Reports from Shannon Meyer, Dan White and Matt Crowhurst
A big weekend of intrust Super Cup awaits this weekend highlighted by the Grand Final replay on Sunday afternoon for Channel 9.
There’s plenty more on offer too, with a battle for the title of the Gold Coast’s best team, a clash of two of the NQ Cowboys feeder teams in Cairns, and the return of Sunshine Coast coach Craig Ingebrigtsen to Easts.
Ingebrigsten faces his old club at Suzuki Stadium
One of the feature games of Round Two of the Intrust Super Cup will undoubtedly be the clash between the Melbourne Storm feeder clubs as the Easts Tigers welcome the Sunshine Coast Falcons to Suzuki Stadium.
Recent form will really not be a guide here as the Falcons are bolstered by very good off season recruiting including Ryley Jacks and Nafe Seluini, a very strong Storm contingent and highly regarded former Easts mentor Craig Ingebrigsten who is working in a development role for the Storm while on the coast.
The Tigers looked ordinary in their Round One loss to Tweed at Pigabeen, though that is never an easy place to win. Fitness and ball control were key issues they will have been addressing those this week at training.
The Falcons did not necessarily look a lot better against the Pride but did enough in the second half to secure the two points.
Last time: Round 11 2015 Tigers 60 – 12, Suzuki Stadium.
Prediction: The draw looks attractive or perhaps the Falcons by 2
CQ Capras v Norths Devils Browne Park Rockhampton Saturday 6:00pm
Last Week: Capras are running high after beating their neighbours, Devils went down to the Jets.
The two teams that finished on the bottom of the ladder last year are looking to move on up. With a new coach, the Capras showed some fight and are looking at maintaining their momentum with an evening game set to entertain their faithful at the expense of the Devils, who are away from home for their second weekend. Whilst Kim Williams may have had mixed feelings in taking the points against his old tea, the Devils may expect no mercy. The Devils did put 24 points up on the Jets, but they will need more than that if they want to head home with a smile on their face.
Prediction: Capras 22 Devils 12.
Last time: Round 21 Devils 38 Capras 6 in Rocky.
The Battle for Gold Coast Supremacy
An early local derby is on offer at Pizzey Park this weekend, with many prizes on offer. First of all there’s bragging rights to being the best on the coast, then there’s the chance to put on a show in a sort-of intra club trial for the Titans, and most importantly two points and continuing an unbeaten start to the year and for Burleigh a chance to stay on top of the table.
There’s extra motivation for Burleigh, as they attempt to avenge last year’s heavy 50-4 loss to the Seagulls.
Burleigh v Tweed Heads @ Pizzey Park, Miami
Kick Off – Sunday 2pm
Last Year – Tweed 50 Burleigh 4
Ipswich Jets v Townsville Blackhawks. North Ipswich Reserve Saturday 12:40pm
Last Week: The Jets took the pitchforks to the Devils whilst the Blackhawks outlasted Redcliffe
The Jets are trying to hose down the talk of a Grand Final rematch. Whilst it is true that the teams have had some changes, the fire burns in both sides after opening round wins, setting up the rematch on an even playing field and both teams will be looking to take the points. Two changes to the 17 that faced off the Dolphins as the Blackhawks add an 18th man for the trip whilst keeping the 13 who started in their last victory. Whilst they seemed to struggle later in the half, the Blackhawks should be better for the run. The Jets were strong and yet are going in underdogs according to the money. A couple of injuries may have tipped the balance to Townsville but few question that the Walker Brothers will be not fielding a competitive team.
Should be a great game. Blackhawks for the points. 34-12.
Last time: Grand Final. Jets took the Chalice. 32-20.
The Nearly Teams from Round 1 looking to avoid 0-2 start to 2016
Souths Logan and Redcliffe faced the teams that finished 1st and 2nd in 2015 last weekend, and both sides put on a creditable display against teams expected to achieve as much in 2016.
The Dolphins pushed the Blackhawks all the way, going down by 2 points in Townsville, and the Magpies were in the game for a long time against the Hunters and the score line slightly flattered PNG. There looks like there’s been plenty of improvement so far in 2016, but all that improvement means less if the start to the year is 0-2.
There’s also the chance for fringe Broncos players like Redcliffe’s Tom Opacic and Souths Logan’s Caleb Timu to shine, as well as club stalwarts like the Magpies’ Phil Dennis who was tremendous last weekend.
Souths Logan v Redcliffe @ Davies Park, West End
Kick Off – Sunday 3pm
Last Year – Souths Logan 28 Redcliffe 34
Northern Pride v Mackay Cutters Barlow Park Cairns. Sunday 3:00pm
Last Week: The Pride fell one point short and the Cutters have some soul searching to do after the first round.
The Pride led for most of the match against the Falcons and they will be hoping that the young men who took to the field can toughen up when they take to the home field this weekend. Mackay would have had sore bodies to match the hurt pride after the Capras cleaned their clocks and they will be playing for their futures as they look to restore their pride on the field. Cutters are struggling and this will be a form guide for their season. Should they be beaten badly on Sunday, the following 23 rounds could be painful. The Pride will be looking forward to the chance of moving up the table.
Should be a tough encounter: Pride to restore their Pride: 24-14
Last time: Rnd22 Pride 26 over Mackay 22 in Mackay
PNG look to avoid BMD (Bloody More Defeats) at Kougari
The stats are bleak for the Hunters as they head to Wynnum this weekend – 3 games – 3 losses. The last of those no doubt still hurts the Hunters and their millions of supporters (it does this author), as not only did it spell the end of their 2015 finals charge, but if all things were fair the game shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
But that’s in the past and PNG will hope the lack of wins at BMD Kougari becomes a thing of the past this weekend. The Seagulls will hope that history repeats, otherwise two losses at home to start 2016 will put a dent in their finals hopes.
Wynnum v PNG Hunters @ BMD Kougari Oval, Manly West
Kick Off – Sunday 3pm
Last Year – Wynnum 36 PNG 18 / PNG 36 Wynnum 13
How to Watch
PNG Away games and Seagulls Home games are usually available via Live Stream so keep an eye out for details via the Seagulls social media or the QRL website.
This Weekend’s Teams
Click here for the full team lists for Round 2
MATT PRITCHARD (Editor) (3/7)
Easts, Capras, Townsville, Tweed Heads, Redcliffe, PNG Hunters, Pride
DAN WHITE (North Queensland Correspondent) (4/7)
Easts, Capras, Townsville, Burleigh, Redcliffe, PNG Hunters, Pride
SHANNON MEYER (SEQ + PNG Correspondent) (6/7)
Easts, Norths, Ipswich, Tweed Heads, Redcliffe, Wynnum, Pride
SCOTT SATTLER (Channel 9 + Penrith Legend) (4/7)
Sunshine Coast, Capras, Townsville, Burleigh, Redcliffe, Wynnum, Townsville
MATT CROWHURST (Tigers TV) (4/7)
Easts/Falcons – draw, Capras, Ipswich, Burleigh, Rescliffe, Wynnum, Pride
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