Round 16 Intrust Super Cup preview

The hottest rivalries in the Intrust Super Cup are set to flare up again this weekend.

Milestone games will be reached by the likes of Ben Shea, Jonus Pearson, Dave Taylor and Pat Politoni, while all eyes will be on whether several NRL stars appear, including Australian Test player Justin O'Neill.

See team lists for Round 16 here.

IPSWICH JETS v EASTS TIGERS
North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, June 30 – 1.10pm
Live on Channel 9 QLD – broadcast from 1pm
Head-to-Head: Easts 23 Ipswich 21 Drawn 1
Twitter: #IntrustSuperCup #JETSvTIGES

• Ben Shea is set to play his 150th Intrust Super Cup game for Ipswich, having started out at Wynnum Manly.
• Shane Neumann (87) needs 2 more tries to equal Reggie Cressbrook as the 10th top try scorer in Intrust Super Cup history.
• In Round 3 this year Ipswich defeated Easts 32-26.
• The last 3 games between these sides have been decided by a converted try or less.
• Easts have won the last two games between these sides at North Ipswich, but Ipswich have won 5 of their 7 games at home this year.

NORTHS DEVILS v SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES
Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, June 30 – 5pm
Head-to-Head: Norths 24 Souths 19 Drawn 1
Twitter: #IntrustSuperCup #DEVILSvSLM

• Norths have won only 1 of their last 6 games, dropping from 2nd to 8th, while Souths-Logan have lost their last 3 games, dropping from 2nd to 5th.
• Norths' win in Round 3 this year was their first win against Souths-Logan in 9 games. They defeated the Magpies 26-24.
• Norths lost their last game at Suncorp Stadium, 31-18 to Wynnum in round four.
• This is Souths-Logan's first game at Suncorp since Round 15, 2004 when they lost 34-28 to Toowoomba.
Will Korbin Sims play for the Devils? He played Colts and Mal Meninga Cup for the Devils, but never Intrust Super Cup. He is due back soon from a broken jaw.

See the Round 16 Referees Appointments here

NORTHERN PRIDE v TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS
Atherton Showgrounds on Saturday, June 30 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 6 Pride 1 Drawn 1
Twitter: #IntrustSuperCup #PRIDEvTSVB

• This is the 4th ever Cup game held in Atherton. The Pride lost their only other game there 24-14 to Burleigh in 2016.
• The Pride defeated Townsville 26-6 at Jack Manski Oval in Round 3.
• Pride have won their last 4 games, while Townsville have won their last 3 games.
• Townsville have won 9 of their last 10 games; moving from 12th after Round 4 to the competition lead.
• This will be the 100th game for the Northern Pride for Sheldon Powe-Hobbs.

CQ CAPRAS v MACKAY CUTTERS
Browne Park on Saturday, June 30 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Mackay 14 Central 6
Twitter: #IntrustSuperCup #CQCvMC
Livestream: Capras TV

• After playing with Central Queensland, Toowoomba, Aspley and Tweed Heads, former Australian rep Dave Taylor brings up his 50th Intrust Super Cup game.
• Mackay have won the last 3 games between these sides and have won 6 of the last 7 games between the sides at Browne Park.
• Mackay defeated Central 18-16 in Round 3.
• Mackay have lost their last 5 games – and are still going for their 100th win.
• Central have lost their last 7 games.

BURLEIGH BEARS v TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS
Pizzey Park on Sunday, July 1 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 16 Tweed 13 Drawn 1
Twitter: #IntrustSuperCup #BEARSvTHS
Livestream: Bears TV

Bryce Cartwright is out for Tweed with a broken hand suffered at training, while Jamal Fogarty is a question mark for Burleigh after a recurrence of his ankle injury.
• Burleigh 32 defeated Tweed 12 in Round 3 of this season, and Burleigh have won the last 5 games between these sides, including the last 2 at Pizzey.
• Burleigh have lost their last 2 homes games after winning their previous 9.
• Tweed have won 3 of their last 4 away games after losing their previous 8.
• Henare Wells and Pat Politoni both celebrate 50 games in Burleigh colours.

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS v WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS
Dolphin Stadium on Sunday, July 1 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 29 Wynnum 17 Drawn 2
Twitter: #IntrustSuperCup #PHINSvWYN
Livestream: Seagulls TV

• The away team has won the last 5 games between these sides, however Redcliffe have won 4 of their last 5 home games.
• Tom Opacic has been named to play for both the Brisbane Broncos and the Dolphins.
• Wynnum half Michael Dobson is due back from knee injury.
• Daniel Ogden needs 1 more try to become the first player to score 150 tries in his 189th game
• Jonus Pearson is set for his 50th Intrust Super Cup game in Redcliffe colours. The Dolphins defeated Wynnum Manly 36-20 in Round 3.

PNG HUNTERS v SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS
National Football Stadium on Sunday, July 1 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 5 Sunshine Coast 5
Twitter: #IntrustSuperCup #PNGvSCF

• A rematch of last year's grand final, won 12-10 by the PNG Hunters in the final 90 seconds.
• In Round 3 Sunshine Coast defeated PNG 24-10.
• PNG have won 3 of their 4 home games v Sunshine Coast.
• PNG have won 5 of their 6 home games this year.
• Hunters winger Junior Rau will play his first Intrust Super Cup since scoring two tries on Suliasi Vunivalu for PNG v Fiji last weekend.

*Statistics by Brad Tallon
NOTE: The live streams linked in this preview are not official QRL productions.