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Round 13 preview: Williams notches 100 games with Pride

Round 13 of the Hostplus Cup will see some special celebrations take place across the competition, with it also being BMD Indigenous Round, coinciding with NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week this year will take place from July 3 to July 10, with the theme being Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! Rugby league clubs are encouraged to connect with Indigenous communities and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Most clubs - including Burleigh Bears, Brisbane Tigers, Souths Logan Magpies, Norths Devils, Ipswich Jets, Northern Pride, Central Queensland Capras and Wynnum Manly Seagulls - will be wearing specially designed Indigenous jerseys for the round, with detailed explanations of the artwork and the meaning behind it being shared on their club websites and social media accounts.

Here is your Round 13 'stats pack' with all the numbers you need to know for this weekend's games, courtesy of Brad Tallon.

Hostplus Cup Round 13

Ipswich Jets v PNG Hunters

Head-to-head: PNG Hunters 9, Ipswich Jets 4
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #PNGvJETS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • The Jets secured their first win of the season in their last outing and will be hoping to post a win this weekend for their home fans
  • They will come up against a Hunters side that features a number of players who were part of an impressive PNG Kumuls win in their Pacific Test against Fiji Bati last weekend
  • The side will also welcome back skipper Ila Alu from injury
  • While the Hunters have the head-to-head advantage, the Jets have won two of the past three games played between these two sides
  • Neither side has won consecutive games between these two sides at North Ipswich Reserve. The Jets won the last game in 2018
  • Overall however, the Jets have lost their past six home games
  • The Hunters have lost their past two and four of their past five away games
  • The Jets are trying to avoid their 300th loss in their 566th Cup game. The side have have 248 wins and 18 draws
  • This Saturday, the Jets are hosting their annual Indigenous Appreciation Day  to celebrate the start of NAIDOC Week. Game day will feature a pre-match performance by Nunukal Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Company. To add another flavour to the celebrations of a big game, there will also be PNG food stalls, a half-time PNG performance and music 

Sunshine Coast Falcons v Townsville Blackhawks

Head-to-head: Townsville Blackhawks 8, Sunshine Coast 5
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #TSVBvFALCONS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • The Falcons are perched high on the ladder in second spot, despite having lost their past two games
  • Their opponents this week, the Blackhawks, got back on track in Round 12 with a win against Brisbane Tigers
  • The Blackhawks have won the past two and three of the past four games played between these two sides at Sunshine Coast Stadium
  • The Falcons lost their last home game, but had won their previous six matches at the stadium
  • In team news, Michael Carroll returns to the wing for the Blackhawks, while there are a number of changes slated for the Falcons, including the return of Daniel Atkinson and Jack Wright in the halves

Central Queensland Capras v Tweed Seagulls

Head-to-head: Tweed Seagulls 26, Central Queensland 7, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #CAPRASvTWEED
Broadcast: Qplus.tv 

  • Top-three team the Capras are at home against top six team the Seagulls in what should be a closely match game
  • The Capras have two win and a draw from their past three games
  • The Seagulls have won the past five and 17 of the past 18 games between these two sides, including the past nine games at Browne Park
  • The Capras have been in good form at home recently and have won their past four matches at Browne Park
  • The Seagulls will be aiming to disrupt that trend, but have some mixed away form, having won their past two and three of their past four games on the road

Northern Pride v Burleigh Bears

Head-to-head: Northern Pride 13, Burleigh Bears 9, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #PRIDEvBEARS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv

  • The Bears have been in formidable form in recent weeks and have won their past eight games, including their past five away games
  • The Pride have two wins and a draw from their past four home games
  • The Bears have won the past three games played between these two sides, including the past two at Barlow Park
  • This will be the 100th Cup game coached by Ty Williams. Williams has coached his whole Cup career at the Pride and in that time he has secured has 36 wins, four draws and 50 losses. He is the 21st coach to reach 100 Cup games

Souths Logan Magpies v Mackay Cutters

Head-to-head: Souths Logan Magpies 20, Mackay Cutters 4, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #MAGPIESvCUTTERS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv

  • The Magpies are back at Davies Park this week after hosting Tweed Seagulls in their Round 9 catch-up game at Marsden State High School last weekend
  • The Magpies have lost their past six games
  • When it comes to matches against this week's opponents the Cutters, however, the Magpies have won 10 and drawn one of the past 11 games played between these two sides
  • The Magpies have 11 wins and a draw in their 13 home games against the Cutters. Mackay's only win was at Davies Park in 2012
  • The Cutters have only had one win in the past 15 games played between these two sides, securing a victory in Mackay in 2014
  • The Magpies have four losses and a draw in their past five home games, while the Cutters however have won their past two away games
  • In team news, the Magpies have named Queensland Under 19 representatives Blake Mozer and Harradyn Wilson in their line-up

Brisbane Tigers v Redcliffe Dolphins

Head-to-head: Redcliffe Dolphins 34, Tigers 18, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #TIGERSvPHINS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv, 9Now, Kayo Freebies and Hostplus Cup Facebook 

  • The Tigers are back home at Langlands Park this weekend and will take on old rivals the Dolphins
  • The Tigers have lost their past three games and will be aiming to get back on track and take the Dolphins' place in the top eight on the ladder
  • At home however, the Tigers have secured three wins and a draw in their past four home games
  • The Dolphins have won four and drawn one of their past five games and have won their past two away games
  • The two clubs have a strong history of playing against each other, with the Dolphins having a dominant record overall. The visitors have also won the past three, and seven of the past eight, games between these two sides 

Norths Devils v Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Head-to-head: Wynnum Manly 26, Norths Devils 21, drawn 2
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #DEVILSvWYN
Broadcast: Qplus.tv

  • This will be the 50th Cup game to be played between these two sides
  • Wynnum Manly have won their past two games and have also won their past two away games, while Norths have lost their past two home games
  • Overall, while Wynnum Manly have the slim advantage in the head-to-head stakes, Norths have won the previous two games between these two sides
  • Adam Brideson - who has recently announced his intention to step away from his role with the Seagulls at the end of the season - is set to coach his 106th Cup game to pass Anthony Griffin and move to equal 17th with Kevin Walters
  • Wynnum Manly are trying to avoid their 250th loss in their 575th Cup game. The club have 307 wins and 18 draws

You can watch all Hostplus Cup games via QPlus.tv

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