IPSWICH JETS v REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS
North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, May 25 - 3pm
Referee: Robert Gallacher
Head to Head: Redcliffe 24 Ipswich 11
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #JETSvPHINS
The departure of Luke Capewell to the Penrith Panthers has provided an opportunity for Maurice Kennedy to partner Joe Bond in a new-look Redcliffe halves pairing. The talented Kennedy played five-eighth for Redcliffe in last year’s grand final and he now has the chance to stamp his mark on the Dolphins’ season. The Dolphins sit in equal seventh spot but a closer look at the competition table suggests they are still a major premiership contender. Redcliffe have scored 22 more points than second-placed Ipswich and boast the second-best defensive record in the competition after 10 rounds. The match will carry extra meaning for the Jets, who will wear specially designed pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness and the Kim Walters Choices Program. The Jets are still without a number of their injured backline stars but their record at home has been impressive with wins over the Easts Tigers, Northern Pride and Tweed Heads Seagulls. On the milestone front, Dolphins forward Alex Simpson plays his 50th match in the Intrust Super Cup.
QRL Media tips: Redcliffe Dolphins by 6. Beware the wounded Dolphin. Redcliffe have been written off by many and it spells danger for the Jets.
NORTHERN PRIDE v NORTHS DEVILS
Barlow Park on Saturday, May 25 - 6.30pm
Referee: Pride 9 Norths 2 Drawn 1
Head to Head: Peter Gough
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #PRIDEvDEVILS
Crafty hooker Jason Roos will join Ben Laity in the Northern Pride’s prestigious 100-game club when he takes the field in Saturday night’s round 11 clash in Cairns. Roos has only recently returned to the field for the Pride after undergoing surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament late last season. The Mareeba junior has been named to start on the bench against the Devils, who are one of the form teams of the competition following wins over Redcliffe and Easts. The Devils worked their way into the top five on the back of last week’s 20-18 victory over the Tigers and are now just two points off the table topping Pride. The Devils beat the Pride at home last year and drew 28-28 at Barlow Park. However, there is little doubt that this year’s Pride outfit has found a level of consistency that was lacking last year. The Pride’s line-up for Saturday’s clash has also been boosted by the inclusion of Cowboys back-rower Joel Riethmuller.
QRL Media tips: Norths Devils by 4. The Pride are always difficult to beat at home but the Devils are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS v SUNSHINE COAST SEA EAGLES
Piggabeen Sports on Sunday, May 26* (Live on Channel 9)
Referee: Tim Rutherford
Head to Head: Tweed 6 Sunshine Coast 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #THSvSCSE
The Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles will travel to Piggabeen on Sunday, desperate to get their season back on track with a win against Tweed Heads. The Sunshine Coast have lost their past six games in a row after the starting the season strongly with two wins from three games. Although still inconsistent, Tweed Heads have fared better this season and won their round 10 match against the Central Queensland Capras. They will be looking to build on their four wins so far in front of their home crowd. In team news, young half Michael Burgess comes into the Tweed side at five-eighth for the home side, with Beau Henry out with a shoulder injury. Burgess recently helped the Gold Coast Vikings claim the South East Queensland Chairman’s Challenge. Chris Binge will move to lock. For the Sea Eagles, Jye Ballinger makes his return from a broken hand, taking the place of Nick Paterson, who is unavailable because of personal commitments. Tweed Heads winger Tom Merritt – who has been named on the wing for this weekend’s match – played his 50th Cup game last weekend, following his late inclusion into the side.
QRL Media tips: Tweed Heads by 6. The Sea Eagles have their backs to the wall and will put in a spirited performance, but the Seagulls should have too much experience and will want to win at home.
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS v SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES
BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, May 26 - 2pm
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to Head: Wynnum 21 Souths-Logan 10 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #WYNvSLM
With a number of top-of-the-table scalps already in their possession, the surging Souths Logan Magpies will head into their game against Wynnum Manly confident of continuing their winning run. The Magpies held out a fast-finishing Mackay to post a 23-22 win last weekend, with fullback Wes Conlon kicking the winning field goal. Coach Mark Beaumont has named a virtually unchanged side for this clash – with Nick Doyle to come in for former Ipswich Jet Marshall Chalk in the centres. The home side have shuffled their line-up with Sean Loxley moving to five-eighth and the zippy Nathan Norford slotting in at hooker. John Te Reo will miss three games after being suspended for striking in last weekend’s loss to the Pride. Tanu Wulf comes into the side in the back-row, while on the bench Dylan Eggins moves up from the FOGS Cup side in place of Saia Makisi. Seagulls centre Matt Grieve will play his 50th Cup game for Wynnum Manly, while halfback Matt Seamark needs only the one goal to bring up 300 for Wynnum. He is already on 300 overall having kicked one goal for Redcliffe in 2007.
QRL Media tips: Souths Logan Magpies by 2. The Magpies are powered by self-belief and that is sky-high following their stunning win last weekend. Wynnum too are still missing the spark of Jake Granville and the loss of Te Reo could be telling.
BURLEIGH BEARS v MACKAY CUTTERS
Pizzey Park on Sunday, May 26 - 2pm
Referee: Michael Gordon
Head to Head: Mackay 6 Burleigh 4
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #BEARSvMC
With a comfortable round 10 win under their belts and the support of the home crowd behind them, the Burleigh Bears will aim to claim a win against one of the competition’s top teams when they host Mackay this Sunday. The Bears scored seven tries in their 38-20 win over the Sunshine Coast but will go into this game missing a number of their try-scorers. Classy back Anthony Don and forward Mark Ioane are set to play for the Titans, while fullback Jordan Rankin is out with injury. Tyler Chadburn will wear the number 1 jersey with Nick Harrold coming on to the bench and Jamie Anderson into the centres. The Cutters will be strengthened by the return of Anthony Mitchell at hooker. Mitchell was forced to pull out of last weekend’s match against Souths Logan, after injuring his shoulder in warm-up drills. Kalifa Faifai Loa has not been named this week, with Tyson Martin moving in to start at centre, while triple try-scorer last weekend Jason Taumalolo has been named on an extended Cowboys bench. The Cutters will show their support for the 10th birthday of Mackay's Relay for Life to be held at Slade Point, and will wear purple socks for the match.
QRL Media tips: Mackay Cutters by 8. Although Burleigh showed improvement last weekend, the Cutters might be a little too slippery.
Easts Tigers (Bye)
CQ Capras (Bye)