Intrust Super Cup Round 16 preview: Key Hunters hit big milestones

The contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players to the game will be celebrated in the Intrust Super Cup during the first weekend of Indigenous Round - Round 16.

Acknowledged during NAIDOC Week in Queensland, the round will also be celebrated next weekend so all clubs will have the opportunity to wear their special jerseys at home.

The television broadcast will be on Channel 9 on Sunday, with the Ipswich Jets at home to the Redcliffe Dolphins. The broadcast will begin at 1pm with kick off at 1.10pm.

Elsewhere, the round will begin with a Friday night northern derby with the Mackay Cutters hosting the Townsville Blackhawks at BB Print Stadium Mackay.

Below are the ‘Stats that Matter’ for each match up in Round 16. 

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Michael Parker-Walshe with the ball for the Townsville Blackhawks.
Michael Parker-Walshe with the ball for the Townsville Blackhawks.

Mackay Cutters v Townsville Blackhawks
BB Print Stadium Mackay on Friday, July 5 – 7.30pm
Head-to-Head:
Townsville 7 Mackay 1 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup # MCvTSVB
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Cutters 10% Pride 90%

  • The Townsville Blackhawks head to Mackay for a Friday night northern derby where they will be hoping to turn around the Round 5 result which was an upset 20-6 win by the Cutters at Jack Manski Oval.
  • The Blackhawks have three wins and a draw in the four games played against the Cutters n Mackay.
  • Townsville are also on a roll and have won their past three games, moving from seventh place into fourth in the process.
  • However, they have not won consecutive away games this year. They won their last away game over Souths Logan so will be aiming to build on that in Mackay.
  • Blackhawk Michael Parker-Walshe is on 72 games for the Blackhawks, equal top with Anthony Mitchell. He has been named on the interchange bench for this game.
  • The Cutters have a big in this week, with Cooper Bambling named to return to the side as five-eighth.

CQ Capras v Easts Tigers
Browne Park on Saturday, July 6 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Easts 33 Central 10 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #CQCvTIGES
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Capras 7% Tigers 93%

  • The Capras will be working hard to turn around their poor head-to-head record against the Tigers which has seen them only win one of their past 11 games played against Easts. That win came last year at Browne Park. They have also earned one draw.
  • While the Capras have not have not won a game since Round 1; the Tigers have also found winning away from home hard, and their win against Mackay in Round 14 was their first on the road in five games.
  • Former Capra Aaron Pene has been named to line up against his old club, with his recent signing with the Melbourne Storm seeing him allocated to the Tigers.
  • This will be the 50th Cup game (all for Easts Tigers) for hooker Chris Ostwald.

Northern Pride v SC Falcons
Barlow Park on Friday, July 6 – 6pm
Head-to-Head:
Pride 11 Sunshine Coast 11
Twitter:
#intrustsupercup #SCFvPRIDE
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Pride 7% Falcons 93%

  • The Pride will host a fired-up Falcons side who will be looking to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season last weekend against the Dolphins.
  • The home side scored a win at home last weekend against the Hunters and will aim to keep their winning momentum going to turn around the Round 5 result which saw the Sunshine Coast post a 50-10 win at Sunshine Coast Stadium/
  • While in imposing form this season, the Falcons have only won one of the past eight games played between these two sides at Barlow Park – that was in 2017. However, they have won their past away games, their best ever away run.
  • Falcons prop Darryn Schonig, who recently signed with the Storm, has been named to face off against his former club and the forward battle between the two sides will be something to watch.
  • This will be the 50th game with the Sunshine Coast for skipper Dane Hogan and his 167th Intrust Super Cup game overall including his time with the Pride, Mackay and Easts.
Sunshine Coast Falcons skipper Dane Hogan.
Sunshine Coast Falcons skipper Dane Hogan.

