Round 2 Intrust Super Cup preview
Burleigh Bears v Norths Devils
Pizzey Park on Saturday, March 11 - 4pm
Referee: Michael Gordon
Assistant Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 24 Norths 18
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #BEARSvDEVILS
The Burleigh Bears will be looking to get their premiership defence back on track when they host the Norths Devils in Round 2’s opening match. The home side have been ravaged by injuries in the pre-season, which has compounded their off-season personnel losses – but have found some local league talents like winger Troy Leo who made his mark with an impressive first half try. However, they will face a stern test against a revamped Norths Devils side who were pipped 18-16 by Townsville in a seesawing game last weekend. The travelling Devils have a poor record at Pizzey Park, and have only won one of their past nine games there. The Bears though have enjoyed a strong recent home run and have lost only one of their past eight home games.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Souths Logan Magpies
Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, March 11 - 4.30pm
Referee: Tyson Brough
Head-to-Head: Souths Logan 11 Sunshine Coast 5 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvSLM
The Falcons will be looking for their backline to fire following a low-scoring draw against fellow Melbourne feeder club Easts. The 7-7 draw was only the second odd number draw in the competition’s history. While he may not have crossed the line for his new side, former Hunter Justin Olam impressed, running for a competition high 196 metres. Despite not being named, forward Dane Hogan is expected to suit up for the Falcons in this game. The Magpies travel up the coast having faced similar problems crossing the try line, with forward Daniel Tamou scoring their sole points in their 17-4 loss last weekend against Wynnum Manly. The Falcons have a strong record at home and have only lost one of their past eight games (with two draws included in that tally) there; but the Magpies too have statistics in their favour and were bested only twice in their past eight games away from Davies Park.