The contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players to the game will continue to be celebrated in the Intrust Super Cup during the second weekend of Indigenous Round which has been acknowledged throughout NAIDOC Week.
The television broadcast will be on Channel 9 on Sunday, with the Tweed Seagulls and Burleigh Bears to face off in what is sure to be a closely-contested local derby. The broadcast will begin at 1pm with kick off at 1.10pm.
Elsewhere, the round will begin with another northern derby which will this week see the Townsville Blackhawks at home to the Northern Pride.
Below are the ‘Stats that Matter’ for each match up in Round 17 – thanks to Brad Tallon.
Townsville Blackhawks v Northern Pride
Jack Manski Oval on Saturday, July 13 – 4pm
Head-to-Head: Townsville 7 Pride 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvPRIDE
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Blackhawks 96% Pride 4%
- The Pride will have a tough task ahead of them this weekend as they aim to halt their recent run of away losses. They have lost their past six away games.
- However, the Pride won their last game at Jack Manski in 2018 after losing the previous three games played at the venue.
- This season, the Blackhawks have won their past three and five of their past six games at home
- The Blackhawks are also on a roll, winning their past four games on the trot to see them move from seventh place into fourth.
- In team news, PNG representative Kyle Laybutt (centres) has been named to return for Townsville.
- While the Pride originally named the same line-up that featured in their Round 16 loss to the Falcons, they will go through the rest of the season without forward leader Will Bugden who made the decision to retire from the game after suffering his fourth concussion this year. Bugden has impressed during his 88-game Intrust Super Cup career which included representative honours with the XXXX Queensland Residents team.
Redcliffe Dolphins v Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Dolphin Oval on Saturday, July 13 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 30 Wynnum 18 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PHINSvWYN
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Phins 25% Wynnum Manly 75%
- The Dolphins are finding form as the end of the season approaches (what about their come-from-behind win over the Jets last week!) and so far are the only team to defeat the top-of-the-ladder Falcons.
- Wynnum Manly too have been playing well and have won their past two, and three of their past four home games.
- Redcliffe have won their past three games, while the Seagulls have won their past two which makes for an interesting encounter when they battle it out for the Herald Cup this weekend.
- Redcliffe's win over Wynnum Manly at Dolphin Stadium last year broke a run of four losses at the venue against the Gulls.
- Some key milestones for both teams in this game – prop Max Elliott will play in his 50th Intrust Super Cup game (all for Wynnum Manly), while Hugh Pratt is set to feature in his 50th game for Redcliffe (in his 49th Cup game) having played for the Dolphins against the Bulldogs on NRL grand final day last year.
- Seagulls half Patrick Templeman kicked four goal in his side’s win over Tweed last weekend and now requires two more to bring up 100 Intrust Super Cup goals.
CQ Capras v Mackay Cutters
Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone on Saturday, July 13 – 6pm
Head-to-Head: Mackay 15 Central 7
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #CQCvMC
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping:
- Last time these two sides met, it was a big win to the home side the Cutters 42-20, and the Capras will be homing to turn the tables when they head to Gladstone on Saturday night.
- So far this season, the Capras have 14 losses and a draw from their last 15 games, while the Cutters have won five games – however, they have lost their past three matches.
- Gladstone has been the scene of success for the Capras in recent times, with the side having won two of their past three games there.
- Mackay have lost three of their past four away games.
- In team news, Queensland Under 20 representative winger Elijah Anderson has been named to make his return to the side for the Capras.
Tweed Seagulls v Burleigh Bears
Piggabeen Sports Complex on Sunday, July 14 – 1.10pm* (Live on Channel 9)
Head-to-Head: Burleigh 18 Tweed 13 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TWEEDvBEARS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Tweed 10% Bears 90%
- Always a highlight on the calendar no matter their standing on the ladder, fans will be hoping for a close match at Piggabeen after the Bears proved far too strong in Round 3 when they secured a 32-4 win over the Gulls.
- Burleigh however have had the better of the contest in recent times, winning the past seven contests, including the past three played a Piggabeen.
- They are also in great form and have won their past four games, while Tweed have lost their past four games – although their last three losses have by four points or less, dropping from 4th to 7th on the ladder.
- They have been strong at home though and have this season won three of their last four home games, with their only loss coming against the Sunshine Coast.
- Burleigh’s Jimmy Lenihan moves to equal third with Rick Stone (also all Burleigh) for most Cup games coached with 209. He has 114 wins and five draws.
- Bears half Jamal Fogarty (with 769) last week moved into the top 10 all-time point scorers, however, the Sunshine Coast’s Todd Murphy (762) is only seven points behind him.
- For this game, the Seagulls are set to see the return of fullback Talor Walters (back) and hooker Christian Hazard (foot). Queensland Under 20 representative centre Treymain Spry has not been named.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v PNG Hunters
Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, July 14 – 2.35pm
Head-to-Head: Sunshine Coast 6 PNG 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #SCFvPNG
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Falcons 98% Hunters 2%
- The Falcons returned to their winning ways last weekend with a resounding 52-8 victory over the Pride in Cairns, with Jono Reuben going over for a hat-trick and Harry Grant crossing for two.
- Todd Murphy scored 16 points last weekend to see him become the highest points scorer for the Falcons in the Intrust Super Cup with 247, passing Dennis Sandow's 244.
- Murphy has 208 points for the season, only five behind the Falcons' season record holder Guy Hamilton who scored 213 in 2017.
- The last time the Falcons and Hunters met in Round 3, it was a thriller, with the Sunshine Coast pinching a 28-26 result in PNG.
- The Falcons have a strong record at home against the Hunters and have won their past four games played against them at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
- The Hunters have found life hard on the road and have lost their past three and seven of their past eight away games.
- While he was originally named in the starting side, Falcons forward Sam Bernstrom will not play after he was suspended for four matches.
- The Falcons have not named Nicho Hynes who suffered a head injury last weekend.
- This will be the 50th Cup game (and 51st Hunters game) for skipper Moses Meninga.
Norths Devils v Souths Logan Magpies
Bishop Bark on Sunday, July 14 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Norths 26 Souths Logan 19 Drawn 16
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #DEVILSvSLM
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Norths 95% Magpies 5%
- The Magpies put in a spirted performance last weekend against the highly fancied Bears and will be aiming to match it against the Devils this weekend.
- The last time the two sides met however it was all about the Devils in their 42-16 win at Davies Park; their third win in a row over the Magpies.
- Souths Logan have a good recent record at Bishop Park with three wins and a draw from their past four games there against Norths.
- However, the Devils have won four of their past five home games.
- The Magpies have four losses and a draw from their past five away games.
- Shaun Fensom has been named to return for the Magpies at lock.
Easts Tigers v Ipswich Jets
Langlands Park on Sunday, July 14 – 3pm
Head-to-Head: Easts 26 Ipswich 21 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvJETS
Tipping % - via QRL Tipping: Easts 95% Jets 5%
- The Tigers host an Ipswich Jets side that are surely smarting for their last-gasp loss against Redcliffe last weekend which saw them concede three tries in the final seven minutes to lose 24-22.
- Back when the sides last met in Round 3; it was also a two-point affair, with Easts claiming a 22-20 win at North Ipswich Reserve,
- Easts were big 42-16 winners of the Capras last weekend and come into this game with plenty of confidence – however, they have lost two of their past three home games.
- With last weekend’s hat-trick for the Tigers, former Jet Jarrod McInally moved to 92 Cup tries, leaving him only three places out of the top 10.
*Statistics by Brad Tallon
**NOTE: The livestreams linked in this preview are not official QRL productions unless stated