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Round 5 preview: Competition commemorates ANZAC Round

Hostplus Cup Round 5 will see the competition commemorate ANZAC Day, with many clubs hosting special ceremonies to mark the occasion.

Now a well-established tradition within Cup, the Burleigh Bears will host PNG Hunters on ANZAC Day - Monday, April 25 - as they play to claim the Kokoda Cup. 

Here is your Round 5 'stats pack' with all the numbers you need to know for this weekend's games, courtesy of Brad Tallon.

Hostplus Cup Round 5 ANZAC Round

Sunshine Coast Falcons v Mackay Cutters

Head-to-head: Mackay 15, Sunshine Coast 8
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #FALCONSvCUTTERS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • The Sunshine Coast have won the past five, and six of the past seven, games between these two sides, the last five by 14 points or more
  • The Falcons have also won the past three games played between these two sides at Sunshine Coast Stadium
  • The Falcons have won their past four home games
  • Mackay have lost two of their past three and six of their past eight, away games
  • In team news, Mackay Cutters named some considerable changes on 'team list Tuesday', with Kyle Krisanski-Kennedy set to make his first appearance for 2022 at fullback, while Ross Bella returns to the front row
  • Overall, it will be a big day of rugby league at Sunshine Coast Stadium this Saturday with four games overall taking place, including two Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup semi-finals. Both winners will face-off in the grand final which will also be held at Sunshine Coast Stadium next Sunday, May 1

Ipswich Jets v Norths Devils

Head-to-head: Norths Devils 26, Ipswich Jets 10, drawn 2
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #JETSvDEVILS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • Ipswich Jets have planned an extensive game day, with the club hosting their annual Defence Force Appreciation Day which will include a special ANZAC Day tribute before kick-off. The club are also offering free entry for all Defence and SES personnel 
  • On the field, the Jets will be working hard to turn around their recent form which has seen them lose their past four games
  • Their opponents Norths have won two of the past three matches between these two sides, but the Jets have won four of the past six games they have played against the Devils
  • Ipswich have also won five of the past six games between these two sides at North Ipswich Reserve
  • Ipswich have lost their past three and seven of their past eight, home games
  • Norths have won 11 of their past 12 away games, with the only loss coming in Round 17 last year against the Jets at Ipswich
  • This weekend, the home side will be without one of their most consistent performers with skipper Nat Neale sitting out the game due to a one-match suspension for a crusher tackle
  • This will be the 50th game for Norths for centre Connor Broadhurst who has played 137th overall following past stints with Burleigh Bears and Central Queensland Capras
  • Ipswich Jets half Rhys Jacks will play his 100th Cup game this weekend. Jacks has vast experience in the competition after previously playing with Souths Logan Magpies, Sunshine Coast Falcons and Brisbane Tigers
  • In late-breaking news this week, Norths coach Rohan Smith signed on with immediate effect to guide Super League team Leeds Rhinos

Northern Pride v Redcliffe Dolphins

Head-to-head: Northern Pride 18, Redcliffe Dolphins 6
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #PRIDEvPHINS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • Since 2015, neither of these sides have been able to win consecutive games against each other apart from Redcliffe in 2016-2017. Pride won the last time the sides met
  • The Pride have lost their past three games going into this match
  • Redcliffe have won two of the past three games played between these two sides in Cairns
  • The Pride have lost their past four games at Barlow Park
  • Redcliffe have lost their past two, and four of their past five away games
  • This will be the 50th game for Redcliffe fullback Trai Fuller, a figure which includes his NRL State Championship final appearance in 2018

Townsville Blackhawks v Tweed Seagulls

Head-to-head: Townsville Blackhawks 8, Tweed Seagulls 1, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #TSVBvTWEED
Broadcast: Qplus.tv, 9Now, Kayo and Hostplus Cup Facebook page 

  • The Townsville Blackhawks will wear special ANZAC Round jerseys for this weekend's match which fans can bid on. Auction profits will benefit Legacy
  • The past three games between these two sides has resulted in a win each and a draw. Townsville had won the previous seven matches
  • Townsville have won all four games between these two sides at Jack Manski Oval
  • After a slow start to the season, Townsville's win in their last home game over Wynnum Manly Seagulls was their first home win in five games
  • In team news, this will be the first appearance for the Blackhawks by Rob Lui and Jordan Kenworthy. Kyle Laybutt will miss this match due to suspension
  • Craig Garvey will start at hooker in this match for Tweed Seagulls with Brent Woolf out 

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Brisbane Tigers v Central Queensland Capras

Head-to-head: Tigers 35, Central 11, drawn 2
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #TIGESvCAPRAS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv

  • This matches sees two top-of-the-table teams meet with both sides undefeated so far. The Capras have won all their matches, while the Tigers have had three wins and a draw
  • Home side the Tigers have won the only previous game played at Villanova Park, their Round 4 win over Ipswich Jets 
  • The Capras won the last game played between these two sides, after the Tigers had won the previous four
  • The Tigers have won seven of their past eight home games over the Capras; Central Queensland's last win over Tigers in Brisbane was in 2011
  • Tigers have two wins and a draw from their past three home games
  • The Capras have won their last four games, only the third time they have achieved this. The club did it previously in 1998 and 2009. Only once before, in 2009, have they won five in a row
  • The Capras are aiming for their 150th win in their 540th Cup game - they have 18 draws and 372 losses

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies

Head-to-head: Wynnum 32, Souths Logan 14, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #WYNvMAGPIES
Broadcast: Qplus.tv

  • Souths Logan Magpies travel to BMD Kougari Oval hunting for their first win of the season
  • The Magpies have four losses and a draw in their last five games
  • The Magpies, however, won the previous game between these two sides after Wynnum Manly had won the previous three
  • The Magpies have won two of the previous three games between these two sides at BMD Kougari Oval
  • The Magpies have three losses and a draw from their past four away games
  • This weekend, the Seagulls will be without Te Maire Martin, who was named to make a remarkable return to the NRL after being named at fullback for the Brisbane Broncos

Burleigh Bears v PNG Hunters

Head-to-head: Burleigh Bears 7, PNG Hunters 7
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #BEARSvPNG
Broadcast: Qplus.tv

  • The Burleigh Bears will host the PNG Hunters at Pizzey Park on ANZAC Day on Monday in the 2022 instalment of the coveted Kokoda Cup
  • This is the eighth ANZAC Day fixture between these two sides with Burleigh winning five of them (including the past three) and PNG winning two
  • Burleigh have won the past four and five of the past six, games between these two sides
  • PNG have lost their past three games
  • Burleigh have won the past three and four of the past five, games between these two sides at Pizzey Park
  • Burleigh's loss to Tweed in the last round was their first loss at Pizzey Park in 12 games
  • This will be the 50th game for Burleigh Bears five-eighth Josh Rogers, a tally that includes his NRL State Championship appearance 

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