Round 12 is rivalry round in the Intrust Super Cup with battles between 6 sets of rivals spanning from Far North Queensland to Northern NSW. Only the Townsville Blackhawks and PNG Hunters miss out this week, but after their clash last week they probably deserve the week off.
Here’s our weekly preview of this week’s action. Worth keeping an eye on the QRL website and team’s twitter pages for details of live streams.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls,11,8,3,0,301,187,114,16
Tweed Heads Seagulls,11,4,6,1,212,244,-32,10
Souths Logan Magpies,11,3,7,1,229,290,-61,8
Sunshine Coast Falcons,11,2,8,1,156,324,-168,6
Souths Logan Magpies v Ipswich Jets at Jack O’Chin Oval, Cherbourg on Saturday – 3pm
Souths Logan Magpies open up the rivalry round by moving their home fixtures 3 hours north-west of Davies Park to Cherbourg as they welcome the Ipswich Jets.
Up until their first win at Davies Park for the year last weekend, one could excuse the Magpies if they wanted to play more games away from West End, but the arrival of Ashley Taylor and a resulting huge turnaround in form has resulted in two wins in two weeks and given Souths Logan a spring in their step. It’s not just the two wins, they have been won in style with a combined aggregate of 72-8 highlighting the excellent form lately.
They’ll need every bit of that great form as the Ipswich Jets are equal first (behind Townsville by 180 points of points difference), have won four in a row, and are unbeaten in five games away from Ipswich. They are also one of the most exciting attacking teams, so if the Magpies can keep them to the same 4 points conceded it will be some performance.
At the end of this game we’ll know if the Magpies turnaround is a flash in the pan or they are coming good for real and in just enough time to cause trouble throughout the Intrust Super Cup. This week we’re going to tip for trouble.
Prediction: Souths Logan by 8
Last Year: Souths Logan 10 Ipswich 18
Odds: Souths Logan $3.85 Ipswich $1.26
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. Tikiko Noke 9. Herschel Gideon 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Scott Doyle 12. Dan Tamou 14. Travis Waddell 15. Hansel Semau 13. Phil Dennis (c) 16. Sam Gardel 17. Leon Panapa
Coach: Josh Hannay
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. Fakahoko Teutau 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Gerico Cecil
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
CQ Capras v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Browne Park on Saturday– 6pm
One of the newer rivalries in the Intrust Super Cup plays out on Saturday night in Rockhampton, with both teams getting more desperate for a win with only three wins between the two sides so far in 2015. Both of these teams have a few things in common – the major and most recent is that both sides were thrashed last weekend and conceded 60 points in the process. Having been at Dolphin Oval last weekend, the Capras didn’t look too bad, they were just blown away by a couple of bursts of attack from Redcliffe.
The Sunshine Coast Falcons have now lost the momentum from earlier in the year where they turned good near misses into two wins. They have now lost four in a row and haven’t won since April 12.
On a worse losing streak, Central haven’t won since triumphing in the first round of the year, but their home form has been quite good, and they have welcomed a lot of the big names in Ipswich and Wynnum and been competitive.
Both sides will be hoping to erase the bad performance from last weekend, and another 60 plus score looks unlikely as does a large margin. It will be tight and a win here is all important to avoid last. Central’s home form tempts us to tip them to bounce back best.
Prediction: Central by 2
Last Year: Central 40 Sunshine Coast 12
Odds: Central $1.80 Sunshine Coast $2.00
CQ Capras: 1. Javarn White 2. Jake Ainsworth 3. Shaun Collins 4. Dan Randall 5. Hayden Buckman 6. Matt Minto 7. Ian Webster 8. Gerard Tema 9. Josh Mitchell 10. Gavin Hiscox 11. Garrett Field 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Corbyn Kilday 14. Aaron Watson 15. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 16. Dean McAdam 17. Tyson White 18. Clinton Mooney 19. Tarrant Mariner 20. Reece Baker
Coach: Lionel Harbin
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Sam Young 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Travis Robinson 4. Callum Klein 5. Tony Tumusa 6. David Oakes 7. Jake Turpin 8. James Ackerman 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Joe Stimson 12. Rueben Baillie 13. Jacob Samoa (c) 14. Jacob Harney 15. Johnny Vuetibau 16. Mboya Adams 17. Jye Ballinger 18. Sam Sotogi 19. Jay Lobwein
Coach: Glen Dreger
Norths Devils v Easts Tigers at Bishop Park on Sunday – 1.40pm*
TV Game – Live on Chanel 9
The Channel 9 cameras return to Bishop Park this weekend as the Norths Devils welcome an Easts Tigers side who got their season back on track with a big win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons last weekend.
You only have to go back to Round 9 for Norths last win, which was at home to the Central Capras, and their last two weeks have seen two losses to in form sides in PNG Hunters and Souths Logan, but there were only two wins before that. The bye has them lower down than they would be with an extra 2 points gifted to teams around them, but the minus 189 points difference means they would only rise one place.
Easts Tigers shook off a mini slump last weekend and the line up announced is as daunting a team that will be unveiled in the Intrust Super Cup this weekend.
Norths will probably be thankful that they play this game at home as the Tigers have racked up a lot of 50+ scores at home to sides around the bottom of the ladder this season. Whilst the Tigers away form has been hot and cold this season, they should have plenty to cover the Devils.
