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Round 7 preview: Mega milestones

This weekend's Intrust Super Cup will be a special one for a number of players who have been great representatives for their club and the competition across many seasons.

Burleigh Bears v Ipswich Jets
Head-to-head:
Burleigh Bears 26, Ipswich Jets 15, drawn 2
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #BEARSvJETS
Broadcast: Kayo Saturdays via Kayo Freebies

  • The Burleigh Bears are coming off their best performance of the season, a comprehensive 36-0 win over the previously unbeaten Norths Devils.
  • Burleigh’s Sami Sauiluma was at his destructive best in the win, crossing for a hat-trick of tries.
  • For Ipswich, new coach Keiron Lander will go in search of his second win of the season, after a narrow loss to Tweed Seagulls last weekend.
  • The Jets will have plenty to play for, with key prop Tyson Lofipo lining up for this 200th match in the green and white.
  • Bears second-rower Hayden Schwass will line up for this 100th Cup game for the club and 102nd overall (including two national finals).
Tyson Lofipo in action for Ipswich Jets in season 2019. Photo: Scott Davis / QRL
Tyson Lofipo in action for Ipswich Jets in season 2019. Photo: Scott Davis / QRL

Tweed Seagulls v Northern Pride
Head-to-head:
Tweed Seagulls 13, Northern Pride 12, drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #TWEvPRIDE

  • Tweed have won their past four games to emerge as one of the form teams of the competition.
  • They have four wins and a draw in the last five games between these two sides, with four of these games being decided by a converted try or less.
  • Tweed will go up against a spirited and confident Pride line-up, which got the better of Souths Logan last weekend.
  • The Pride’s away record is on the improve, with two wins and a draw in their past three away games.
  • This will be the 50th Cup game for Tweed flyer Talor Walters, who crossed for a hat-trick against the Jets last weekend.
Talor Walters for Tweed Seagulls. Photo: Jorja Brinums / QRL
Talor Walters for Tweed Seagulls. Photo: Jorja Brinums / QRL

Top five: Intrust Super Cup Round 6

Central Queensland Capras v Norths Devils
Head-to-head:
Norths Devils 33, Central Queensland 10, drawn 2
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #CQCvDEVILS

  • The Intrust Super Cup comes to Emerald for the seventh time. The Capras have played in all of the previous games, winning two and losing four, including a 48-8 loss to Norths in 2010.
  • Norths are trying to avoid their 250th Cup loss in their 544th game – they have 276 wins and 18 draws.
  • The Devils have won the last 15 games between these two sides – the Capras last scored a win over Norths at Bishop Park in 2011.
  • Norths flyer Jon Reuben remains on 95 tries (from 95 games) to be equal 10th all-time with Shane Perry.

Townsville Blackhawks v Mackay Cutters
Head-to-head:
Townsville Blackhawks 8, Mackay Cutters 1, drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvMC
Broadcast: Kayo Freebies9Now, Intrust Super Cup app, QRL.com.auIntrust Super Cup Facebook

  • Townsville have lost their last four games – their worst ever losing run. However, there was a lot to like about their performance away from home against Redcliffe last weekend, with the Dolphins sneaking home 26-24 in a thriller that could have gone either way.
  • The Blackhawks have an excellent record against Mackay, with the Cutters’ only win over Townsville at Jack Manski Oval in 2019, after losing their prior four games there.
  • Mackay have lost four of their last five away games, although they did run into a star-studded Falcons teams last weekend.
  • Kalifa Faifai Loa now has 34 tries for Blackhawks, one behind Michael Parker-Walshe who is the third all-time try-scorer for the Blackhawks.
  • In milestone news, Cutters skipper Ross Bella plays 50th Cup game overall against his former club.

Townsville Blackhawks v Mackay Cutters

Souths Logan Magpies v PNG Hunters
Head-to-head:
PNG Hunters 12, Souths Logan Magpies 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #SLMvPNG

  • The PNG Hunters boast a dominant record over Souths Logan, with the Magpies’ only win over the Hunters coming in Port Moresby in 2018.
  • PNG have won all seven games between these sides at Davies Park, and three of the last four by two points or less.
  • Souths Logan have lost four of their last five home games and will be looking to reproduce the same form that saw them dust off Burleigh in the opening round.
  • The Hunters were below their best against the Brisbane Tigers last weekend and will be eager to tighten a defensive line that conceded 40 points.
  • The side have been battling injuries – and have added two suspensions to the list following last weekend’s loss – and will name a full side on Saturday.
  • Their line-up is set to include Tom Butterfield, who in his Hunters debut last weekend played in his 207th Cup game, 13th highest all time. The experienced rake is three behind 12th place Shane O'Flanagan.
  • The Magpies have named Karmichael Hunt in the centres and Tom Dearden and Albert Kelly in the halves.

Brisbane Tigers v Redcliffe Dolphins
Head-to-head:
Redcliffe Dolphins 32, Brisbane Tigers 18, drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvPHINS

  • The Tigers' 40-12 win over PNG last week was their biggest winning margin and most points against the Hunters.
  • For the history buffs, Samuel Elliott (Tigers) last weekend became the first "18th man" to take the field in an Intrust Super Cup game.
  • Redcliffe have had a clear edge over the Tigers in recent matches, having won five of the last six games between the traditional rivals.
  • Adam Mogg’s Dolphins produced a gutsy performance at home last weekend to beat the Blackhawks on the back of a Setu Tu double.
  • Both teams are locked on six competition points with three wins and three losses, with the ladder positions adding to the importance of the round seven clash.
  • In milestone news, this will be the 50th Cup game for Redcliffe Dolphins forward Lachlan Timm who has previously played for Sunshine Coast.
Lachlan Timm on the charge for Redcliffe Dolphins. Photo: Scott Davis / QRL
Lachlan Timm on the charge for Redcliffe Dolphins. Photo: Scott Davis / QRL

Sunshine Coast Falcons v Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Head-to-head:
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 11, Sunshine Coast 10
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #SCFvWYN

  • Sunshine Coast's 58-10 win over Mackay last week was their biggest winning margin and most points against the Cutters.
  • The Falcons’ big win has set the scene for a massive showdown against the unbeaten Seagulls, who are the competition’s form team with six-straight wins.
  • Sunshine Coast have won three of their last four home games and are building nice momentum after a patchy start to the 2021 season.
  • Falcon Todd Murphy now has 896 Cup points, to be equal eighth with John Wilshere.

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*Statistics by Brad Tallon