Easts Tigers v Redcliffe Dolphins at Tapout Energy Stadium on Saturday, May 16 – 3pm

The Tigers return home to Tapout Energy Stadium to kick off Round 10 of the Intrust Super Cup against the Redcliffe Dolphins and are looking to avoid a third straight loss that has seen them drop from second to sixth on the ladder. Not that the two losses should be an alarm bell as they were a close loss last weekend to Ipswich and a 28 point loss to Townsville before that. A margin that has proven to be far from a disgrace given Townsville’s season so far.

Their opponents Redcliffe won their second game of the season last weekend, both of which have been away from home, but a trip to Easts will no doubt be a different prospect than Davies Park or Bishop Park in 2015.

The Tigers are unbeaten in four home games this season, and with a for and against of 142-26 the prospects aren’t good for Redcliffe to register a second straight win, but worth noting is that the Dolphins only two away wins this season have been in South East Queensland venues.

The inclusion of Cameron Munster at fullback among a side full of quality can only increase the chances of a home win.

Prediction: Easts by 20.

Last Year: Easts 52 Redcliffe 16
Odds: Easts $1.30 Redcliffe $3.35

Teams:

Easts Tigers: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Richie Kennar 3. Michael Kai 4. Eddie Tautali 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 7. Grant Giess 8. Dean Britt 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Foisa Peni 17. Donald Malone

Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen

Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Josh Beehag 2. Tom Opacic 3. Tristan Lumley 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Curtis Johnston 6. John Brady 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 21. Shane Pumipi 10. Jon Green 11. Josh Benjamin 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Trent Richardson 14. Darcy Etrich 15. Tom Geraghty 16. Harley Aiono 17. Taylor Brown

Coach: Troy Lindsay

Sunshine Coast Falcons v Souths Logan Magpies at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, May 16 – 3.30pm

Two of the competition’s strugglers meet at the Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the home side Sunshine  Coast looking for their third win of the season after their improved form and results from earlier in the season has tailed off with two losses and a bye. One of those losses was a large 50-16 loss to Mackay on last weekend’s TV game.

Souths Logan meanwhile are in even worse shape. They sit second last, and are only off the bottom due to points scored as their competition points tally, for and against, and total of one win for the season are exactly the same as Central. Like the Capras a win would be welcomed, but a win may not save them from being last, nor would a loss automatically mean demotion.

Both sides will need to start winning this weekend to have even the slightest chance of playing rugby league beyond August. Both do look likely to challenging each other at the other end of table this season, and a win here may prove crucial later in the season.

Prediction: Souths Logan by 6.

Last Year: Sunshine Coast 14 Souths Logan 38
Odds: Sunshine Coast $1.50 Souths Logan $2.50

Teams:

Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Sam Young 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Travis Robinson 4. Hymel Hunt 5. Tony Tumusa 6. Ben Hampton 7. Billy Kitt 8. Jon Platt 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Joe Stimson 12. Rueben Baillie 13. James Ackerman 14. Jacob Samoa (c) 15. Johnny Vuetibau 16. Jye Ballinger 17. Ricky Shaxson 18. Kem Seru 20. David Oakes

Coach: Glen Dreger

Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Josh Damen 2. Samisoni Vaioleti 3. Dallas Anderson 4. Tim Brooks 5. Matt Trnka 6. Jack Joass 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Mitch Garbutt 9. Travis Waddell 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Scott Doyle 12. Dan Tamou 13. Joe Boyce 14. Herschel Gideon 15. Phil Dennis (c) 16. Sam Gardel 17. Leon Panapa

Coach: Josh Hannay

Mackay Cutters v Ipswich Jets at Stadium Mackay on Saturday, May 16 – 6pm

Saturday evening in Mackay features clash between two of the three teams in equal second position on the ladder, both with the goal of staying within touching distance of Townsville.

Mackay were mightily impressive in their dismantling of the Falcons last weekend and their 50 points scored provides exactly what they’ll need against a side with as much attacking flair as the Ipswich Jets.

The Jets have the firepower and the players to score tries from anywhere, there should be plenty of points in Saturday’s game with both sides averaging over 26 points per game in attack. But in reply Mackay have the slightly better defence with 16 points per game against the Jets 22, so the result will more than likely be determined by whose defence is more trustworthy among the many points.

Mackay fans have been encouraged to wear pink to Saturday’s game as they celebrate Women in League, and the use of pink certainly helped Ipswich in last weekend’s game for Mother’s Day, so why not the Cutters this weekend.

Prediction: Mackay by 4.

Last Year: Mackay 12 Ipswich 36
Odds: Mackay $1.63 Ipswich $2.20

Teams:

Mackay Cutters: 1. Sam Clune 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Tyson Martin 4. Justin Tavae 5. Zack Walker 6. Cameron Cullen 7. Liam Taylor 8. Brad Lupi 9. Michael Sio 10. Sam Hoare 11. Josh Osborne 12. Kelvin Nielsen 13. Chris Gesch (c) 14. Josh Chudleigh 15. Aleki Falepaini 16. Brenden Treston 17. Joss Boyton 18. Blake Atherton 19. Ryan Kinlyside

Coach: Kim Williams

Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Brandon McGrady 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 8. Josh Seage 9. Matt Parcell 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Troy O’Sullivan 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell 21. Daniel Vidot

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

CQ Capras v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Marley Browne Oval, Gladstone on Saturday, May 16 – 7pm

The Rockhampton based Central Capras welcome the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, and take them on a trip just down the road (for Queensland scale) for the annual trip to Marley Brown Oval in Gladstone.

