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Round 19 preview: Broadhurst hits 150 as points milestone looms

There are only two more regular rounds remaining in the Hostplus Cup and places in the finals series are still very much up for grabs.

The grand final date was announced earlier this week and teams will be vying for a chance to play for the premiership on Saturday, September 24.

This weekend, Sunday's fan-voted feature match of the round is between Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Souths Logan Magpies, who will be playing for the Mitch Cronin Memorial Cup, and can be viewed live and free.

Here is your Round 19 'stats pack' with all of the numbers you need to know for this weekend's games, courtesy of Brad Tallon.

Hostplus Cup Round 19

PNG Hunters v Burleigh Bears

Head-to-head: Burleigh Bears 8, PNG Hunters 7
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #PNGvBEARS

  • PNG Hunters and Burleigh Bears kick off Round 19, with both sides coming into the match with a draw and a loss from their past two games
  • The last time the two sides met in Round 5 for their ANZAC Day game, the Bears were too strong, posting a 34-0 win
  • Overall, the Bears have won the past five, and six of the past seven, games between these two teams
  • The Hunters have four losses and a draw from their past six home games
  • While the Bears have been the team to beat this year, they currently have two losses and a draw from their past three away games
  • Josh Rogers brought up 200 points for the season last week after kicking four conversions and a penalty goal, the 36th time this has been achieved
  • PNG's 23-23 draw with Townsville last week was the first Cup game to end in that score, and only the fourth odd number draw in Cup history

Tweed Seagulls v Townsville Blackhawks

Head-to-head: Townsville Blackhawks 9, Tweed Seagulls 1, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #TWEEDvTSVB

  • The Townsville Blackhawks have plenty to play for and will need a win against Tweed Seagulls to remain a chance of playing finals. They will be hoping for a repeat of their last match against Tweed where they posted a 17-4 win
  • The Seagulls are in good form with two wins and a draw from their past three games and also have two wins and a draw from their past four home games
  • However, Tweed only have one against Townsville - but it came Piggabeen in 2019
  • Townsville have two losses and two draws from their past four games and also have three losses and a draw from their past four away matches
  • In milestone news, this will be the 100th Cup game for Townsville talent Kyle Laybutt. Laybutt, who also previously played for Mackay Cutters, only requires two more points to bring up 200 for Townsville
  • Tweed fullback Jamayne Isaako - who starred for Souths Logan Magpies early in his career - requires four points to bring up 300 in the Cup
  • In-form Tweed prop Sam Lisone will miss this weekend's match after taking an early guilty plea for contrary conduct

Mackay Cutters v Sunshine Coast Falcons 

Head-to-head: Mackay Cutters 15, Sunshine Coast 9
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #CUTTERSvFALCONS

  • With both the Mackay Cutters and Sunshine Coast Falcons in good form having won their past two games, this weekend's match up should provide a high-quality contest
  • Last week, the Falcons won a close match against Brisbane Tigers, while the Cutters upset Burleigh in a high-scoring contest
  • Played in BB Print Stadium this week where the Cutters have won their past two home games, the last time the two sides met in Round 5, the Sunshine Coast proved too strong, winning 30-10
  • While overall, the Cutters have the upper hand, the Sunshine Coast have won the past six, and seven of the past eight, games between these two sides, including the past two in Mackay
  • Cutters hooker Kyle Schneider has taken an early guilty plea for dangerous contact and will miss this weekend's match

Norths Devils v Ipswich Jets

Head-to-head: Norths Devils 27, Ipswich Jets 20, drawn 2
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #DEVILSvJETS

  • Ipswich Jets head to Bishop Park this week keen to upset the Devils after they let a win slip in Round 5 where Norths snatched a late 36-32
  • However, Norths have hit their straps in recent times and have won their past two games
  • The Devils have also won three of the past four games between these two sides and have won two of the past three games between these two sides at Bishop Park
  • The Jets however have some stats on their side, with Norths having lost three of their past four games at home, while Ipswich have won two of their past three away games
  • Despite being in fifth position on the ladder, Norths are ninth in attack and 11th in defence and total for-and-against
  • Norths are aiming for their 300th Cup win in their 575th game. They have 18 draws and 257 losses
  • This will be the 50th Cup game played between these two sides
  • Devils centre Connor Broadhurst is set to feature in his 150th Cup game. Broadhurst, who played previously with Burleigh Bears and Central Queensland Capras, requires two points to bring up 400 in the Cup

Top five: Hostplus Cup Round 18

Redcliffe Dolphins v Northern Pride 

Head-to-head: Northern Pride 19, Redcliffe Dolphins 6
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #PHINSvPRIDE

  • The Northern Pride side just inside the eight and come up against one of the form teams in the competition at the moment in the Redcliffe Dolphins this weekend
  • In their last meeting, the Pride scored a 30-18 win
  • Since then, the Dolphins have rocketed up the ladder and have nine wins and two draws in their past 11 games. This is the first time they have gone 11 games without a loss in the Cup
  • Pride have the upper hand in the head-to-head stakes and have won the past two, and three of the past four, games between these two sides. They have also won two of the past three games against the Dolphins at Redcliffe
  • However, Redcliffe have five wins and a draw from their past six home games
  • Having scored seven tries last week in their win over the Magpies, Redcliffe require four tries to become the first team to bring up 3000 in the competition. They have 2117 against
  • Pride coach Ty Williams moves to 106th Cup games coached this week and will pass Anthony Griffin to move to equal 18th with Kevin Walters for most cup games coached
  • Dolphins half Bryce Donovan - who has also played nine games for the Devils - will play his 50th game for the Dolphins this weekend
  • Pride back Gideon Gela-Mosby, who played his 50th game last weekend, will be out of action for the next two weeks after taking an early guilty plea for a careless high tackle

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies

Head-to-head: Wynnum Manly 32, Souths Logan 15, drawn 1
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #WYNvMAGPIES
Broadcast:, 9Now, Kayo Freebies and Hostplus Cup Facebook 

  • This Sunday, Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Souths Logan Magpies will play for a special trophy, with the annual Mitch Cronin Memorial Cup to be won
  • The Cup is decided on the aggregate score from both games played in a season. Following their 24-18 win Round 5 this year, the Magpies lead going into this game
  • This weekend's match will be an emotional one for the Seagulls who will play in their first home game since the passing of their former coach Paul Green who made a significant contribution to both the Seagulls and to rugby league as a whole. Both Green and Cronin will be honoured pre-game in a special ceremony
  • While the Magpies are in a poor patch of form at the moment, having lost their past 12 games, they have won the past two games between these two sides. In fact, their last win was their Round 5 victory against the Seagulls
  • The Magpies have also won three of the past four games between these two sides at BMD Kougari Oval
  • Souths Logan have lost their past five away games

Central Queensland Capras v Brisbane Tigers

Head-to-head: Tigers 36, Central Queensland 11, drawn 2
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #CAPRASvTIGES

  • The 50th Cup game between these two sides should provide a good contest, with home side Central Queensland Capras looking to halt their two-game losing streak against Brisbane Tigers
  • The last time the two sides met, it was the Tigers who came out on top with a 28-14 win
  • Overall, the Tigers have the better head-to-head record and have also won five of the past six games played between these two sides
  • The Tigers have also won four of the past five games between these two sides at Browne Park
  • However, the Tigers have lost three of their past four away games
  • While the Capras will be hoping they can keep them scoreless, the Tigers require 39 points to become the third team to bring up 15000 Cup points. They have 13046 against.

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