Intrust Super Cup Round 12 preview
Redcliffe Dolphins v CQ Capras
Dolphin Stadium on Saturday, May 26 -1.10pm
Live on Channel 9 QLD – broadcast from 1pm
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 33 Central 7 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PHINSvCQC
- Two players will reach their 50th milestone in this Saturday’s TV game, with Redcliffe fullback Tony Tumusa (previously with CQ and Sunshine Coast) and Capra Maipele Morseu both named to play.
- Although they put in a strong effort against the Hunters last week, it was the Capras third loss in a row, and their eighth away loss.
- The home side have an impressive record in the head-to-head tally, and have won the past seven games between the two sides.
- The Capras have also struggled to get a winning result at Dolphin Stadium and have won only two of the past 20 games played there – back in 2004 and 2009. They achieved a draw there in 2014.
Burleigh Bears v Mackay Cutters
Pizzey Park on Saturday, May 26 – 4pm
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 10 Mackay 8 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #BEARSvMC
- The Bears have continued to impress this season and secured a good win over the Tigers last weekend in Jamal Fogarty’s comeback game.
- Burleigh will be confident of maintaining their good form for this game; having won the past three and six of their past seven games against the Cutters, including the past four played at Pizzey Park.
- It is an imposing home record for the Bears who have won seven of their past eight games at Pizzey Park, last losing to Redcliffe.
- However, Mackay’s form has been improving and they will be encouraged by the fact both sides have won five of the 10 games played at the venue.
- The Cutters, who saw Cooper Bambling slot straight back into their side last week after returning from Canberra are chasing their 100th Cup win in their 240th game. They have drawn 10 and lost 130.
- Both teams are littered with NRL talent, with Ben Hannant set to feature off the bench for the Bears, while Lachlan Coote has again been named at fullback for Mackay.
Northern Pride v Norths Devils
Barlow Park on Saturday, May 26 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Pride 16 Norths 4 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PRIDEvDEVILS
- The Devils played in one of the more entertaining games of the season so far last weekend, just going down to the Jets.
- They face a tough road trip this weekend to face the Pride as they have only one win (earned last year) and one draw (in 2012) from 10 games played at Barlow Park.
- The Pride however have won three of their past four home games.
- This will be the 500th Cup game for Norths. They have won 250, drawn 18 and lost 231.
- Meanwhile, it is also a milestone match for the Pride who bring up game 250th. The NQ club have won 150, drawn 3 and lost 96.
- Two players who were charged by the QRL Judiciary are both free to play, with Guy Williams (Norths) and Emry Pere (Pride) both making early guilty pleas.
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Sunshine Coast Falcons
Piggabeen Sports Complex on Sunday, May 27 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Tweed 11 Sunshine Coast 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #THSvSCF
- The recent winning run of the Tweed Heads Seagulls continued last week, with a strong opening half enough to overcome the Northern Pride.
- Their scoreless second half however would be a concern for coach Ben Woolf, as they will be coming up against a Falcons side fighting to kick-start their way back into winning form.
- The Falcons struggled against the class of the Phins last weekend in the James Ackerman Cup, but have some classy players set to feature in their line-up, including young hooker Harry Grant (vide below) who is fresh from making his NRL debut last round.
- The Gulls have won their past five games in a row – the first time they have done so since 2014.
- The Sunshine Coast will be aiming to follow the pattern of their recent results against Tweed Heads as they have won five of the past six games played against them.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Easts Tigers
BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, May 27 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Easts 23 Wynnum 22 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvTIGES
Livestream: Seagulls TV
- It’s make or break for local rivals the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Easts Tigers, with both proud clubs in the bottom half of the table.
- Wynnum have won the past four games between these two sides, while Easts have lost their last four games to be three wins adrift of the top six.
- Normally a powerhouse at home, the Seagulls have lost their aura at Kougari Oval, having gone six games without a win.
- Easts have named a classy spine, with Storm young guns Scott Drinkwater, Billy Walters and Brodie Croft named in key positions.
- Wynnum has plenty of star power in key positions as well, with Queensland Residents hopefuls Patrick Templeman, Shaun Nona and Mitch Cronin in the starting line-up.
PNG Hunters v Townsville Blackhawks
National Football Stadium on Sunday, May 27 - 3pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 5 Townsville 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvTSVB
- After a slow start, 2017 premiers the PNG Hunters are building some good momentum with recent wins over Wynnum Manly and CQ.
- The Hunters will need all of that momentum to get over the top of Blackhawks, who have won their past six games.
- PNG have won all three games between these two sides in PNG.
- Hunters winger Edene Gebbie is free to play after taking an early plea to a Dangerous Contact charge.
- The Blackhawks will take a strong line-up to the National Football Stadium, with the NRL experienced contingent of Jake Marketo, Jaelen Feeney and Zac Santo (who returned from New Zealand last week) set to play a key role.
>>> QRL Media’s Living League crew will be out at Davies Park this weekend – before sure to have your opinions ready for HearSay. See last week’s video below:
Souths Logan Magpies v Ipswich Jets
Davies Park on Sunday, May 27 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Ipswich 25 Souths Logan 17 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SLMvJETS
- A massive Round 11 contest is set to thrill fans who make their way to Davies Park.
- Ipswich have won 13 of the 15 games between these two sides at Davies Park, including the last six. Their only losses were in 2010 and 1997.
- The sixth-placed Jets are coming off an enthralling 32-25 victory over Norths Devils, who conceded a staggering five penalty goals off the boot of Wes Conlon.
- Third-placed Souths Logan have been one of the competition’s most consistent teams in the opening half of the year, racking up seven wins from their opening 10 games.
- Young Queensland excitement machine Corey Allan scored a hat-trick in last weekend’s 42-30 win over Mackay.
*Statistics by Brad Tallon
NOTE: The livestreams linked in this preview are not official QRL productions.