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Round 11 preview: Rockley reaches rare milestone

Across this weekend's games are plenty of evenly-matched contests to look forward to, with every result important as the halfway point of the season approaches.

Around the grounds, there are club records being equalled and milestones to celebrate, making it an extra special round for many players. 

Sunshine Coast v Townsville Blackhawks
Head-to-head: Townsville Blackhawks 7 | Sunshine Coast Falcons 5
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #SCFvTSVB

  • These two sides last met in back in Round 5 in Townsville where the Falcons outclassed the Blackhawks to win 24-16.
  • Sunshine Coast have won three of the last four games; however, Townsville have won two of the last three games between these two sides at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
  • Sunshine Coast have lost their last two home games - 34-24 to Redcliffe and 38-24 to Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
  • Blackhawks forward Corey Jensen moves equal with former half Michael Parker-Walshe on 75 appearances - the most for the club.
  • Townsville journeymen Shaun Nona (180) and Kalifa Faifai Loa (170) have moved to fourth and fifth respectively in the club's top point-scorer list. Nona only requires 11 points to overtake North Queensland flyer Kyle Feldt (190) to move to third.
  • Nona and Carlin Anderson now both have 758 Cup points; Nona in 123 games and Anderson in 119.
  • Todd Murphy has now kicked 368 goals in the Intrust Super Cup, last week moving past Reggie Cressbrook (266) to seventh in most goals kicked.
  • Sunshine Coast mascot Mick Berry runs out for his 100th Intrust Super Cup game. He has starred 23 times as Sammy Sea Eagle and 77 as Mario Falcon.

Norths Devils v Northern Pride
Head-to-head: Northern Pride 17 | Norths Devils 7 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #DEVILSvPRIDE
Broadcast: Kayo Saturdays via Kayo Freebies

  • It was a nail-biting finish to the Round 5 clash between these two at Barlow Park - a Bryce Donovan field goal in the 78th minute proving the only difference in one of the matches of the season.
  • Norths have won their past four games; their previous being against PNG Hunters 38-22 at Bishop Park.
  • The Pride have four wins and a draw in their last five games; last week coming away with a miracle victory when Tom Steadman converted from the sideline after the siren to break the deadlock against Ipswich Jets.
  • Norths have won the past three, and four of the last five games between these two sides.
  • The Devils have won their past two, and four of their past five home games
  • The Pride haven't lost an away game this season; however, have came close a few times with two draws (Central Queensland Capras and Tweed Seagulls).
  • Jono Reuben now has 99 Intrust Super Cup tries in 97 games - equal eighth all time with Heath Egglestone. The previous quickest to 100 Cup tries was Nat Barnes in 121 games.

Top five: Intrust Super Cup Round 10

Central Queensland Capras v Ipswich Jets
Head-to-head: Ipswich Jets 31 | Central Queensland 13 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #CQCvJETS

  • Despite leading 14-10 at the break in Round 5 when these two teams last met, the Jets powered home for a 40-24 victory at North Ipswich.
  • The Capras will be hoping their bad fortune ends this Saturday when at Browne Park; having 31 losses and two draws in their last 33 games since Round 1, 2019, when they last won a game.
  • It's been a tough season for Keiron Lander's men; losing their last five games despite being in every single contest.
  • Ipswich have won the last three, and six of the last seven games between these two sides; however, the Capras have won two of the last three games between these sides in the beef capital.
  • It has been a long time since the Browne Park faithful have seen a victory - Central Queensland having 10 losses and a draw in their last 11 games there.
  • It's Tyson Lofipo's 204th game for the Jets, making him equal 14th all time with Cameron Durnford.

PNG Hunters v Burleigh Bears  
Head-to-head: PNG Hunters 7 | Burleigh Bears 6
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #PNGvBEARS

  • Burleigh will be hoping they don't finish this contest with only 11 fit men on the field after their Round 5 juggernaut on Anzac Day saw them pip PNG at the post 25-18 at Pizzey Park.
  • The Hunters have lost their last six games, equalling their worst Intrust Super Cup losing run in 2019.
  • The Bears have won the last three, and four of the last five games between the two sides.
  • It'll be the first time the Hunters have played at Cbus Super Stadium and have opted to host their home game at the venue as a curtain-raiser to the Gold Coast Titans v Manly Sea Eagles Round 15 NRL fixture. Burleigh won their only previous game at the venue against the Tigers in 2018.
  • Stanton Albert, Wartovo Puara and Luke Page all played for the Kumuls in their 22-10 loss to Fiji at this ground in 2015.
  • The Hunters were dealt a blow with speedy centre Jokadi Bire admitted to hospital through the week after falling ill at training.
  • Fortunately, the Hunters expect to regain captain Ila Alu, who missed the second half of the Devils match after failing a head injury assessment at half-time.