Prediction: Easts by 20
Last Year: Norths 20 Easts 27
Odds: Norths $4.50 Easts $1.20
Norths Devils: 1. Sean Loxley 2. Luke Pollock 3. Dylan Galloway 4. Ryan Millard 5. Rogan Dean 6. Joshua Fauid 7. Liam Tyson 8. Richard Tuala 9. Krys Freeman 10. Chris Faust 11. Michael Molo 12. Brett Greinke (c) 13. Steve Elliott 14. Will McNee 15. Billy Solah 16. Matt Mizzi 17. Josh Afoa
Coach: Mark Gliddon
Easts Tigers: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Richie Kennar 3. Michael Kai 4. Eddie Tautali 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 7. Grant Giess 8. Matthew Zgrajewski 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Dean Britt 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Jake Foster 16. Foisa Peni 17. Billy Walters 18. Brenton Horwood
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
Northern Pride v Mackay Cutters at Barlow Park on Sunday – 2pm
The Intrust Super Cup heads for the warmer climate of Cairns for its most northerly rivalry this weekend for a meeting of two North Queensland sides going in different directions in the competition.
The premiers started their defence off poorly with 4 straight losses but they have recovered to win 5 of the next 6 and now sit just two points off this week’s opponents Mackay. Although a win will not guarantee jumping their rivals as it will need a 60+ points turnaround. Their hard fought last minute win at Wynnum last weekend proved their quality still remains, and also that Wynnum don’t like playing against northern Queensland sides at home as they are 0-2 so far.
Talking of turnarounds, Mackay were equal second and just one win from the Blackhawks in Round 9, they have now slipped to fifth. A win in Cairns would stop a minor form blip becoming a slide, as there are plenty of hungry sides below them in good form snapping at their heels.
The betting emporiums couldn’t split them odds-wise, but we’ll be a bit braver and go with the Pride to maintain their charge up the ladder.
Prediction: Pride by 12
Last Year: Pride 22 Mackay 18
Odds: Pride $1.90 Mackay $1.90
Northern Pride: 1. Hezron Murgha 2. Linc Port 3. Brett Anderson (c) 4. Javid Bowen 5. Luke George 6. Ryan Ghietti 7. Sam Obst 8. Jack Svendsen 9. Jason Roos (c) 10. David Murphy 11. Vaipuna Tia Kilifi 12. Graham Clark 13. Tom Hancock 14. Cameron King 15. Regan Verney 16. Sheldon Powe Hobbs 17. Alex Starmer 18. Nathan Wales 19. Bradley Stephen 20. Denzel King
Coach: Joe O’Callaghan
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. Chris Gesch (c) 11. Brenden Treston 12. Josh Osborne 13. Aleki Falepaini 14. Josh Chudleigh 15. Coen Hess 16. Joss Boyton 18. Ryan Kinlyside 19. Gavin Bennion
Coach: Kim Williams
Redcliffe Dolphins v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Dolphin Oval on Sunday – 2pm
The traditional bayside rivalry reignites on Sunday afternoon in a replay of the 2012 Queensland Cup final for which Redcliffe will be seeking revenge for in addition to the bayside bragging rights. With some of the better travelling fans in the competition, there should be a great atmosphere at Dolphin Oval on Sunday.
For Redcliffe, if you are going to break a year long drought at home, there is no better way than 68-16 win over Central. Prior to that wins have been hard at home and away, and facing a side that currently sit third on the ladder and that beat them convincingly last year will be a stern test to see if their form uplift of three straight wins is a temporary gain, or if the Dolphins are a team to be taken seriously in the second half of the season.
Wynnum Manly will feel a little aggrieved not to have taken the two points at home last weekend as the Pride scored very late to deny them, and they may take that out on the Dolphins this weekend. They have also yet to lose two games in a row and will be keen to maintain their top three position.
Prediction: Wynnum Manly by 4
Last Year: Redcliffe 10 Wynnum 44
Odds: Redcliffe $2.50 Wynnum $1.53
Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Josh Beehag 2. Tristan Lumley 3. Joe Bradley 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Curtis Johnston 6. John Brady 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 9. Darcy Etrich 10. Jon Green 11. Josh Benjamin 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Trent Richardson 14. Hayden Hansen 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Harley Aiono 17. Taylor Brown
Coach: Troy Lindsay
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. Tanu Wulf 17. Olsi Krasniqi
Coach: Jon Buchanan
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Burleigh Bears at Piggabeen Sports on Sunday – 3pm
Round 12 finishes up at the most southerly point of the competition as the battle for pride of the Gold Coast is fought out between the Tweed Heads Seagulls and Burleigh Bears.
The Seagulls haven’t won for three games, but reading more into that form they have played the three top teams in Townsville, Ipswich and Wynnum, and had been reasonably competitive in all three games.
Their opponent Burleigh had a good one point win against Mackay bouncing back from 72 point loss to the Blackhawks.
It should be tight no matter the winner, the odds and last year’s result points to that closeness. Tipping a draw would be easy, but we’ll our tip to Tweed.
Prediction: Tweed Heads by 2
Last Year: Tweed 16 Burleigh 16
Odds: Tweed $1.90 Burleigh $1.90
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Shaun Carney 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. Leva Li 4. Davin Crampton 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Ricardo Parata 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Damian Sironen (c) 9. Sam Meskell 10. Will Bugden 11. Matt Robinson 12. Dane Clarke 13. Sam Saville 14. Blake Anderson 15. Mark Offerdahl 16. Agnatius Paasi 17. Oliver Percy
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
Burleigh Bears: 1. Tyler Chadburn 2. Khan Ahwang 3. Brad Tighe 4. Dimitri Pelo 5. Jamie Anderson 6. Jamie Dowling 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Mitch Sharp 9. Todd Seymour 10. Pele Peletelese 11. Ayden Lee 12. Louie Fanene 13. Darren Griffiths (c) 14. Tom Rowles 16. Andrew Vela 17. Josh Ailaomai 20. David Hala
Coach: Jim Lenihan