Intrust Super Cup action returns this weekend with teams getting ready to play in Round 15 of the competition.
The broadcast also returns to Channel 9; with the Northern Pride hosting the PNG Hunters in what is set to be a big match. Coverage begins from 1pm with kick off at 1.10pm.
Elsewhere, the round will begin on Saturday afternoon with the Easts Tigers at home to the Norths Devils.
Below are the ‘Stats that Matter’ for each match up in Round 15 – thanks to Brad Tallon.
Easts Tigers v Norths Devils
Langlands Park on Saturday, June 29 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Easts 23 Norths 22 Drawn 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvDEVILS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Easts 67% Norths 33%
- Norths have named Broncos recruit James Segeyaro in their line-up for the Round 15 clash at Langlands Park.
- Segeyaro – fresh off an appearance with the PNG Kumuls – will look to provide the impact out of dummy half as the Devils aim to exact revenge on the Tigers following their 30-12 defeat of Norths in Round 2. Segeyaro is free to play after accepting an early plea to a Dangerous Throw charge in Round 14.
- Interestingly, the last 11 home and away games between these two sides since 2012 has been won by the away side, with the exception of a draw at Langlands Park in 2016.
- Easts have won eight of their last nine, and 12 of their last 14 games at Langlands Park.
- Both teams are locked on 18 competition points with nine wins and five losses heading into this weekend’s match.
Townsville Blackhawks v Tweed Seagulls
Jack Manski Oval on Saturday, June 29 – 4pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 7 Tweed 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvTWEED
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Townsville 85% Tweed 15%
- Tweed took the big scalp of Townsville 24-16 in their first meeting of the season. Remarkably, it was the Seagulls’ first victory over the Blackhawks in eight attempts.
- Both teams are well placed for an assault on the semi-finals with nine wins each from their opening 14 games.
- Townsville have won all three games over Tweed at Jack Manski by a margin of 30 and 40 points, a record the Seagulls will be eager to overcome on Saturday.
- While Townsville have won four of their last five home games, Tweed have won four of their past six away games.
- Townsville’s Michael Parker-Walshe moves to 73 games for the Blackhawks to become their most capped player from Anthony Mitchell.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v CQ Capras
BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday, June 29 – 5pm
Head-to-Head: Wynnum 33 Central 9 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvCQC
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Wynnum Manly 97% Capras 3%
Livestream: Seagulls TV
- Central put in a spirited performance to record a 24-24 draw with the Magpies in Round 14, breaking a run of 12 losses.
- Centre BJ Aufaga-Toomaga was the star for the Capras, running in two tries and kicking four goals for a personal tally of 16 points.
- Wynnum have won the last four, and eight of the past nine games, between these two sides.
- Wynnum’s outside backs have been in exceptional touch in recent weeks. Winger Edwards Burns and fullback Edene Gebbie have crossed for 19 tries between them.
- Along with Aufaga-Toomaga, the Capras have pace to burn as well with exciting fullback prospect KainoaGudgeon having an exceptional season with nine tries already to his name.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Redcliffe Dolphins
Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, June 29 – 5pm
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 13 Sunshine Coast 9
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvPHINS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Falcons 97% Redcliffe 3%
- Redcliffe Dolphin Aaron Whitchurch will suit up for his 150th game for Redcliffe (tally includes the 2018 Intrust Super Championship game). Named in the second row for this big match against the Falcons, the former Brisbane Broncos is a much-respected member of the Redcliffe line-up.
- The last time the Falcons and Dolphins met in Round 2, it was a 30-6 win to the Sunshine Coast.
- Following their win in Round 14 against Wynnum Manly, the Falcons have won 14 straight, the best ever winning run at the start of a season.
- Redcliffe have won three of the past four games played between the two sides at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
- The Falcons however have won their past six and nine of their past 10, home games.
- This season, the Dolphins have struggled on the road and have lost six of their past seven away games.
Ipswich Jets v Burleigh Bears
North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, June 29 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Ipswich 25 Burleigh 15 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #JETSvBEARS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Jets 13% Bears 87%
- Their last encounter was a comprehensive 42-8 win to Burleigh at Pizzey Park in Round 2; however, the Jets will be aiming to turn that result around in from of their home fans.
- Burleigh though are a tough proposition and have won the past three, and eight of the past nine games played against the Jets.
- The Bears have also won four of the past five games played against Ipswich at North Ipswich Reserve.
- Home ground advantage hasn’t helped the Jets as much this year either, with the side losing four of their past five home games.
- Burleigh have been strong on the road and have won four of their past five away games.
- Bears halfback Jamal Fogarty (on 757 points) requires nine more points to pass Damien Quinn (on 765) to move to 10th top point scorer in Cup history.
- There are plenty of milestones to celebrate in this match as well, with Jet Mitch Carpenter (all Ipswich) taking part in his 50th game.
- Burleigh skipper Luke Page will reach 150 Intrust Super Cup games when he runs out in the number 8 jersey. A former Jet and Magpie, Page has been in great form this season leading the Bears.
Northern Pride v PNG Hunters
Barlow Park on Sunday, June 30 – 1.10pm* (Live on Channel 9)
Head-to-Head: Pride 5 PNG 5
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PRIDEvPNG
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Pride 79% PNG 21%
- The PNG Hunters will be hoping to wipe away the memory of their meeting with the Pride away when they travel to face them in Cairns. The Pride were far too strong in Round 2 at Port Moresby; claiming a 24-0 win.
- However, the Pride are strong at home and have won three of the four games played against the Hunters at Barlow Park
- This year though, the Pride have only won two of their seven home games; while the Hunters have only won one of their past seven away games.
- Named at five-eighth, the experience Ase Boas is set to feature in his 100th game for the club. This includes his appearance in the 2017 Intrust Super Championship match on NRL grand final day. He is also sitting on 499 points scored for the Hunters.
Souths Logan Magpies v Mackay Cutters
Davies Park on Sunday, June 30 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Souths-Logan 17 Mackay 4 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SLMvMC
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Magpies 40% Cutters 60%
- Souths Logan broke their run of seven losses in Round 14 with their draw against the CQ Capras and they will be looking to build that into a win in front of their home games this weekend.
- Last week’s result was the first time Magpies coach Jon Buchanan has experienced a draw in his 157th game as a coach.
- Back in Round 2; it was a close game between the two sides who are facing off again in Sunday’s match, with the Magpies claiming a 22-20 win at Stadium Mackay.
- The visiting Cutters side have only won one of 11 away games against Souths Logan (2012) with one drawn (2016).
- The Magpies have lost their past 10 games played at Davies Park.
*Statistics by Brad Tallon
**NOTE: The livestreams linked in this preview are not official QRL productions unless stated