#CountryWeek - Round 19 preview

Regional Queensland - and for the first time, Lae in PNG - will have the chance to experience Intrust Super Cup action this weekend with 'Get in the Game' Country Week matches hitting the road. 

Redcliffe Dolphins v Easts Tigers
Gilbert Oval, Goondiwindi, Saturday, July 21 – 1.10pm
Live on Channel Nine QLD – broadcast from 1pm
Head-to-Head:  Redcliffe 29 Easts 17 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PHINSvTIGES #CountryWeek 

  • This is the first Cup game at Goondiwindi since 1999 when the Logan Scorpions defeated the Toowoomba Clydesdales 28-18.
  • The Toowoomba team that day included future State of Origin players Dane Carlaw, Ashley Harrison, Brad Meyers, Lote Tuqiri and Carl Webb.
  • Redcliffe is flying high under Adam Mogg, having won their past four games, and seven of their last eight, to occupy top spot.
  • Easts are also on a roll, with last weekend’s win over Mackay their fourth in succession.
  • Easts centre Shane Neumann is now the 10th most prolific Cup try-scorer with 90 after passing Reggie Cressbrook (89) last weekend.

Burleigh Bears v CQ Capras
Eskdale Park, Maryborough, Saturday, July 21 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 32 Central 9
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #BEARSvCQC #CountryWeek 

  • Maryborough’s Eskdale Park welcomes the Bears and Capras in this intriguing Round 19 clash.
  • While Central have won only two of the first 29 games between these sides, they have won eight of the last 14.
  • Jimmy Lenihan’s Bears hold down third position on the ladder, an ideal platform to launch into September finals action.
  • They travel to Maryborough without injured representative duo Jamal Fogarty and forward Blake Leary, two players who hold the key to the Bears’ prospects of emulating their 2016 premiership feats.
  • Former Origin and Test forward Dave Taylor spearheads a CQ team looking for win number six this year.

Sunshine Coast Falcons v Mackay Cutters
Denison Park, Bowen, Saturday, July 21 – 4pm (updated time)
Head-to-Head: Mackay 15 Sunshine Coast 4
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvMC #CountryWeek 

  • Sunshine Coast thumped Mackay 32-4 in their first encounter this year at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
  • This game will be a whole new ball game though for a Falcons team laced with young Melbourne Storm talent, many of whom will be travelling to Bowen for the first time.
  • Mackay have the talent to post an upset, but they will need to improve after eight-straight losses.
  • An upset win would see the Cutters notch a century – they currently sit on 99 wins, 10 draws and 137 losses overall.
  • Sunshine Coast speedster Matt Soper-Lawler now has 26 tries for the Falcons, two behind their try-scoring leader Dennis Sandow, and one behind Ryley Jacks who has been named for the Round 19 clash. 

Northern Pride v Ipswich Jets
John Street Oval, Cooktown, Saturday, July 21 – 4pm
Head-to-Head: Ipswich 12 Pride 11 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PRIDEvJETS #CountryWeek 

  • Cooktown will provide a spectacular backdrop when these teams meet for the second time this year, with the Jets having prevailed in their first meeting 16-12 at home.
  • Ipswich have lost five of their past seven games and are now very much playing to keep their finals hopes alive.
  • In contrast, the Pride have won five of their last seven games, and are travelling well enough to figure in the top six by season’s end despite two recent losses.
  • Marmin Barba has moved to 64 tries for the Jets – he is now equal second for the Jets with Ricky Bird. Donald Malone is the leader on 67.
  • Javid Bowen has moved to 42 tries for the Pride – he is now equal third for the Pride with Hezron Murgha. Brett Anderson leads on 75, with Davin Crampton on 45.
  • This will be the 100th match for Graham Clark (Pride / Wynnum Manly), and the 50th for Ipswich star Michael Purcell.
The Northern Pride's Javid Bowen.
The Northern Pride's Javid Bowen.

Souths Logan Magpies v Wynnum Manly Seagulls
John Henry Memorial Oval, Normanton, Saturday, July 21 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Wynnum 29 Souths Logan 13 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SLMvWYN #CountryWeek 
Livestream: Seagulls TV

  • The Souths Logan Magpies will be aiming to build on their drought-breaking win last weekend when they take on the Seagulls in Normanton.
  • The win over Tweed Heads saw them snap a five-game losing streak.
  • After posting a Round 17 victory, Wynnum Manly Seagulls were brought back down to earth by the Falcons and have now lost three of their past four games.
  • The Magpies have won the last two games played between the two sides and claimed a big 40-6 victory in Round 5 when they faced off at Davies Park.
  • There’s a huge day of rugby league planned at John Henry Memorial Oval with Battle of the Gulf finals also taking place.

Tweed Heads Seagulls v Townsville Blackhawks
Flinders Sports Ground, Hughenden, Sunday, July 22 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 6 Tweed 0
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvTHS #CountryWeek 

  • The two Woolf brothers go head-to-head once more with the 11th-placed Tweed Heads Seagulls (Ben Woolf) hoping to upset the second-placed Townsville Blackhawks (Kristian Woolf).
  • When the two sides met at Jack Manski Oval in Round 5; the Blackhawks proved much too strong, posting a 38-4 win.
  • That win was Townville’s sixth against the Gulls who have never been able to topple the Blackhawks.
  • Townsville have won their games against the Gulls by an average of 35 points. The smallest winning margin has been 28. 

 

Guy Williams of the Norths Devils.
Guy Williams of the Norths Devils.

PNG Hunters v Norths Devils
Lae Football Oval, PNG, Sunday, July 22, 3pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 4 Norths 4
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvDEVILS #CountryWeek 

  • After undergoing a thorough approval process; regional fans in PNG will have their first opportunity to take part in Country Week with Lae Rugby League Ground to host the historic event.
  • Hunters players arrived in Lae today and have a full program of community engagements leading up to game day.
  • The Hunters will be hoping to avenge their 34-22 loss to the Devils earlier this year with a win at the Lae ground.
  • The Hunters have won seven of nine games played in PNG this year.
  • The Devils have won four of their nine away games this year and are in good form as well; having claimed victory in their past three games.
  • Norths forward Guy Williams is set to play in his 233rd game; passing Matt King to move to sixth position for all time Cup games played.
  • Hunters veteran Adex Wera requires one more try to become the first player to score 50 tries for the Hunters.
  • This will also be the 50th Cup game for Norths forward Sam Tagataese who has also previously played for the Jets.

*Statistics by Brad Tallon

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