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Round 10 preview: Celebrating centuries

This weekend there are many milestones to note, with a coaching record set to be made and three players notching game 100 in the Intrust Super Cup.

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Norths Devils v PNG Hunters
Head-to-head:
Norths Devils 6 | PNG Hunters 5
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #DEVILSvPNG
Broadcast: Kayo Saturdays via Kayo Freebies

  • Norths have won their past three games, while the Hunters have lost their past five matches.
  • The Devils have won three of the past four games played between these two sides, last facing off in Round 16, 2019, in Port Moresby where a Jack Ahearn double proved the difference in the 30-18 victory.
  • Norths have won three of the past four, and four of the six games played between the two at Bishop Park. They have also won three of their past four games at Nundah.
  • The Hunters have lost their past three away games - their last win away from Bycroft Oval came in Round 3 against Mackay Cutters.
  • Norths will be trying to avoid their 250th loss in their 547th game - they have 279 wins and 18 draws.
  • Karmichael Hunt's inclusion in the Broncos 17 sees Tyson Gamble return for the Devils at halfback. Ethan Bullemor has also been named to start for the home side, while new recruit Tyrone Roberts has been named on the bench to play his first game of the year.
  • Premiership-winning captain Ase Boas made a welcomed return to the Hunters lineup for the Round 9 matchup, with Matt Church recalling Charlie Simon to join him in the halves this weekend, after Edwin Ipape tore his rotator cuff.
  • Terry Wapi has also once again been ruled out after attempting to return early from a PCL injury. Norman Brown takes his place at the back with Solo Wane promoted to the wing.
  • Norths Devils player Jono Reuben has move to ninth in the all-time try-scorer tally with 98 four-pointers. He's only one behind eighth-placed Heath Egglestone. The flashy winger has played 96 Cup games - the previous quickest to 100 of the seven who have reached the mark was Damian Richters who achieved the feat in 111 games.

Townsville Blackhawks v Central Queensland Capras
Head-to-head: Townsville Blackhawks 8 | CQ Capras 0 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #TSVBvCQC

  • It has been 824 days since the Capras last won in the Intrust Super Cup, posting 29 losses and two draws in their past 32 games. They have a tough task this weekend and have never won against the Blackhawks. The closest they have got is being denied at full-time in an enthralling draw at Jack Manski Oval in 2017.
  • It's been a topsy-turvy season for Townsville so far and despite only winning four games, they have been in the fight in every game - losing by eight points or less in all five defeats.
  • In positive news for the Capras, coach Guy Williams has kept the same 17 that played against Burleigh, allowing for combinations to grow and gel.
  • The Blackhawks welcome back Kalifa Faifai-Loa and young gun Sam Martin-Savage has also been named in the back five.
  • Shaun Nona has moved level with Zac Santo and Kyle Laybutt on 168 points, equal fourth for the Blackhawks. The half only requires four more points to bring up 750 in Cup, accumulated during his stints with the Pride, Tigers, Wynnum Manly and now Townsville.

Northern Pride v Ipswich Jets
Head-to-head: Ipswich Jets 14 | Northern Pride 12 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #JETSvPRIDE

  • It's been a successful past month for the Pride who have recorded three wins and a draw from their past four games, including two at home.
  • Ipswich have lost their past four games and last week were just pipped at the post by Souths Logan 28-20 at North Ipswich Reserve.
  • The Jets have been the better side on the ledger previously, having won six of the past seven games between these two sides, including the last two at Barlow Park in 2016 and 2017.
  • Ipswich have four losses and a draw from their past five away games, with their last away win (outside of Country Week) coming against Easts (now Brisbane) Tigers in Round 17, 2019.
  • Gerome Burns has been named to make his club debut for Ipswich. The utility played 11 games for Souths Logan in 2019 before joining the Jets. 
  • Ipswich prop Tyson Lofipo moves to 203 Cup games - equal 15th with Brett McPherson and John Te Reo - overtaking Shane Neumann.
  • Rake Jayden Hodges also celebrates his 50th Cup game, playing all his footy in North Queensland, mostly for the Mackay Cutters before joining the Pride this season.

Top five: Intrust Super Cup Round 9

Mackay Cutters v Tweed Seagulls  
Head-to-head: Tweed Seagulls 13 | Mackay Cutters 6 | drawn 4
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #CUTTERSvTWEED

  • The Seagulls faced a reality check against Norths at Piggabeen, going down 40-12 in Round 9. The glimmer of hope in the performance was Talor Walters' double; the Tweed back scoring eight tries in his eight appearances this season.
  • It's been a tough year for Mackay, losing their past five games and last 10 home games BB Print Stadium. Their last win was back in Round 4 against the Capras in Rockhampton.
  • Tweed have won the last two games played between these two sides in Mackay; the last at narrow 14-12 loss in Round 6, 2019.
  • Tweed have won four of their last five away games - a big part of their success so far in 2021.
  • The visitors will welcome back experienced NRL prop Herman Ese’ese from a three-match suspension and may be joined by fellow Titans forwards Jai Whitfield and Joe Vuna and electrifying fullback Jayden Campbell if the Gold Coast Origin stars back up from Wednesday night's clash in Townsville.

