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Round 4 preview: Ready for action in XXXX Rivalry Round

It's XXXX Rivalry Round in the Hostplus Cup and it is guaranteed to produce some epic encounters with form going out the window when fierce oppositions go head-to-head.   

Fans should get to the grounds this weekend for their chance to snag a free XXXX bucket hat to get into the spirit of XXXX Rivalry Round.

Here is your Round 4 'stats pack' with all the numbers you need to know for this weekend's games, courtesy of Brad Tallon.

Round 4 Hostplus Cup 

PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons

Head-to-head: Sunshine Coast 8, PNG Hunters 7
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #FALCONSvPNG
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • There has been a strong rivalry between these two clubs since meeting in the 2017 grand final and this weekend’s game is shaping up to be no different
  • Sunshine Coast Falcons have won three of the past four games played against the Hunters
  • The Hunters however have won the only game played between these two sides at Runaway Bay, posting a physically dominant 32-12 win last year
  • Since that victory, the Hunters have lost five of their six games at Runaway Bay's Bycroft Oval
  • Sunshine Coast have struggled on the road in recent times and have lost three of their last four away games
  • In team news, the Hunters blooded a number of new faces last weekend, including Matthew Jesse who remains at fullback this weekend and halfback Jamie Mavoko

Northern Pride v Townsville Blackhawks

Head-to-head: Townsville Blackhawks 9, Northern Pride 3
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #TSVBvPRIDE
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • After posting their first win of the season last weekend, Townsville Blackhawks will host Northern Pride in a North Queensland derby
  • The Blackhawks require 10 points to bring up 4000 in the Cup; they have 2564 against
  • Townsville have won three of the past four games played between these two sides and have have won all five games played between these two sides at Barlow Park
  • Overall, the Pride have lost their past three games at Barlow Park
  • The home side will be without winger Gideon Gela-Mosby for this game after he took an early guilty plea for a shoulder charge. Forward Nick Lui-Toso will also miss this match after also taking an guilty plea for dangerous contact
  • This will be Kyle Laybutt's 74th game for Townsville. His 73rd moved him past Anthony Mitchell for the third most games for the Blackhawks. Laybutt, who many know as a half, remains in the centres this weekend 

Central Queensland Capras v Mackay Cutters

Head-to-head: Mackay Cutters 17, Central Queensland 7
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #CUTTERSvCAPRAS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • Two top-four teams face off this weekend when Central Queensland Capras host fellow early-season flyers Mackay Cutters
  • This is the first time ever that the Capras have won the first three games of the season
  • Central Queensland have not won four games in a row since 2009
  • Mackay have won the past four, and seven of the past eight, games between these two sides
  • Central's win against PNG Hunters in Round 2 was their first win at Browne Park in 15 games
  • Mackay have won two of their past three away games
  • After racking up 50 games of Cup last weekend, this will be the 50th game for the Capras for forward Jamie Hill. His only other Cup match was played with Tweed
  • Cutters centre Sam Fa'apito will miss this match after taking an early guilty plea for a crusher tackle
  • The Capras will wear their 1982 heritage jersey for this game. The weekend is 40 years since the Capras won their first game at Browne Park when entering the state league

Burleigh Bears v Tweed Seagulls

Head-to-head: Burleigh Bears 20, Tweed Seagulls 4, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #BEARSvTWEED
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • Sparks are set to fly in this match with the Burleigh Bears and Tweed Seagulls holding one of the strongest rivalries in the competition
  • This will be Burleigh's 550th Cup match, they have won 318, drawn 19 and lost 212
  • Burleigh are currently in good form and have won their past three games and also also won nine of the past 10 games between these two sides
  • Burleigh have won the past five games between these two sides at Pizzey Park
  • Overall, the Bears have won their past 11 games at Pizzey Park
  • Tweed Seagulls will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's close loss which saw them struggle to score points against the Devils
  • The Seagulls have lost four of their past five away games
  • Seagulls skipper Lindon McGrady still needs just one more goal to bring up 200 in the Cup

Redcliffe Dolphins v Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Head-to-head: Redcliffe 32, Wynnum Manly 20, drawn 2
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #PHINSvWYN
Broadcast: Qplus.tv, 9Now, Kayo and Hostplus Cup Facebook page

  • This will be Wynnum Manly Seagulls coach Adam Brideson's 98th game in charge of the side, passing Jon Buchanan to coach the most Cup games for the club
  • The Seagulls have won two of the past three games played between these two sides and have also won the past three games between these two sides at BMD Kougari Oval
  • However, they have lost two of their past three games at their home ground
  • Their opponents Redcliffe have lost three of their past four away games
  • Last year's corresponding match was a classic, resulting in a 34-28 win to the Seagulls, with captain Sam Scarlett scoring his third try of the game in the 77th minute to take the win from Redcliffe

2012 Cup grand final between Wynnum Manly and Redcliffe

Brisbane Tigers v Ipswich Jets

Head-to-head: Tigers 27, Ipswich 23, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #TIGESvJETS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • Brisbane Tigers are undefeated in their past five games, a streak which includes two draws
  • Ipswich Jets have lost their past three games
  • This will be the first Cup game played at Villanova Oval
  • The visiting Ipswich have won two of the past three game between these two sides, with both wins being claimed at Langlands Park
  • The Tigers have two wins and a draw in their past three away games

Norths Devils v Souths Logan Magpies 

Head-to-head: Norths Devils 28, Souths Logan 20, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #DEVILSvMAGPIES
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • This will be the 50th Cup match played between these two sides
  • Souths Logan Magpies are still searching for their first win of the season and have three losses and a draw in their past four games
  • The Devils have won five of their past six games between these two sides
  • Norths have only won one of the past six games between these two sides at Bishop Park, with one 1 drawn result
  • Norths have won six of their past seven games at Bishop Park
  • The Magpies have only won one of their past five away games with one drawn match
  • This will be the 50th Cup game for Magpies winger Benaiah Bowie (main image), who previously played with Wynnum Manly Seagulls

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