Ipswich Jets v Redcliffe Dolphins
North Ipswich Reserve on Sunday, July 7 – 1.10pm* (Live on Channel 9)
Head-to-Head:
Redcliffe 28 Ipswich 18
Twitter:
#intrustsupercup #JETSvPHINS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Jets 44% Dolphins 56%

  • The Jets let a halftime lead against the Bears slip last weekend and will aim to improve when they host the Dolphins who they defeated 20-12 in Round 5.
  • However, Redcliffe have found some form and have now won their past two and three of their past four games which has seen them move into the top eight for the first time this year.
  • Ipswich on the other hand have lost their past three and four of their past five games, slipping out of the top eight for the first time since Round 6.
  • Ipswich have won their past three games against the Dolphins and have also won four of the past five game against them when played at North Ipswich Reserve.
  • However, they have only won one of their past six games at home in recent times.
  • This will be the 150th Cup game for Redcliffe’s Aaron Whitchurch who played his 150th overall game for the club last weekend, with his tally including last year’s appearance on NRL grand final day in the Intrust Super Championship match against the Bulldogs.
  • The Ipswich Jets have announced their game day sponsor for Sunday’s match to be the Jaydon Adams Memorial Foundation Indigenous Round. The Jaydon Adams Memorial Foundation (JAMF) is a foundation established by Jaydon’s parents Lizzie and Mark Adams after Jaydon’s life was tragically cut short.
  • The Jets will raffle a special limited edition 2019 Indigenous design jersey, with 100% of the funds going to the foundation who will also be present on the day to collect donations.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Tweed Seagulls
BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, July 7 – 2pm
Head-to-Head:
Wynnum 22 Tweed 18
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvTWEED
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Wynnum 91% Tweed 9%
Livestream: Seagulls TV

  • The Gulls v Gulls flockbuster return leg heads to BMD Kougari this weekend, with Wynnum Manly holding the advantage after their 32-6 win over their rivals earlier in the season.
  • While their overall head-to-head is fairly even, Wynnum Manly have won the past two and six of the past seven games played between the two sides.
  • Tweed's won over Wynnum Manly last year at BMD Kougari Oval was their first there in five games and it took some luck to get them over the line with a kick rebounding of the uprights resulting in a try.
  • Overall, Wynnum Manly have been strong at home and have won six of their past seven game there.
  • Jayden Berrell is set to play his 50th game for Wynnum Manly and his 66th overall taking into account his time with Norths.
Wynnum Manly's Jayden Berrell.
Wynnum Manly's Jayden Berrell.

Burleigh Bears v Souths Logan Magpies
Pizzey Park on Sunday, July 7 – 2pm
Head-to-Head:
Burleigh 26 Souths-Logan 13 Drawn 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #BEARSvSLM
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Bears 97% Magpies 3%
Livestream: Bears TV

  • It was a false alarm last round, but this weekend, Bears skipper Luke Page is expected to run out for Intrust Super Cup game 150 against his former club.
  • The Magpies come into this game with a morale-boosting win behind them, but they’ll need to be at the top of their game against an in-form Bears side that beat them 38-22 in their last encounter at Davies Park.
  • The Bears have also won the past three games between these two side, as well as four of the past five games against the Magpies at Pizzey Park.
  • Burleigh have won nine of their past 10, home games while Souths Logan have three losses and a draw from their past four away games.
  • Bears half Jamal Fogarty now has 763 Cup points; just one point behind 10th placed for all time Damien Quinn.
Ase Boas in action for the PNG Hunters.
Ase Boas in action for the PNG Hunters.

PNG Hunters v Norths Devils
Oil Search National Football Stadium on Sunday, July 7 – 3pm
Head-to-Head:
PNG 5 Norths 5
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvDEVILS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: PNG 13% Devils 87%

  • The PNG Hunters have many milestones to celebrate in Round 16, with their leaders reaching significant moments for their club.
  • It will be the 100th Intrust Super Cup game for former captain Ase Boas (and his 101st game overall for the club), while current captain Moses Meninga will play in his 50th game for the club (while only his 49th Intrust Super Cup game overall, with the tally including his 2017 appearance in the Intrust Super Championship game against Penrith).
  • While not named this week, the experienced Adex Wera played his 111th game for the Hunters (including his appearance in the Intrust Super Championship) last weekend, drawing level with Wartovo Puara (111) as the most capped Hunters.
  • The Devils too have a milestone to acknowledge in Round 16, with former Redcliffe half Zach Strasser set to feature in his 100th Cup game.
  • On the field, the Devils will be hoping to make it a clean sweep against the Hunters in 2019 after they posted a 28-6 win in Round 5 at Bishop Park.
  • However, the Hunters have won three of the past four games played against the Devils in PNG.
  • The Hunters have also won two of their past three home games, while Norths have not won consecutive away games since Round 3 of 2018; they won their last away game over Easts.
  • For this match, the Hunters will be accepting donations to help support the victims of the recent Mt Ulawan Volcano.

*Statistics by Brad Tallon

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