Intrust Super Cup Round 14 preview

A highly-anticipated top of the table matchup headlines Round 14, with the second-placed Wynnum Manly Seagulls hoping to upset the flying Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The ladder-leading Falcons, who remain undefeated after 13 rounds, travel to Kougari on Sunday afternoon in their bid to continue their unbeaten run and break the record for the most consecutive wins at the start of a season.

In other matches this weekend, a mouth-watering battle between the third-placed Burleigh Bears and fourth-placed Norths Devils at Pizzey Park gets the action underway on Saturday afternoon.

The Central Queensland Capras will hope to find inspiration from their supporters in the west when facing Souths Logan Magpies in Biloela, after stars Matt Wright and Bill Cullen exited the club this week for Newcastle Thunder UK and Easts Tigers respectively. 

Both Mackay Cutters and Townsville Blackhawks will don beanies at their home games against Easts and Ipswich Jets on Saturday night, raising much needed funds for the fight against brain cancer.

The 9Gem cameras will be at Dolphin Stadium on Sunday for Redcliffe's bid to chalk up win number 350, and PNG host the Tweed Seagulls, who are flying under the radar in fifth-position.

Match officials: Round 14 referee appointments

Below are the ‘Stats that Matter’ for each match up in Round 14 – thanks to Brad Tallon.

Burleigh Bears v Norths Devils
Pizzey Park on Saturday, June 15 – 4pm
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 24 Norths 22
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #BEARSvDEVILS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Burleigh 89% Norths 11%
Livestream: Bears TV

  • Third-placed Burleigh take on the fourth-placed Norths to open Round 14 of the Intrust Super Cup  
  • Norths started their 2019 season with a win over Burleigh at home, and have won the last four games between these two sides, including the last two at Pizzey Park
  • Burleigh have won their last six, and nine of their last 10, games at home
  • Bears halfback Jamal Fogarty only requires three more points to bring up 750 in the Cup, the 12th player to reach this milestone and only requires three goals to bring up 300, the tenth player to achieve this feat

Central Queensland Capras v Souths Logan Magpies
Biloela Rugby League Grounds on Saturday, June 15 – 5.30pm
Head-to-Head: Central 20 Souths Logan 23 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #CQCvSLM
Tipping % - via QRL TippingCapras 37% Magpies 63%

  • The Capras are taking their Round 14 match west this weekend, last travelling to Biloela in Round 10, 2013
  • Central's only win this season was against the Magpies 36-14 in Round 1, and are hoping to repeat their success to break an 11-game losing streak
  • Souths Logan have also struggled to find form recently, losing their last seven matches
  • Nathan Bassani plays his 50th Intrust Super Cup game for the Capras after debuting in 2017

Mackay Cutters v Easts Tigers
BB Print Stadium on Saturday, June 15 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Mackay 9 Easts 16
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #MCvTIGES
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Cutters 25% Tigers 75%
Livestream: Cutters TV

  • Easts have won the last four, and seven of the last eight, games between these two sides, the last being a 24-12 victory in this year's opening round
  • The Tigers have been strong at home, but have struggled to win away from Langlands Park, losing their last five, and six of their last seven, away games
  • A win this weekend will bring up their 300th Cup win in their 543rd game
  • The Cutters will be participating in Mark Hughes' Beanies for Brain Cancer initiative this round, helping the fight against the leading cause of cancer death in children and adults aged under 40 in Australia

Townsville Blackhawks v Ipswich Jets
Jack Manski Oval on Saturday, June 15 – 7pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 5 Ipswich 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvJETS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Blackhawks 91% Jets 9%

  • Townsville have won three of their last four home games but the Jets have secured most of their 2019 wins away from home, winning two of their last three, and four of their last six, away games
  • This game is full of milestones; the Jets' Marmin Barba and Blackhawks' Kalifa Faifai Loa make their 100th Cup appearances, and 2016 Courier Mail medallist Josh Chudleigh will play his 50th game after a horror run with back-to-back ACL injuries in the past two seasons
  • Five-eighth Michael Parker-Walshe will move equal with Anthony Mitchell on 72 games for the Blachhawks - the most Cup games for the club
  • The trip north will be the Walkers brothers' 210th at the helm, moving past Rick Stone into the second of all time - only Wayne Treleaven has coached more with 218 
  • Like the Cutters, Townsville will also be wearing beanies for brain cancer, raising money for the Mark Hughes Foundation 

Redcliffe Dolphins v Northern Pride
Dolphin Stadium on Sunday, June 16 – 1.10pm (Live on 9GEM)
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 5 Pride 17
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PHINSvPRIDE
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Dolphins 85% Pride 15%

  • These two teams last met in Round 1 with the Pride getting a narrow 22-18 win over Redcliffe at Barlow Park
  • After finishing in the top four last year, both teams have struggled to find form with Pride only recording three wins, and Redcliffe recording four so far this season
  • Pride have won eight of the 10 games between these two sides at Dolphin Stadium, but have lost their last five away games
  • Redcliffe are aiming for their 350th Cup win in their 554th game

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Sunshine Coast Falcons
BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, June 16 – 2pm
Head-to-Head: Seagulls 11 Falcons 9
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvSCF
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Seagulls 23% Falcons 77%
Livestream: Seagulls TV

  • This highly-anticipated top-of-the-table clash is one for the ages
  • When meeting in Round 1, the Falcons recorded a thrilling 26-24 win to begin their mammoth 13-game winning streak, equalling Tweed's previous competition record for the most consecutive wins to start the season
  • Wynnum have won their last five, and seven of their last eight, home games, but Falcons have won their last seven away games - their best ever away run
  • The Falcons have won the last seven games between these two sides, including the last three at Kougari Oval
  • The Seagulls will relish the return of their metre-eating fullback Edene Gebbie, who has played a major hand in Wynnum's seven-game streak
  • Falcons are aiming for their 100th win in their 250th Cup game - they have 99 wins, five draws and 145 losses

PNG Hunters v Tweed Seagulls
Oil Search Stadium on Sunday, June 16 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 7 Tweed 4
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvTWEED
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Hunters 13% Tweed 87%

  • PNG host the fifth-placed Tweed in the final game of Round 14
  • Both sides have already met this season in Round 1, with the Seagulls getting the two points at Piggabeen 10-0
  • Usually a fortress, the Hunters have won only one of their last seven home games in this year's rebuilding season
  • PNG have won four of the five games between these two sides in PNG, but Tweed are flying away from home, having won four of their last five away games
  • Journeyman Ase Boas plays game 100 for the Hunters and only needs to one more point to amass 500 for PNG - the first player to do so since their inclusion to the Intrust Super Cup in 2014

Judiciary: QRL Judiciary Results - Rd 13

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