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Round 4 preview: Unmatched rivalries

This weekend's XXXX Rivalry Round matches are set to deliver some outstanding entertainment, with the games holding extra meaning for each of the clubs.

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PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons

 

Head-to-head: PNG Hunters 6, Sunshine Coast Falcons 7

Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #PNGvSCF
Broadcast: Kayo Saturdays via Kayo Freebies

  • Both sides will carry in similar form to this weekend’s game with a Round 1 loss and back-to-back wins in Round 2 and Round 3
  • Hunters’ hooker Wartovo Puara is set to equal Adex Wera with the most games for the Hunters with 114 Cup games (plus the NRL State Championship final)
  • The game at Bycroft Oval on the Gold Coast will be the only match on neutral territory between the two sides since the 2017 grand final,  when PNG won 12-10 in a thriller
  • PNG will lose their in-form winger Brendon Gotuno for eight weeks (double-arm fracture), which makes way for Hela Wigmen Norman Brown to make his Cup debut

Tweed Seagulls v Burleigh Bears

Head-to-head: Tweed Seagulls 13, Burleigh Bears 19, drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #TWEEDvBEARS

  • Tweed will be high on confidence after their 40-26 win over Souths Logan Magpies last weekend, while the Bears will be looking to bounce back after being thrashed 50-10 by the Tigers
  • The Bears have won the last eight games against the Seagulls, including the last four at Tweed’s home ground, Piggabeen Sports Complex
  • The last time Tweed won against the Bears was at Piggabeen, way back in 2015
  • Tweed have won five out of their last six home games and currently sit in fifth, while the Bears are in 11th spot

Ipswich Jets v Brisbane Tigers

Head-to-head: Ipswich Jets 22, Tigers 26, drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #JETSvTIGES

  • This weekend will mark the 50th Cup game between the two sides with six out of the last eight games between them being separated by six points or less
  • The Tigers secured their biggest win ever last weekend (50-10) while Ipswich have lost their last four games, including a 36-20 loss against the Falcons last week
  • The Jets, having lost seven out of their last eight home games, will be hoping the Tigers can add to their record of losing the last five out of seven away games (with one draw)
  • Ipswich Jets prop and captain Nat Neale is set to play his 155th game (passing Brendon Marshall’s 154), and becoming the third most capped Jets player behind current prop Tyson Lofipo (197) in the process

Townsville Blackhawks v Northern Pride

Head-to-head: Townsville Blackhawks 8, Northern Pride 2
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvPRIDE

  • Despite a Round 3 loss against the Devils, the third-placed Blackhawks secured dominant opening round victories, while the eighth-placed Pride will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses this weekend
  • Centre Carlin Anderson's six points last week has taken him past Jon Reuben to be the Blackhawks' highest Cup point scorer with 284
  • Townsville’s Jack Manski Oval appears to be a fortress with the Blackhawks winning seven out of their last eight home games
  • Townsville have also won the last two clashes against the Pride, as well as four out of the five games the sides have played at Jack Manski Oval
Carlin Anderson. Photo: Josh Woning/QRL
Carlin Anderson. Photo: Josh Woning/QRL

Central Queensland Capras v Mackay Cutters

Head-to-head: Central Queensland 7, Mackay Cutters 16
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #CQCvCUTTERS

  • Both sides are in a form slump with the Capras not registering a win in the last 26 games (including two draws), while the Cutters have lost their last eight games
  • The Capras hold the advantage between the two sides at Browne Park (winning two out of three), but have a poor overall recent record at the ground (eight losses and a draw in nine games)
  • The Cutters have had the wood over the Capras, winning the last five out of six games
  • Cutters prop Emry Pere will play his 50th Cup game on the weekend

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Redcliffe Dolphins

Head-to-head: Redcliffe Dolphins 31, Wynnum Manly Seagulls 19, drawn 2
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #WYNvPHINS
Broadcast: Intrust Super Sundays via Kayo Freebies, 9Now, QRL.com.au, Intrust Super Cup app and Intrust Super Cup Facebook

  • First placed Wynnum continued their undefeated season with a 36-6 win over the Pride last week, which marked their biggest win and equal most points against the Pride
  • BMD Kougari Oval remains a fortress for Wynnum with 11 wins there out their last 13 games (including the last games against Redcliffe)
  • Losing two out of their last three away games and two out of three games against Wynnum isn’t a good omen for Redcliffe heading into this weekend’s clash
  • Seven of Redcliffe's last eight away games have been decided by six points or less

Souths Logan Magpies v Norths Devils

Head-to-head: Souths Logan Magpies 20, Norths Devils 26, drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #SLMvDEVILS

  • The undefeated, second-placed Devils will have to deter a star-studded Souths Logan side with the likes of Tesi Niu, Albert Kelly and Anthony Milford returning to join Karmichael Hunt and Cory Paix
  • Devils winger Joe Reuben is one try away from equalling Shane Perry (95) as the 10th top Cup try scorer
  • Devils lock Michael Sio is set to reach his 50th Cup game this weekend
  • Souths Logan have lost their last two games as well as three out of their four games at Davies Park, while Norths have won four out of five games away from home
  • The Devils have also won the last two games against Souths at Davies Park