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(please note the WM Redland City v Easts Tigers game day is incorrect in this document)
Logan Brothers v Carina
Saturday, 3pm at Civic Park
The eighth most capped player in Intrust Super/Queensland Cup history is set to play for Logan Brothers this weekend. Coaxed by coach Jason Gainey to strap on the boots, former Easts and Souths Logan representative Wade Liddell has been named to start at hooker. With 212 Cup games under his belt, the Logan junior is a massive shot of experience in a young team.
Carina’s four game unbeaten streak came to end last week at the hands of Redcliffe. The strong running Maui Poe returns at centre in one of three changes to the backline, with Paul Cullen and Brett Ferguson also named. The last meeting between these two sides in Round 2 saw Logan Brothers win 46-16.
Gaters v West Brisbane Panthers
Saturday, 3.30pm at Southpine Sports Complex
Gaters are hosting their annual Remembering Gaters Greats day at Southpine Sporting Complex on Saturday afternoon with a bumper crowd of past players, supporters and families expected. Four games are scheduled as well as a jumping castle, raffles and live entertainment. Off-field action aside, the main event promises to be equally as engaging.
West Brisbane Panthers have knocked off two top three sides (Logan Brothers and Ipswich) in the past fortnight and now sit two wins from sixth place. Gaters look set to be without flyer Marlon Doak, who is in line to make his Redcliffe Dolphins debut in the Intrust Super Cup. The former Central Queensland Capras representative has scored 16 tries in the BRL this year.
Wynnum Manly Redland City v Easts Tigers
Saturday, 4pm at Pinklands Oval
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If these teams were playing Monopoly, both would have used their get out jail free card last weekend. Wynnum Manly Redland City were far from their best, but managed to survive a gritty challenge from Normanby, while the Tigers scored late to get past Gaters 28-25.
The Seagulls have regained the services of halfback Matthew Smith and young second rower Brad Mana after both earned late Cup call-ups last round. Mana made his top grade debut and looms as an influential player as finals draws closer.
The Tigers could be missing some strike, with Whetu Austin named to play his first Cup game for head coach Craig Ingebrigtsen. Easts showed great composure against Gaters and despite playing roster changes throughout the season their defence remains statistically the second best in the competition.
Redcliffe Dolphins v Normanby Hounds
Sunday, 11.45am at Dolphin Oval
The Dolphins’ backline crossed for seven tries against Carina in Round 10, with Evander Cummins and Josh Rudolph getting doubles. Their speed could well be the deciding factor in this game as well. Redcliffe sit five-and-five after 10 matches and will be keen to solidify a position in the top six.
Normanby pushed second-placed Wynnum Manly Redland City at Davies Park last Sunday and were arguably the better side in their 22-20 defeat. It was a bitter pill to swallow for a side with just one win for the season. After being a late inclusion last round, Lincoln Bowman retains his place in the halves alongside Ollie Olds.
Ipswich Jets v Valleys Diehards
Sunday, 12.15pm at North Ipswich Reserve
The Jets were without a host of regulars last Saturday and paid the price, going down 36-12 to West Brisbane. Ipswich get a few, but not all, troops back when they return home to face the Diehards. After making his Cup debut, Haydan Lipp has again been named on the bench for Ben and Shane Walker, while Richard Pandia is selected on the wing.
Those two absentees leave a big gap in the Jets’ BRL backline. Meanwhile, Valleys completed just three sets in the first half against Logan Brothers before suffering a 26-16 defeat. They have named Shane Picker to return in the backline at fullback.