The top-of-the-table clash between Sunshine Coast Falcons and Burleigh Bears will wrap-up what is a great weekend of Intrust Super Cup football.
The round kicks off on Friday night with Mackay Cutters hosting Ipswich Jets as the homeside sit in ninth position, but nipping at the heels of their eighth-placed rivals.
This Sunday, the cameras head to Central Queensland as the bottom-placed Capras try to salvage their season against an impressive Norths Devils line-up. The match will be televised on 9Gem with coverage from 1pm and kick off at 1.10pm.
Below are the ‘Stats that Matter’ for each match up in Round 12.
Match: Cutters v Jets
Round 12 -
Venue: BB Print Stadium Mackay, Mackay
Mackay Cutters v Ipswich Jets
BB Print Stadium, Mackay – Friday, May 31 – 7.30pm
Head-to-Head: Ipswich 13 Mackay 8
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #MCvJETS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Cutters 58% Jets 42%
Ipswich have won 8 of the 11 games between these 2 sides in Mackay, including a 54-0 thrashing last year, but this year's Mackay side is very different.
Mackay have won their past two home games and will be determined to continue the winning feeling in front of their home crowd - but it could be a hard challenge against Ipswich who have a good away record, winning 3 of their last 4 games on the road.
It what is sure to be an exciting match-up, Carlin Anderson will be looking for success with the boot, needing just 3 more goals to bring up 200 Intrust Super Cup goals.
It will be a welcome return to the Intrust Super Cup for match official Jarrod Cole, who has been appointed to referee his 93rd game in the competition. The Gold Coast referee suffered a heart attack earlier this year and has worked hard to be ready again to officiate at this level.
He has come back via the local leagues and is looking forward to his statewide competitions return. See the full Round 12 referee appointments on the Referees page.
Match: Tigers v Pride
Round 12 -
Venue: Langlands Park, Brisbane
Easts Tigers v Northern Pride
Langlands Park – Saturday, June 1 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Pride 14 Easts 12
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvPRIDE
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Tigers 94% Pride 6%
Easts and Pride are both looking to turn their season around. While both teams may be deflated by recent form, the two sides always provide a tough and entertaining battle.
Pride are on their worst ever losing run, having lost their last 9 games while Easts started the year well but have lost their last 3 games, dropping from 2nd place on the ladder to 7th.
Match: WM Seagulls v Blackhawks
Round 12 -
Venue: BMD Kougari Oval, Brisbane
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Townsville Blackhawks
BMD Kougari Oval – Saturday, June 1 – 5pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 5 Wynnum 0
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvTVSB
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Seagulls 84% Blackhawks 16%
Livestream: Seagulls TV
Wynnum Manly haven't won 6 games in a row since their premiership winning year in 2012, but will have that chance this weekend when they host Townsville on Saturday afternoon.
Wynnum have been impressive this season, and have won their past 5 games and are proving especially hard to beat in front of their home crowd.
Despite Wynnum Manly's impressive home record, Townsville have the winning-edge over the Seagulls in their past encounters at BMD Kougari, winning both games in the bayside - by 6 points and 4 points.
The game will be an extra special occasion for both sides, with Seagulls hooker Mitch Cronin playing his 100th Intrust Super Cup game (Souths Logan previously) and Blackhawks second rower Temone Power racking up his 50th game for Townsville in the Intrust Super Cup.
Townsville Blackhawk halfback Shaun Nona needs just four more points to reach 600 points in the Intrust Super Cup - will be interesting to see if he can bring it up against his former club.
Match: Dolphins v Hunters
Round 12 -
Venue: Dolphin Stadium, Brisbane
Redcliffe Dolphins v PNG Hunters
Saturday, June 1 – 6.05pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 6 Redcliffe 4 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PHINSvPNG
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Dolphins 88% Hunters 12%
Redcliffe and Papua New Guinea are both suffering their worst ever records after the opening 11 games of the season.
After 11 games; PNG Hunters have just 2 wins on the board and sit in 12th position on the ladder, just two competition points behind this week's opponents, Redcliffe Dolphins. Their previous worst start to the season was 5 wins after 11 rounds in 2018.
Redcliffe, with just 3 wins so far this season, are tracking worse than they were in 2015 when they had just four wins in the opening 11 rounds.
Dolphins coach Adam Mogg will be looking for his team to continue their dominance over the Hunters at Dolphins Stadium, with Redcliffe winning the past 3 games between these two sides on the Peninsula.
Papua New Guinea are always well supported at Redcliffe, but have a hard task ahead of them - having won only one of their last 6 away games.
Match: Capras v Devils
Round 12 -
Venue: Browne Park, Rockhampton
CQ Capras v Norths Devils
Browne Park – Sunday, June 2 – 1.10pm* (Live on 9GEM)
Head-to-Head: Norths 31 Central 10 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #CQCvDEVILS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Capras 9% Devils 91%
Central Queensland have lost their last 10 games, including their last 5 home games and face a tough challenge to climb their way off the bottom of the competition ladder. The last time the Capras defeated Norths Devils at Brown Park was in 2010.
Norths are coming off the back of a tough loss to Wynnum Manly last weekend, and will be encouraged by the fact they have won the past 13 games between these 2 sides, including the last 7 in Central Queensland.
Match: Seagulls v Magpies
Round 12 -
Venue: Piggabeen Sports Complex, Tweed Heads
Tweed Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies
Piggabeen Sports Complex – Sunday, June 2 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Souths Logan 18 Tweed 15
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TWEEDvSLM
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Seagulls 94% Magpies 6%
Tweed Heads will be fighting to retain their fourth place position when they take on Souths Logan at home. Tweed, flying high after winning their past 4 games, will face a tough Souths Logan side who have lost their past 5 games.
The statistics are in Souths Logan's favour, with the Magpies recording wins in the last 7 games between the two sides, including the last 3 at Piggabeen.
The Tweed faithful will be celebrating halfback Lindon McGrady's 50th Intrust Super Cup game.
Match: Falcons v Bears
Round 12 -
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Burleigh Bears
Sunshine Coast Stadium – Sunday, June 2 – 2.30pm
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 13 Sunshine Coast 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvBEARS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Falcons 87% Bears 13%
Livestream: Bears TV
Sometimes, they save the best for last, and that looks to be true in Round 12 of the Intrust Super Cup.
The top-of-the-table clash will see the undefeated Sunshine Coast Falcons host the second-placed Burleigh Bears for a great Sunday afternoon of footy on the coast.
The Sunshine Coast are on their best ever winning streak, having won 11 in-a-row. But, Burleigh have also impressed in the opening rounds, winning 9 games, including their past 7.
The Bears are aiming to be the first team in 2019 to defeat a high-flying Falcons side and in-turn win 8 straight for the first time since 2005.
With impressive attack and hard-hitting defence on both sides, this game is sure to the highlight of the round.
*Statistics by Brad Tallon
**NOTE: The livestreams linked in this preview are not official QRL productions unless stated