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Finals Week 2 preview: All on the line this weekend

It all goes on the line in the Hostplus Cup this weekend in the second week of finals with two big matches to look forward to. 

Following their wins last weekend, Norths Devils and Redcliffe Dolphins will be back in action next weekend in the preliminary finals matches. 

More information about the finals structure - including the finals eligibility of players and extra time rules - can be found in the QRL's statewide competitions manual

Hostplus Cup Finals Week 2

Burleigh Bears v Central Queensland Capras

Head-to-head: Burleigh Bears 38, Central Queensland Capras 10
Head-to-head finals: 
First match 
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #BEARSvCAPRAS
Broadcast: This game will be broadcast via QPlus.tv

  • Burleigh Bears host Central Queensland Capras in their elimination semi-final and are no doubt still smarting after giving up their lead late against Norths Devils last weekend
  • That loss was their first at Pizzey Park in eight games, and only their second loss there in 21 games
  • The Capras come into this match buoyed by an outstanding second-half performance that saw them post 30 unanswered points in their victory against the Devils last weekend
  • The last time the Bears met the Capras was in Emerald in Round 9 with the Bears claiming a 28-22 win
  • In finals the Bears have a mixed record, playing 30 games and winning 16 and losing 14
  • The Capras in contrast have only played four finals matches, winning two and losing two
  • Frontrunners for much of the season, the minor premiership Bears have hit a snag in their form in recent weeks and have lost three of their past four games
  • Overall, the Bears have also lost three of their past four finals games
  • The Capras are hitting their strides and have won their past two games after losing their previous three
  • However, the Bears have the upper hand against their opponents and have won the past seven games against the Capras
  • The Bears have also won 19 of the 22 games played between these two sides at Pizzey Park
  • The Capras have two losses and a draw in their past four away games
  • The Bears have put the call out to their fans to come and support them this weekend and are offering free entry to Burleigh Bears Junior Rugby League Football Club players who wear their 2022 training shirt. Their parents will also get in for free

Nixon putting in the work with Capras

Sunshine Coast Falcons v Tweed Seagulls

Head-to-head: Tweed Seagulls 14, Sunshine Coast 8
Head-to-head finals: First match  
Hashtags: #HostplusCup #FALCONSvTWEED
Broadcast: This game will be broadcast via FOX Sports and Kayo 
Radio call: SENQ 693 AM and DAB+ in Brisbane. Or listen via the SEN app.

  • Tweed Seagulls travel to the Sunshine Coast this weekend to take on the Falcons after the Seagulls posted a gritty win against Brisbane Tigers last weekend, while the Falcons went down to Redcliffe Dolphins
  • Home venue advantage has been real this season, with the Seagulls winning 28-6 at Piggabeen in Round 2, while the Falcons were 26-18 victors in their Round 15 match at Sunshine Coast Stadium
  • In recent times, the Falcons have won the past two games between these two sides at Sunshine Coast Stadium after Tweed won the previous four
  • The Falcons' loss to Redcliffe last week was their first loss at home in five games. It was also only their second loss there in 13 games 
  • Overall in finals matches the Falcons have played 16 and have won eight and lost eight. The Seagulls have played 19, winning seven and losing 12
    However, the Falcons have lost their past three, and five of their past six, finals games
  • The Seagulls have issues of their own to overcome this weekend have have lost three of their past four away games
  • Seagulls skipper Lindon McGrady, who scored a try, slotted a conversion and kicked a penalty goal, requires 12 points to bring up 600 in the Cup

'Our group has a lot of fight' - Siolo

 

 

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