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Round 13 Preview: Hunter makes history

Round 13 of the Intrust Super Cup kicks off on Saturday afternoon with the Capras looking to find some luck as they host the Townsville Blackhawks; while at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park, a key PNG Hunters player is set to make history for his club.

CQ Capras v Townsville Blackhawks
Browne Park on Saturday, June 2 – 1.10pm
Live on Channel 9 QLD – broadcast from 1pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 5 Central 0 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #CQCvTSVB 

  • It was yet another close loss for the Capras last weekend, with the team fighting hard with a depleted bench against Redcliffe to go down 20-14.
  • It was their fourth loss in a row.
  • The two sides have played out one draw; at Jack Manski in Round 11 last year.
  • The Blackhawks have won both games played at Rockhampton’s Browne Park.
  • Townsville have won only one of their past four, and two of their past seven away games.
  • If there are three successful goals in this game, it will be the 20,000th in Cup history.

Ipswich Jets v Burleigh Bears 
North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, June 2 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 23 Ipswich 15 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #JETSvBEARS 

  • The Jets return home after a disappointing loss to the Magpies, while the Bears were 20-10 winners over Mackay last weekend.
  • While the Bears are dominant overall; the home team has won the past three games between these two sides.
  • Burleigh have won six of their past seven games between these two sides.
  • This will be the 50th Cup game for Jet Kierran Moseley (pictured below). Previously with Burleigh, Tweed Heads and Townsville, the former (Titans-contracted) hooker has found a new lease on life in Ipswich.
  • Opposing hooker Pat Politoni continues to impress in the competition; and again finished near the top of the most tackles tally for Round 12.

See the Round 13 Referees Appointments here

Easts Tigers v PNG Hunters 
Suzuki Stadium on Saturday, June 2 – 4pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 3 Easts 2 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvPNG 

  • PNG Hunters rake Wartovo Puara (pitured below) will play his 100th game for his club this weekend; making him the first Hunter to do. That number includes last year’s Intrust Super Championship match played against Penrith Panthers before last year’s NRL grand final.
  • It will be an added milestone for him, with the experienced player taking over the captaincy duties in place of an unwell Ase Boas.
  • Butler Morris and Charlie Simon are the two additions to this weekend’s squad.
  • While the Hunters have won the past three games between these two sides; they have not won a game against Easts at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.  
  • Boosted by the inclusion of players such as Christian Welch, the Tigers found some great form last weekend when they clicked into gear to soundly beat the Wynnum Manly Seagulls 54-16.
  • They have won two of their past five home games this year while PNG have only won one of their six away games this year. It came against Wynnum Manly in Round 10. 

Round 12 Judiciary Results

Mackay Cutters v Wynnum Manly Seagulls 
BB Print Stadium Mackey on Saturday, June 2 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Mackay 11 Wynnum 9
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #MCvWYN 
Livestream: Seagulls TV 

  • Mackay have been unlucky not to win more games this season; having struggled to hold on in close matches.
  • Last weekend they again played with spirit against the high-flying Bears; but were unable to grab an upset win.
  • The Cutters, however, have won the past three games played against the Seagulls.
  • The Seagulls, however, will be hoping Mackay’s recent home form continues; with the Cutters having lost their past three games at BB Print Stadium.
  • This will be a milestone match for Seagulls forward Alex Barr who will suit up for his 50th Cup game (all Wynnum Manly) this weekend.
  • Due to Origin duty and suspension, Mackay’s Sam Hoare has been called up to the Cowboys while rising player Mitch Dunn has been travelling with the squad who play the Sea Eagles tonight.

Northern Pride v Souths Logan Magpies 
Barlow Park on Saturday, June 2 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Pride 14 Souths Logan 8
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PRIDEvSLM

  • The Magpies have been hitting their stride in recent weeks and were impressive in their 34-18 win over the Ipswich Jets.
  • It was a standout performance from David Fifita (in just his second game) who scored a run-away try; but there will be interest to see how he backs up that effort this week.
  • Souths Logan take good form into this upcoming game against the Northern Pride; having won the past four games between the two sides.
  • These include the past two games played at Barlow Park by a margin of 4 points and 6 points.
  • However, the Pride have won 4 of their past five games at Barlow Park and will be looking for that streak to continue.

Redcliffe Dolphins v Tweed Head Seagulls 
Dolphin Stadium on Saturday, June 2 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 22 Tweed 9
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PHINSvTHS

  • The Tweed Heads Seagulls have been enjoying a dream run of results of late and their win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons was their sixth straight this season.
  • However, they had to overcome the loss of the competition’s leading try scorer, Brayden McGrady, to injury; but they are set to have Konrad Hurrell back in the centres.
  • It will be a tough test for the team who go up against a Redcliffe side who will be looking to lift from a somewhat flat performance against the Capras last weekend where they left things late to secure the win.
  • Home advantage will also favour the Dolphins, with the home team having won the past three games played between these two sides. 

Sunshine Coast Falcons v North Devils
Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, June 3 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Norths 11 Sunshine Coast 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvDEVILS

  • Both teams are coming off losses and will look to this match to bounce back to build into the back half of the season.
  • The Sunshine Coast will also be looking to lift for their home fans; having struggled at home in recent weeks; losing three of their past four games at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
  • The Devils have also struggled away from home in recent outings, losing three of their past four games on the road.
  • However, they have won seven of their past eight games played at Kawana. (The Falcons won their game against the Devils at the stadium in 2016.)
  • It was a tough performance for Devil Iain Riccardi in his side’s loss to the Pride last week, with the club reporting he played on for 30 minutes with a suspected broken hand.

*Statistics by Brad Tallon

NOTE: The livestreams linked in this preview are not official QRL productions.