Round 8 of the Intrust Super Cup will once against kick off on a Thursday; with the Burleigh Bears hosting the PNG Hunters in their annual Anzac Day clash at Pizzey Park.
This weekend will also see a change in the TV scheduling, with the cameras heading to Ron Stark Oval in North Stradbroke Island to see the Souths Logan Magpies and Wynnum Manly Seagulls face off. The match will be broadcast on GEM (not Channel 9) – but the kick-off time will remain 1.10pm as usual.
Below are the ‘Stats that Matter’ for each match up in Round 8.
Burleigh Bears v PNG Hunters
Pizzey Park on Thursday, April 25 – 4.05pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 7 Burleigh 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #BEARSvPNG
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Bears 96% PNG 4%
Livestream: BEARS TV
- The annual Anzac Day clash between Burleigh and Hunters is always one to mark in the calendar; with the Bears home game providing a ceremony to honour those who served.
- The Round 8 game will be the sixth time these teams have met to commemorate Anzac Day at Pizzey Park, with Burleigh winning three and the Hunters two.
- This match will also be coach Jim Lenihan's 200th Intrust Super Cup game in charge of Burleigh. He has 106 wins, 5 draws and 88 losses and is the fourth Cup coach to reach this mielstone.
- Burleigh have won their last 3, and 5 of their last 6, home games.
- Hunters half Ase Boas needs 5 points to bring up 500 for the Hunters, including 10 in the NRL SC Final.
- Bears half Jamal Fogarty needs 3 more goals to bring up 200 for Burleigh.
- The match will see some personnel changes, with Pat Politoni back from suspension for the Bears, while Jordan Pat is set to become SP Hunter No.81 when he runs off the interchange bench.
Easts Tigers v Redcliffe Dolphins
Langlands Park on Saturday, April 27 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 31 Easts 17 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvPHINS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Tigers 91% Redcliffe 9%
- The Redcliffe Dolphins hit some form last Sunday in their strong win over Tweed; and things are shaping up nicely for a good 'grand final replay' clash against the Tigers.
- This will be the 50th Cup match between the two sides - the Dolphins have won the past four and six of the past seven games against the Tigers; including the 2018 grand final.
- Redcliffe have also won three of the past four games played against Easts at Langlands Park; however, the Tigers have won 10 of the past 11 games at their home ground.
- After a poor start to the season, Redcliffe have lost their past three away games.
Townsville Blackhawks v CQ Capras
Jack Manski Oval on Saturday, April 27 – 4pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 6 Central 0 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvCQC
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Townsville 96% Capras 4%
- Both teams come into this match with losses; but the Capras will be the ones with the biggest point to prove after conceding 50 points against the top-of-the-table Falcons last week. It was their sixth loss in a row and the challenge remains high for the side when they face Townsville.
- The Capras have never beaten the Blackhawks in seven outings; but have once recorded a draw. This result came at Jack Manski Oval in 2017.
- Since that draw however, Central have won only one of their 19 away games.
- While the result have not come for the CQ side, it’s not been via a lack of effort; with many players – including forward Aaron Pene – impressing with his contributions.
- For the Blackhawks, fans were happy to see Sam Hoare return to the field last week and he has again been named to play this weekend after his long injury layoff. He is joined on the interchange bench by another talented player who has had injury battles of his own, with Josh Chudleigh named in jersey 14.
- The experienced Eddy Pettybourne has also been named in the reserves list for CQ; and fans will be hoping to see how far away he is from making way onto the field for the Capras.
Match: Blackhawks v Capras
Round 8 -
Venue: Jack Manski Oval, Townsville
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Mackay Cutters
Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, April 27 – 4pm
Head-to-Head: Mackay 15 Sunshine Coast 5
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvMC
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Falcons 97% Cutters 3%
- After the big win over the Capras last weekend, the Sunshine Coast have now won their first seven games of the season; the first time this has been done since Wynnum Manly did so on their way to winning the 2012 premiership.
- It will be a tough ask for the Cutters to upset the Falcons this weekend, with the Sunny Coast having won three of their past four games between the two sides.
- The Falcons have also been strong at home of late, winning their past four matches there. They have also won seven of their past eight home games.
- Mackay’s record on the road is one they need to overcome as they have won one of their past 11 away games with one drawn result.
- The club try-scoring record of 30 (currently held by Ryley Jacks and Matt Soper-Lawler) is still eluding Falcons centre Justin Olam who needs one more to join that club.
- The Falcons have two of the leaders in the race of this year’s Petero Civoniceva Medal in hooker Harry Grant and halfback Todd Murphy with 10 points apiece. However, Cutters and Cowboys backrower Shane Wright is not far behind them with eight points so far.
Norths Devils v Northern Pride
Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, April 27 – 5pm
Head-to-Head: Pride 17 Norths 4 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #DEVILSvPRIDE
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Devils 91% Pride 9%
- NRL fans attending the Broncos v Sharks clash at Suncorp Stadium can get their Intrust Super Cup fix by getting into the ground early on Saturday. Those that do will get the opportunity to watch the in-form Norths Devils in action against the Pride.
- Norths have hit their straps in recent weeks, downing both the Jets and Blackhawks with clinical performances.
- Rising talent Ethan Bullemor raced in a double against the Blackhawks last weekend.
- Norths back-rower Brandon Lee will notch his 50th Cup game, a milestone matched by the Pride’s Brayden Torpy.
- The Pride have lost their last five games in a worrying sign, but they can draw inspiration from their last meeting against Norths at Suncorp Stadium, a 30-20 grand final win back in 2010.
Souths Logan Magpies v Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Ron Stark Oval, Dunwich on Sunday, April 28 – 1.10pm* (Live on GEM)
Head-to-Head: Wynnum 30 Souths Logan 13 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup # SLMvWYN
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Magpies 17% Wynnum Manly 83%
- Souths Logan will be without co-captain Guy Hamilton for this match after the five-eighth was suspended for two matches (Grade 2 Dangerous Contact). His absence is a significant blow for the Magpies as they look to resurrect their season.
- After seven rounds, the Davies Park-club has slipped to 12th-spot on the ladder.
- Wynnum Manly is flying high in fourth spot after accounting for the Northern Pride last weekend.
- The picturesque Ron Stark Oval on North Stradbroke Island will provide a stunning backdrop to the Round 8 clash.
- Wynnum have won all four previous games at Ron Stark Oval, including a 40-32 result over Souths Logan in 2015.
- Promising half Tom Dearden has been named at five-eighth for the Seagulls, but could yet be a late scratching if he is handed his NRL debut for the Broncos in their crunch match against the Sharks.
Tweed Seagulls v Ipswich Jets
Piggabeen Sports Complex on Sunday, April 28 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Tweed 20 Ipswich 14
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TWEEDvJETS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Tweed 55% Jets 45%
- Ipswich enters this match full of confidence after a convincing win over the Hunters in PNG last weekend.
- Former Devil Rogan “Guns” Dean crossed for a try on debut for the Jets in their 28-10 victory. Dean has been named to start at centre this weekend as the Jets chase their fourth win of the season.
- Tweed is two competition points clear of the Jets, adding to the importance of the Round 8 clash.
- Ipswich won’t be able to call on the services of halfback Chris Ash after he copped a one-match suspension for a careless high tackle.
- The Jets have won four of the last five games between these two sides, and three of the past four at Piggabeen.
- Tweed were held to a single try last weekend in their 26-6 loss to Redcliffe at Dolphin Stadium and will relish the opportunity to return home in front of the Piggabeen faithful.
*Statistics by Brad Tallon
**NOTE: The livestreams linked in this preview are not official QRL productions unless stated