IPSWICH JETS v SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES
North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, July 12 – 3.10pm
Referee: Michael Gordon
Head to Head: Ipswich 20 Souths Logan 16 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #JETSvSLM
Online radio call: http://phoenixradio.com.au/
Ipswich Jets fans will be eager to see whether Queensland Residents stars Keiron Lander and Rod Griffin back up after Wednesday night’s representative match at Suncorp Stadium. Lander led the Residents to a 24-16 victory over NSW, but his focus will now return to Ipswich’s promising campaign in the Intrust Super Cup. Souths Logan also had two Queensland representatives in Kurt Baptiste and Luke Page in the maroon. Baptiste has been named to play for the Canberra Raiders, but Page is set to turn out for the Magpies in their must-win match against the Jets. Souths have lost a string of tight games this year – and another loss here would almost certainly rule them out of finals contention. Ipswich holds down outright fifth spot and will be desperate to put in a strong performance at home after losing their last two matches at the North Ipswich Reserve. The clash will carry extra meaning, with the local community uniting for the Indigenous Appreciation Day match. Souths Logan have won only one of the past five games between these two sides, although there has been a draw.
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MACKAY CUTTERS v BURLEIGH BEARS
Stadium Mackay on Saturday, July 12 – 6pm
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to Head: Mackay 7 Burleigh 5 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #MCvBEARS
This importance of this game cannot be stressed enough. With eight rounds to play before the finals, the pressure is on both camps to deliver the two competition points. Burleigh currently sits in seventh spot, five points adrift of the fifth-placed Ipswich Jets. Defending premiers Mackay are a further point behind the Bears, but have momentum on their side after stringing together three-straight victories over Wynnum Manly, PNG Hunters and Norths Devils. The battle of the two fullbacks should provide a fascinating spectacle for fans at Stadium Mackay. Burleigh’s man at the back is Henare Wells, who produced a stunning performance for the Queensland Residents on Wednesday night. Wells pulled off two try-saving tackles at crucial stages in each half. He will now need to make an impact with the Bears, which is something he has done all season with 18 tries to his name. After making his NRL debut for the Cowboys, Zac Santo has been named in the No. 1 jersey for the Cutters on Saturday night. He will relish the opportunity to return the ball from the back again after a surprise appearance for the Cowboys in the unfamiliar hooking role.
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS v REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS
Stockland Stadium on Saturday, July 12 - 4pm
Referee: Nick Morel
Head to Head: Redcliffe 7 Sunshine Coast 4
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvPHINS
Will this finally be the Sunshine Coast’s day? Falcons fans have every reason to be optimistic after a stirring last-start performance against finals contenders the Ipswich Jets. Sunshine Coast took a surprise 2-0 lead into half-time but dominated possession and field position and should have led by more at the break. The second half wasn’t as kind to them though, with the Jets answering with a converted try and two penalty goals to win a stop-start encounter 10-2. The feeling amongst most keen Intrust Super Cup followers is that a breakthrough win is just around the corner. Redcliffe will be doing everything in its power to ensure it is not this weekend though after suffering four losses in a succession. Interestingly, the proud club has never lost five matches in a row since the inception of the Queensland Cup in 1996. A fifth-straight loss would almost certainly end the Dolphins prospects of playing finals football under first year head coach Troy Lindsay, who has made positional changes due to injury and suspension. Marty Hatfield returns to the centres after playing on the wing, Joe Bradley moves from centre to lock and Sarafu Fatiaki from the bench to second row. For the Sunshine Coast, Jay Lobwein starts at halfback following a leg injury to David Oakes.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS v PNG HUNTERS
Piggabeen Sports on Sunday, July 13 – 2pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
Head to Head: PNG 1 Tweed 0
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #THSvPNG
Live stream: http://www.qrl.com.au/interactive/live-stream.html
The PNG Hunters will arrive at Piggabeen this Sunday hoping to become the first team to defeat the Seagulls since round 7 – when they themselves posted a 36-26 victory. Tweed have attributed their experience at Kokopo with bringing the team together; helping to spark their current 10-game unbeaten run. This will be an important game for the Hunters who have slipped out of the competition’s top five with three successive losses. In contrast – the Seagulls have a share of second spot following their recent strong run. In team changes – Cody Nelson has been named but will not play. Luke Dumas replaces Albert Kelly (Gold Coast Titans) in the centres while Sam Irwin and Caleb Binge are in the injury ward with Sam Saville and Cory Blair the new editions in the side. This has also caused some positional changes, with Tom Merritt slotting in a fullback for Jamal Fogarty who will start at five-eighth. For the Hunters – there have also been positional changes with captain Israel Eliab shifted to fullback and Adex Wera moved to the centres. Esau Siune, Joe Bruno and Tiger Emere have been ruled out with injury. The new names on an extended bench are Albert Patak, Timothy Lomai and Thompson Teteh.
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS v CQ CAPRAS
Ron Stark Oval, Stradbroke Island on Sunday, July 13 – 2.10pm* (Live on Channel 9 / NBN / WIN)
Referee: Liam Kennedy
Head to Head: Central 26 def Wynnum 18
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvCQC
The Wynnum Manly Seagulls have taken their home game across the water to North Stradbroke Island and will play the CQ Capras in their inaugural Indigenous Recognition game. The event will acknowledge the Quandamooka People and also the club’s past Indigenous greats like Lionel Morgan. The Capras have also embraced the spirit of the event and will recognise the contribution Indigenous people have made to their club by wearing specially designed jerseys for the match. Local Indigenous artist and rugby league identity James Waterton is responsible for the unique jersey design. The Capras will raffle off one of the jerseys (signed by players) at their next home game against Ipswich on July 19. On the field, the Central Queensland side will be keen to bring their winning form from their last game where they recorded a 19-18 result over Burleigh. There has been one change, with youngster Clint Mooney in on the bench for Ben Hauff. The Seagulls have named an unchanged 17 from their round 18 triumph over Souths Logan, including fullback Daniel Ogden – who is now the outright 10th all-time Cup try scorer with 87. Gulls forward John Te Reo (WM/Too/Asp) will also pull on the boots for his 150th Cup game.
NORTHS DEVILS v EASTS TIGERS
Bishop Park on Sunday, July 13 - 3pm
Referee: Rob Gallacher
Head to Head: Norths 20 Easts 17 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #DEVILSvTIGES
Live stream: Tiger TV with Troy Robbins and Mike Higgison http://tigertv.net/
Having been touted as a team to watch all season – the Tigers have hit upon some striking form in recent weeks – heading out on two tough roads trips and coming back with the spoils. After knocking over the PNG Hunters at Kokopo in round 17, Easts had a bye before again impressing with their win over the top-of-the-table Pride in their round 7 catch up game in Mareeba last weekend. Norths however have now lost five games in a row, and will be hoping their recent form against the Tigers holds true, with the Devils winning three of the past four games. There have been extensive changes to their line-up for this game, with Shaun Carney replacing youngster Adrian Henley at fullback, while Joel Bailey is in for BJ Munns at centre and Kainga Turner comes in for Keiran English. On the bench, Josh Jaggle and Byron Creighton come in for Jamie Muller and Lachlan Maranta. For the Tigers, Kenny Bromwich, Tim Glasby and Joel Romelo have been named in an extended Storm side with Shane Neumann (centre) and Queensland Residents players Dane Hogan and Felise Kaufusi named to return. Hogan however is unlikely to play after suffering an injury in Wednesday night’s representative match.
Northern Pride – bye
Team lists for each match can be viewed here: Intrust Super Cup Weekly Teams