The Capras have one win and one loss from previous season’s trips to Gladstone, and desperately need a win to drag themselves off the bottom of the Intrust Super Cup ladder. Although losing by less than Souths Logan will also achieve that, a win would be more welcome.

Their task is a tough one as their opponents Wynnum Manly are on a run of four straight wins, and holding onto second place ahead of two other teams on the same points on superior for and against. Central haven’t won since their opening round win in March.

The Capras have been hard to beat this year at home despite just one win, and the Seagulls are 2-1from three games on the road this year, one of those just down the road at Thornlands, so the Capras have some chance of an upset and a first win for Lionel Harbin.

Prediction: Central by 2

Last Year: Central 26 Wynnum Manly 18
Odds: Central $3.70 Wynnum Manly $1.25

Teams:

CQ Capras: 1. Javarn White 2. Jake Ainsworth 3. Jacob Gagai 4. Hayden Buckman 5. Clinton Mooney 6. Matt Minto 7. Ian Webster 8. Gerard Tema 9. Josh Mitchell 10. Gavin Hiscox 11. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Garrett Field 14. Aaron Watson 15. Josh Johnston 16. Dean McAdam 17. Tyson White 18. Corbyn Kilday 19. Dean Allen

Coach: Lionel Harbin

Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Matthew Grieve 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Greg Eden 6. Patrick Templeman 7. Matthew Seamark 8. Ben Shea 9. Alehana Mara 10. Tim Natusch (c) 11. Aaron Rockley 12. Brendon Gibb 13. Mitchell Frei 14. John Te Reo 15. Jon Grieve 16. Stephen Coombe 17. Olsi Krasniqi

Coach: Jon Buchanan

Tweed Heads Seagulls v Townsville Blackhawks at Piggabeen Sports on Sunday, May 17 – 1.40pm* (Live on Channel 9)

The Townsville Blackhawks continue to provide the benchmark for the 2015 Intrust Super Cup, and their campaign continues at Tweed Heads for the TV audience on Sunday afternoon fresh from their seventh win in a row in a 72 point hiding of the Burleigh Bears.

The Tweed Heads Seagulls themselves endured a tough game against their mascot namesake last Saturday in Wynnum, and the game on Sunday will be as tough as it gets against the red hot leader s of the competition.

One thing in the Seagulls favour is that they are currently one from one in front of the cameras in 2015, whilst the Blackhawks only loss was seen on Channel 9 against Ipswich. With the big names in the Townsville line up you couldn’t argue that it comes down to stage fright, but if Townsville do lose on Sunday it would at least be an interesting statistic. Tweed Heads’ previous TV win did come on the back of some brilliant play from Kane Elgey in the pouring rain that afternoon. Two things the Seagulls won’t have this Sunday afternoon.

Whilst Tweed Heads have a respectable 4-4 record so far in 2015, the weight of numbers in favour of the new boys, including scoring almost twice as many points as the Seagulls points to the run of Townsville continuing.

Prediction: Townsville by 30

Last Year: N/A
Odds: Tweed Heads $5.00 Townsville $1.15

Teams:

Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Shaun Carney 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. Tim Cassidy 4. Davin Crampton 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Ricardo Parata 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Damian Sironen (c) 9. Matt Srama 10. Oliver Percy 11. Matt Robinson 12. Dane Clarke 13. Sam Saville 14. Sam Meskell 15. Leva Li 16. Hemi Mullen 17. Will Bugden 18. Jai Ingram

Coach: Aaron Zimmerle

Townsville Blackhawks: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Zac Santo 3. Tom Humble 18. Mosese Pangai 5. Kyle Feldt 6. Robert Lui 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Lorenzo Ma’afu 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Daniel Beasley (c) 11. Glenn Hall 12. Rhyse Martin 21. Neville Costigan 14. Nathan Norford 15. Noel Underwood 16. Chris McLean 17. Ricky Thorby 19. Corey Jensen

Coach: Kristian Woolf

Norths Devils v PNG Hunters at Bishop Park on Sunday, May 17 – 2.30pm

The Devils broke a long running winless streak at home to the equally luckless Central Capras last Sunday and will be looking to double up this Sunday at home to the PNG Hunters.

The Hunters themselves showed no real side effects from a large involvement in the previous weekend’s international break as they powered home in the second half to beat the Northern Pride.

The Devils are two from four at home, whilst the Hunters have the two wins from five away from PNG, so form lines are hard to read for Sunday’s clash, but one could imagine there’ll be plenty of points at a minimum. It is the only clash in Brisbane on the traditional Sunday afternoon time slot, so a trip to Bishop Park will probably rewarded with plenty of attacking rugby league.

Hopefully the reports of financial troubles and the Hunters not being able to see out the season don’t turn out to be true. But with having to pay for visiting teams travel and a second half of the season heavily weighted to PNG Home games it may be a struggle. So try and catch a game whilst you can in case of the worst case scenario.

Prediction: PNG by 12

Last Year: Norths 32 PNG 24
Odds: Norths $2.65 PNG $1.65

Teams:

Norths Devils: 1. Ryan Millard 2. Kainga Turner3. Dylan Galloway 4. Joel Bailey 5. Rogan Dean 6. Sam Foster 7. Sean Loxley 8. Matt Mizzi 9. Krys Freeman 10. Francis Molo 11. Rhett Webster 12. Brett Greinke (c) 13. Todd Lowrie 14. Byron Creighton 15. Billy Solah 16. Richard Tuala 17. Josh Afoa

Coach: Mark Gliddon

PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Bland Tony 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Ase Boas 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Kato Ottio 12. Brandy Peter 13. Adam Korave 14. Roger Laka 15. Lawrence Tu’u 16. Willie Minoga 17. Enock Maki 18. Atte Bina

Coach: Michael Marum