this clash between two of the form teams of the competition still has plenty of appeal. Tweed notched their third win of the season last week on the back of a powerful performance from Titan Dave Taylor. On Saturday night, the Seagulls get the chance to prove they can win without Taylor. The fact the Tweed have already travelled north this year to beat a genuine premiership contender without him suggests Aaron Zimmerle’s team can do it again on Saturday. But it will certainly be a massive challenge for the Seagulls, who are running into a Mackay team high on confidence following wins over Easts, Redcliffe and Norths. The Tweed have named new faces Josh Harvey and Sam Ross on their bench, while the Cutters have brought in Alex Elisala after the young hooker made his debut for Samoa in last week’s Test against Tonga. The Cutters have struggled against the Tweed in recent times, with their only win coming back in 2008. Mackay fullback Liam Taylor requires two more goals to bring up 100 in the Cup and two more points to reach 250.
QRL Media tips: Mackay Cutters by 4. The Cutters are the talk of Mackay at the moment and another big home crowd will pack the stands at Virgin Australia Stadium. They might just be too strong at home.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES v REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS
Davies Park on Sunday, April 28 - 2pm* (live on Channel 9)
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to Head: Redcliffe 24 Souths Logan 8 Drawn 1
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Sunday’s Channel 9 match pits one of the competition’s surprise packets against a perennial heavyweight. The surprise packets come in the form of the Souths Logan Magpies, who share equal first spot on the ladder after winning four of their opening six matches. The Magpies have already won more games than they did last year and it now wouldn’t surprise if they fly on and press for a finals berth. Following wins over the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich Jets and Burleigh Bears, Sunday’s Davies Park match against a powerful Redcliffe Dolphins outfit will provide Magpies fans with a true indication of their team’s 2013 credentials. Redcliffe haven’t yet clicked into full gear but there were signs that the Dolphins had rediscovered their touch last weekend. John Dixon’s side were on the back foot early in their game against the Sunshine Coast before storming home to win 50-10. Former Queensland and Australian prop Petero Civoniceva will again lead the Dolphins into battle this weekend and the Peninsula club may yet be boosted by the inclusion of Broncos forward Nick Slyney. If Slyney takes the field, he’ll be one of three players in the match to reach 50 Cup games. The others are Denan Kemp (Redcliffe) and Rez Phillips (Souths Logan). There should be plenty of feeling in this one, with Souths Logan recruits Zac Lemberg, Chris Faust and Rhys Jacks going up against their former club for the first time.
QRL Media tips: Redcliffe Dolphins by 4. There has been a lot of talk about Redcliffe’s up and down form this year. But even though they sit outside the five, the Dolphins have the second best attack and defence in the competition.
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS v SUNSHINE COAST SEA EAGLES
BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, April 28 - 2pm
Referee: Nick Morel
Head to Head: Wynnum Manly 6 Sunshine Coast 2
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Wynnum Manly’s Shea Moylan plays his 50th match for the Seagulls, who will start strong favourites against the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. Moylan has returned to the club this year after a 12-month stint with the Melbourne Storm aligned Easts Tigers. Moylan signed with the Storm after an outstanding 2011 season with a Seagulls outfit which defied the odds to win the Intrust Super Cup premiership. With his ability to play anywhere in the outside backs, Moylan is a key figure in the Seagulls’ quest for a hat-trick of titles. Another influential figure in the Wynnum backline is Nat Barnes, who requires just one more try to join Nick Parfitt (113) as the competition’s all-time leading try scorer. Wynnum Manly is coming off a bye in round six, while the Sea Eagles have had a torrid run in recent weeks with losses against Souths Logan, Northern Pride and Redcliffe Dolphins.
QRL Media tips: Wynnum Manly by 10. It’s been a tough few weeks for the Sea Eagles who have bumped into the competition’s leading teams. Things won’t get any easier here either.
EASTS TIGERS v BURLEIGH BEARS
Langlands Park at Sunday, April 28 – 2.10pm
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
Head to Head: Burleigh 11 Easts 10
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Former Queensland Under 20 captain Ben Hampton has been named to make his Intrust Super Cup debut for the Tigers. The classy Mareeba junior has been in the Melbourne Storm system for a number of years and on Sunday he’ll get to test his skills at five-eighth in the country’s best second-tier competition. With first-choice five-eighth Cody Walker still recovering from a shoulder injury, the Tigers are crying out for someone to make the No. 6 jersey their own. Easts were guilty of forcing the pass and making too many errors in last weekend’s 23-20 loss to the Tweed. But you could not fault their effort, and if they display a touch more composure and precision with the ball in hand this weekend, it will spell danger for Burleigh. The Bears have reached that point in the season where they simply must win to get their season moving. Last week they were completely outplayed by Souths Logan.
QRL Media tips: Easts Tigers by 6. Easts have won the past three encounters against Burleigh and the two points could again be heading to the Tigers’ Den unless the Bears lift their game.
Northern Pride (Bye)
Norths Devils (Bye)