What an amazing opening round weekend of finals it was in the Intrust Super Cup.
The competition said goodbye to the Tweed Seagulls and Norths Devils, with the Townsville Blackhawks and Burleigh Bears going straight through to week three of the finals.
This weekend, there are two massive games taking place on Sunday which will guarantee plenty of action.
Below are the ‘Stats that Matter’ for each match up, thanks to Brad Tallon.
Match: WM Seagulls v Dolphins
Finals Week 2 -
Venue: BMD Kougari Oval, Brisbane
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Redcliffe Dolphins
BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, September 15 – 12.05pm*
Watch live on GEM
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 31 Wynnum 18 drawn 2
Head-to-Head finals results: Redcliffe 3 - Wynnum 2 (1997 1v2 Red 17-12; 2003 preliminary final Redcliffe 46-26; 2008 elimination final Redcliffe 50-16; 2011 preliminary final Wynnum 36-0; 2012 grand final Wynnum 20-10)
Overall finals record: Wynnum – played 25, won 11, lost 14; Redcliffe – played 50, won 31, lost 19
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- As if the rivalry couldn’t get any bigger! Old foes the Dolphins and Wynnum Manly Seagulls will go head to head in week two of the finals to see who will progress to face the Townsville Blackhawks in the preliminary final.
- This season, the sides have recorded one win apiece. In Round 17, Redcliffe were too good when they claimed a 32-20 win at Dolphin Stadium; while back in Round 3, the Seagulls were the victors 18-10 at BMD Kougari Oval.
- The Dolphins come into this game after a thrilling one-point win over Tweed last weekend, while Wynnum's loss at home last week against Burleigh was only their second in 12 games at BMD Kougari Oval this year.
- Redcliffe have won their past six, and 10 of their past 11 games – a huge turnaround from the start of the season where they only won four of their first 13 games.
- In the head-to-head states, Redcliffe come out on top and they have also won three of the past four games played against the Gulls. They have also claimed three of the past four games against them at BMD Kougari Oval.
- Redcliffe have won their past five away games, after winning only one of their first seven away games this year.
- In a stat they will want to turn around quick smart, Wynnum Manly have lost the past three finals matches they have been involved with.
- On the other hand, the Dolphins have won their past four finals matches.
- Wynnum Manly five-eighth Patrick Templeman scored a try and kicked four goals in his side’s loss to Burleigh last weekend and is now 18 points short of the club’s Cup points scoring record of 192 set by Damien Quinn in 2003.
- Named in the centres for this weekend’s match, this is set to be the 50th appearance for Redcliffe for Jeremy Hawkins (including last year’s NRL state championship game).
- Star Redcliffe centre Izaia Perese has not been named for the Dolphins as he is on the reserves list for the Brisbane Broncos.
Match: Falcons v Tigers
Finals Week 2 -
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Easts Tigers
Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, September 15 – 12.05pm*
Watch live on FOX 3 and Kayo
Head-to-Head: Easts 13 Sunshine Coast 7 Drawn 1
Head-to-Head finals results: Sunshine Coast 1 Easts 0 (2017 KO final Sunshine Coast 26-22)
Overall finals record: Sunshine Coast – played 12, won 7, lost 5; Easts – played 40, won 20, lost 20
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- They say finals is a whole new competition and the Tigers showed that last weekend when they knocked out the Norths Devils from the finals race by posting their first win in eight games. It was also their first away win in five games.
- This weekend’s match up will see the team that finished on top of the ladder with only one regular season loss in the Sunshine Coast face off against the Tigers who held onto their place in the eight despite a series of losses to end the regular season.
- The Sunshine Coast's loss to Townsville last Sunday in week one of the finals was their first loss in nine games and only their second of the year.
- When the Tigers and the Falcons faced off during the 2019 regular season, the Sunshine Coast recorded a strong 30-6 win at their home ground in Round 6.
- Overall in 2019, the Falcons have nine wins, two losses and a draw at home this year.
- The Tigers have five wins, seven losses and a draw away this year.
- While the Sunshine Coast have lost their past two finals matches; the Tigers have won four of their past five finals matches.
- Tigers veteran Shane Neumann has scored 96 Cup tries, making him the ninth highest in the all-time tally. Team mate Jarrod McInally and Falcons flyers Jon Reuben have 93 (equal 11th) with the wingers sitting behind the 10th place Shane Perry.
- Neumann is also the equal highest try scorer in Cup finals with 12 tries, alongside former Ipswich Jets hooker Matt Parcell. Tigers team mate Marion Seve is equal ninth with seven tries.
- This will be the 50th Cup game for Falcons back Nathan Saumalu (formerly with the Mackay Cutters) who has been named at fullback this weekend.
- In team news, the Falcons have named winger Sandor Earl to join the side this week, while the Tigers welcome back hooker Aaron Booth.
- With the support of the Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Falcons, QRL is offering free entry to all Emergency services staff and volunteers at this game as a thanks for all the work done during the week, saving properties and lives. Emergency services staff and volunteers just need to show emergency services ID to gain free entry.
*Statistics by Brad Tallon