Intrust Super Cup Round 9 preview

A big weekend of Intrust Super Cup this weekend with plenty of action to look forward to between teams in form.

This weekend, the cameras will see the Souths Logan Magpies host the as yet undefeated Sunshine Coast Falcons. The match will be broadcast on GEM (not Channel 9) – with the kick-off at 1.10pm as usual.

The 2019 XXXX Queensland Residents team will also be announced at halftime of the match. The team will also be released on the QRL website.

Below are the ‘Stats that Matter’ for each match up in Round 9.

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Tweed Seagulls v Norths Devils
Piggabeen Sports on Saturday, May 4 – 2pm
Head-to-Head:
Norths 15 Tweed 13 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TWEEDvDEVILS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Tweed 38% Devils 62%

  • After a tough, seesawing win over the Jets last week, the Seagulls will be aiming to keep their positive momentum at home alive this weekend against a strong Norths Devils side.
  • The Gulls have won the past two games played between these sides at Piggabeen Sports Complex and have also won three of their past four home games.
  • It was a strong win last weekend against Pride for the Devils who impressed in their match played at Suncorp Stadium.
  • Norths have also got some good form on the road this year and have won two of their past three away games.

Ipswich Jets v CQ Capras
Woorabinda on Saturday, May 4 – 3pm
Head-to-Head:
Ipswich 29 Central 13 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #JETSvCQC
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Jets 95% Capras 5%

  • A huge day is planned in Woorabinda for this match with a number of community activities also planned for the day.
  • The Central Queensland town will become the 100th Intrust Super Cup venue used since the competition’s inception in 1996. The first game was played at Kougari Oval.
  • The Jets have strong head-to-head form in this game and have won four of the past five and eight of the past 10 games between these two sides.
  • The Capras have had a hard time in the competition following their opening round away win over the Magpies and have lost their past seven games.

Redcliffe Dolphins v Burleigh Bears
Dolphin Stadium on Saturday, May 4 – 6pm
Head-to-Head:
Redcliffe 28 Burleigh 22 Drawn 1
Twitter:
#intrustsupercup #PHINSvBEARS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Phins 21% Bears 79%
Livestream: BEARS TV

  • The Bears come into this game following a big win in Round 8 – a 56-4 result on Anzac Day against the PNG Hunters.
  • Jamal Fogarty and Troy Leo both scored doubles in the 10-tries-to-one win that was also coach Jim Lenihan’s 200th Intrust Super Cup game in charge at the club.
  • Their opponents this weekend the Dolphins will be looking to bounce back and have some good form on their side, having won four of the past five games against the Bears – including the past three played at their home ground Dolphin Stadium.
  • This season, the Phins have won two of their past three home games.
  • However, the Bears have won their past four games, including their last two away from home.
  • This will be Redcliffe coach Adam Mogg's 107th game as Cup coach, moving past Kevin Walters into 16th all time.

Mackay Cutters v Northern Pride
BB Print Stadium, Mackay on Saturday, May 4 – 6pm
Head-to-Head:
Pride 17 Mackay 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #MCvPRIDE
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Cutters 70% Pride 30%

  • This northern derby will also double as a Foley Shield fixture, with the result to be added to the tally to see which northern region (Cairns, Mackay or Townsville) will claim this year’s crown.
  • In the Intrust Super Cup, the visiting Pride side have won the past two and six of the past seven games played against the Cutters.
  • The Pride have also won six of their past seven games played in Mackay.
  • However, Mackay have lost four of their past five and 11 of their last 13 home games.
  • The Pride too have been struggling for form and have lost their past six matches.
  • For this game, recent young debutants Steven Tatipata and Evan Child make way in the team for some more experienced faces including Jordan Biondi-Odo.
  • For the Cutters, forward Sam Johnstone has again been named to play after he worked his way into the team after returning home from a stint with the Rabbitohs earlier this year.

Souths Logan Magpies v Sunshine Coast Falcons
Davis Park on Sunday, May 5 – 1.10pm* (Live on Gem)
Head-to-Head:
Souths-Logan 12 Sunshine Coast 7 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SLMvSCF
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Magpies 7% Falcons 93%

  • Sunshine Coast have won their past eight games, equalling their best ever Cup winning run set in 2010.
  • The Falcons have also won their last two, and three of the last four games between these two sides.
  • Sunshine Coast’s Eric Smith last week became the first coach to win his first eight games as a Cup coach, surpassing Adrian Thomson who won his first seven when the Young Guns came into the competition in 2002. Kevin Walters didn't have a loss in his first nine games in charge of the Toowoomba Clydesdales in 2001, though he have a draw in that run.
  • Todd Murphy, who joined the Falcons from the Norths Devils this year, requires six more points to bring up 100 for the season.
  • Justin Olam requires one more try to equal the club record of 30 held by Ryley Jacks and Matt Soper-Lawler for the Falcons.
  • This will be the 50th Cup game for Nicho Hynes (Mackay /Sunshine Coast).

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Easts Tigers
BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, May 5 – 2.15pm
Head-to-Head:
Easts 24 Wynnum 22 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvTIGES
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Wynnum 39% Tigers 61%
Livestream: SEAGULLS TV

  • Two (Easts) v four (Wynnum) is set to provide a mouth-watering clash between the traditional rivals.
  • With both clubs seemingly destined for the semi-finals, this match looms as an early showcase to this year’s September action.
  • Easts are ticking over nicely, holding out a desperate Redcliffe Dolphins last weekend to obtain win number seven this year.
  • They have a host of players in the mix for selection in the XXXX Queensland Residents team.
  • Wynnum have won four of their past five home games; and like Easts, will have numerous players in the mix for representative honours.
  • Sam Scarlett, a try-scorer in Wynnum’s win over his old club Souths Logan last weekend, is one of those players in the selection frame and will be out for another big performance.

PNG Hunters v Townsville Blackhawks
National Oil Search Stadium on Sunday, May 5 – 3pm
Head-to-Head:
PNG 6 Townsville 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvTSVB
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: PNG 14% Townsville 86%

  • In a worrying sign for PNG fans, the Hunters’ 56-4 loss to Burleigh last week was their biggest ever losing margin.
  • However, PNG have a formidable record against Townsville, having won four of their past five encounters.
  • Townsville have lost two of their last three away games, but they did show their class in last weekend’s 40-4 win over the Central Queensland Capras.
  • Townsville speedster Zac Santo scored three tries in the convincing win. It will take just one more four-pointer from the Blackhawks for the club to reach 3000 overall points in the Cup (they have 1801 against).
  • Ase Boas needs 10 more points to bring up 500 for the Hunters (including 10 in the NRL State Championship Final).

QRL Judiciary Results - Round 8

*Statistics by Brad Tallon

**NOTE: The livestreams linked in this preview are not official QRL productions unless stated