Redcliffe Dolphins v Burleigh Bears   
Head-to-head: Redcliffe Dolphins 29 | Burleigh Bears 23 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #PHINSvBEARS

  • This clash is a very special one for Rick Stone as he coaches his 220th Cup game, passing the previous record of 219 held by Ben and Shane Walker at Ipswich. A one-club coach, he has 151 wins, eight draws and 60 losses for a 70.8 percent success record - the best record of the 31 who have coached 75 or more games. 
  • The last time these two sides met at Moreton Daily Stadium, Burleigh dominated the home side 48-0. The Dolphins got one back on the Bears at Pizzey Park later that year 20-14.
  • Redcliffe have won their past four games; whilst Burleigh have won their last 5 games.
  • Exceptional performances by Rocco Berry and Edward Kosi have earned the Dolphins pair a call-up to the Warriors' starting side; whilst Sean O'Sullivan has once again been named in the reserves, so may return to Intrust Super Cup to play his fifth game of the year.
  • Luke Page has moved to fifth all time Cup games for Burleigh with 136, overtaking Robert Apanui who played 135.
  • Redcliffe captain Cameron Cullen celebrates his 100th Cup game, also playing for Burleigh and Mackay in the early stages of his career.
  • Kurtis Rowe also celebrates his 100th Cup game after celebrating his 100th appearance for Burleigh two weeks ago that included the two NRL State Championship finals in 2016 and 2019.
  • Cullen still leads the Petero Civoniceva Medal tally with 14 votes after nine rounds, but Wynnum Manly rake Jayden Berrell is now only two behind after an exceptional display last weekend against the Cutters.

Brisbane Tigers v Sunshine Coast Falcons
Head-to-head: Brisbane Tigers 13 | Sunshine Coast 8 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvSCF

  • A contest of the two Melbourne Storm feeder clubs; only four contracted players have been initially named to feature in this game; however, the Storm have named six reserves due to a number of Origin players returning which will no doubt see Craig Bellamy send a number of players back to play in this Round 10 clash.
  • Both the Tigers and Falcons have lost their last three games; Brisbane returning home from Cairns after going down to the Pride 24-16 and Sunshine Coast losing the James Ackerman Cup to Redcliffe 34-24.
  • The Falcons have won the past two games between these two sides - both in 2019.
  • The Tigers have lost their last two home games, only winning one of the four home games so far in 2021 - against Burleigh 50-10 in Round 3.
  • Todd Murphy celebrates his 50th game in Falcons colours. It will be his 129th overall after starting his career with Redcliffe, Easts and Norths.
  • Belinda Sharpe referees her 50th Intrust Super Cup game in her second appearance of the year at this level.

Souths Logan Magpies v Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Souths Logan Magpies v Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Head-to-head: Wynnum Manly Seagulls 32 | Souths Logan Magpies 13 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #SLMvWYN
Broadcast: Intrust Super Sundays via Kayo Freebies, 9NowQRL.com.au, Intrust Super Cup app and Intrust Super Cup Facebook

  • Both sides will honour the late Mitch Cronin, who tragically passed away in April last year. The gun hooker played 31 games for Souths Logan in 2011 and 2014, and 85 games for Wynnum Manly from 2016 to 2020. Both teams have retired the No. 9 jerseys for this clash in respect of Cro. 
  • Souths Logan have won their last three games; Wynnum Manly have won their last nine - remaining undefeated in 2021.
  • Wynnum Manly have won the last three games between these two sides, the last being in Round 20, 2019 when the Seagulls got the chocolates 34-18. Only two Magpies who played in that clash are named to feature in this matchup (Tesi Niu and Lachlan Cooper).
  • Souths Logan have won two of the last three games between these two sides at BMD Kougari Oval; however their last win at Brisbane's bayside was back in Round 17, 2017.
  • The Seagulls have won their last 10, and 15 of their last 16, games at their home ground - defeating Mackay Cutters 40-16 only last Saturday. 
  • Souths Logan have won their last two, and three of their last four away games.
  • Wynnum Manly outside back Delouise Hoeter will line up for game number 100, after also playing for Townsville and Norths in his Intrust Super Cup journey.

*Statistics by Brad Tallon