Tweed Seagulls v Redcliffe Dolphins
Head-to-head: Redcliffe Dolphins 25 | Tweed Seagulls 10
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #TWEvPHINS

  • Tweed dominated in their Round 5 matchup against the Dolphins, winning the match 28-16 at Moreton Daily Stadium.
  • This match will be Tweed's 400th Intrust Super Cup game. They have won 197, drawn 14 and lost 188; as well as claiming the premiership in 2007.
  • Redcliffe have won their last five games; last week defeating the Bears 32-24 to register their seventh win of the season. They have also won their last two away games.
  • The Dolphins have won four of the last five games between these two sides at Piggabeen.
  • Tweed may welcome back Jayden Campbell should AJ Brimson play for the Titans on Sunday (named in the 21-man squad). Joe Vuna may also return to the Seagulls lineup should he not be needed for first grade.
  • After being named 18th man the last few weeks, Hastings Deering Colts young gun Harrison McIndoe is tipped to make his Intrust Super Cup debut for Redcliffe. The son of former Queensland Maroons flyer Alan McIndoe hails from Emerald where he represented the Capras before moving to the Dolphins in 2020.
  • Despite naming Sean O'Sullivan at five-eighth, the Dolphins will likely see a change to their halves with the New Zealand-contracted player expected to travel to Newcastle and take up the spot of injured playmaker Chanel Harris-Tavita in the Warriors clash with the Knights. O'Sullivan has been pivotal alongside skipper Cam Cullen, winning all five Intrust Super Cup matches he's played in this year.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Brisbane Tigers
Head-to-Head: Wynnum Manly Seagulls 24 | Brisbane Tigers 24 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #WYNvTIGES
Broadcast: Intrust Super Sundays via Kayo Freebies, 9NowQRL.com.au, Intrust Super Cup app and Intrust Super Cup Facebook

  • Last time these two sides met in Round 5, Wynnum Manly scored 22 unanswered points to defeat the Tigers 22-14.
  • The Tigers have lost their past four games, but have won their past two away games, so will be looking to build on that pattern. 
  • Wynnum Manly have been in good form, losing their first match of the season last weekend when they were pipped in the final seconds of the Mitch Cronin Memorial Cup game by Souths Logan Magpies.
  • The Seagulls have won the past three, and four of the past five, games between these two sides.
  • The Seagulls have won three of the past four games between these two sides at BMD Kougari Oval.
  • This will be the 100th Cup game for forward Aaron Rockley who has been a solid and consistent performer for the Gulls across many seasons. 

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Brisbane Tigers

Souths Logan Magpies v Mackay Cutters
Head-to-head: Souths Logan Magpies 19 | Mackay Cutters 4 | drawn 1
Hashtags: #intrustsupercup #SLMvMC

  • Mackay were treated to some Anthony Milford magic back in Round 5 when Souths Logan put on a 60-10 performance against the Cutters.
  • The Magpies have won their last four games; last week ending Wynnum Manly's unbeaten streak in a thriller - a Corey Oates try in the closing seconds clinching the match 32-29.
  • The Cutters have lost their last six games; last round going down to Tweed 24-16.
  • It has been all one-way traffic between these two sides recently - Souths Logan have nine wins and a draw in the last 10 games. In fact, Mackay have only won one of the last 14 games between the two.
  • The Magpies have eight wins and a draw in the 10 games between these two sides at Davies Park.
  • Mackay have lost their last three, and six of the last seven away games.
  • Souths Logan will again be without regulars Tesi Niu, Karmichael Hunt and Cory Paix after all three played for the Broncos on Thursday night.
  • The Cutters bid farewell to halfback Ata Hingano through the week after the 24-year-old signed with UK Super League club Salford Devils and reunites with former New Zealand Warriors and Tongan teammate Tui Lolohea.

*Statistics by Brad Tallon