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Round 10 Mal Meninga Cup preview

The Mackay Cutters are undergoing a change.

With the Hostplus Cup and BMD Premiership sides both top the table and the Cutters’ Mal Meninga in fourth place, things are looking good in the north.

Not to mention the Harvey Norman Under 19 side celebrating the first grand final win at the weekend.

The last time the Cutters made the Mal Meninga finals was 2018 when they lost in week one to Norths Devils.

After starting the season with a bye and two losses, the Cutters have done a U-turn in the football cul-de-sac and headed for finals.

Since the lost to the Townsville Blackhawks in Round 2, the Cutters have won five games in a row.

The Cutters’ defence has become a thing of beauty to watch, only allowing 60 points to pass through them during the five-game streak. Their defence has become the best in the competition.

At the back driving this change has been Cutters and Queensland Under 19 fullback Mutua Brown; last week against the Western Clydesdales the Cutters’ No.1 was sensational with 232 run metres and four line breaks to go with his two tries.

What a weapon: Mutua Brown

Brown now has seven tries for the season and is equal with Wynnum Manly’s Jaycob Kingston-Francis.

The Cutters just did everything right and kept the ball in their control with 54 per cent of possession; with seven line breaks and 50 tackle breaks, the Cutters attack sprang into action.

Cutters’ coach Andrew Battaia knows the middle is where this will be at its most fierce.

“Wynnum throw a lot of middle shape at you, they’re a big team and they will be coming through there,” Battaia said.

“We know that’s where we need to hold them. We are not a big team but that’s what we are up against this week.

“Our defence is one of the things we talk about constantly, we say if we keep them to zero we only have to score once."

Wynnum Manly Seagulls are coming for the Cutters off a big win over the Townsville Blackhawks, 44-6. It’s no surprise who was leading the Wynnum Manly charge with Beni Allen scoring the first try and making two line breaks.

Wynnum Manly are currently in sixth spot and four points behind the Cutters. The last time the Seagulls and Cutters opposed each other was 2019 and the Seagulls were too strong, 58-12.

Wynnum Manly had 60 per cent of the ball, which always goes a long way to winning any game; all of that possession meant six line breaks and 49 tackle breaks.

When it came to the other side of the ball, Wynnum Manly only missed 17 tackles.

Leading that defence was Harry Armstrong on 23 tackles and Kylen Vumipola was a headache with 164 run metres.

This game could be a defensive battle and low scoring as both teams love to get dirty without the ball.

Elsewhere, Ipswich Jets and Tweed Seagulls will clash at Piggabeen.

Burleigh Bears host Souths Logan Magpies.

Norths Devils head to Cairns to take on Northern Pride.

Mackay Cutters and Wynnum Manly Seagulls go head-to-head.

Sunshine Coast Falcons and Townsville Blackhawks meet at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Redcliffe Dolphins head over the range to take on Western Clydesdales.

And Brisbane Tigers host Central Queensland Capras on Sunday.

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