Here’s the fourth of our series of Intrust Super Cup previews with Ipswich Jets, Redcliffe Dolphins and Sunshine Coast Falcons.

IPSWICH JETS

Last Year: 9th

2017 Premiership Odds: $21

TEAM INS AND OUTS

Gains: Luke Capewell (Redcliffe Dolphins), Denzel King (Northern Pride), Jayden Connors (Gold Coast Titans NYC / Grafton Ghosts), Matthew Gibuma (Innisfail Leprechauns), Sig Manu Wigness (Far North Queensland), Isaac Crichton (Sydney Roosters NYC), Joe Ofahengaue and Marion Seve (Broncos)

Losses: Carlin Anderson (Townsville Blackhawks), David Fa’alogo (retired), Haydan Lipp (Sunshine Coast Falcons) Marmin Barba (retired)

FIRST THREE GAMES

Away v Tweed Heads Seagulls – Sunday 5th March 2pm
Home v Townsville Blackhawks – Sunday 12h March 12:40pm
Away v Norths Devils  – Sunday 19th March 2pm

2017 SEASON PREDICTION

11th

PLAYER TO WATCH

Michael Purcell – The man is a try scoring machine. Having scored many tries in the BRL competition, he was finally given a chance with the Jets in the top grade and the scoring continued. He has already scored in the pre season trial against the Broncos with a hat trick. With speed to burn and a knack for scoring can he break through the 20 barrier and beyond in 2017. Of course.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2017

The 2015 premiers excited the competition and rugby league in general with their unique style of rugby league, but it didn’t go quite as well in 2016. Can they bounce back in 2017, or will the other teams continue to counter their skills.

They have some handy recruits for the new season, with Joe Ofahengaue and Marion Seve  from the Broncos, and have also secured Luke Capewell who has been a very handy Queensland Cup player in the past, despite being squeezed out at Redcliffe last year.

Hopefully the Jets continue their different style of rugby league, as it provides great viewing for the neutral. They proved that success and their style isn’t mutually exclusive in 2015, and the competition overall will be better for their return to the top 6 and beyond.

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS

Last Year: Beaten Grand Finalists

2017 Premiership Odds $4.50

TEAM INS AND OUTS

Gains: Thompson Teteh (PNG Hunters), Nick Slyney (London Broncos), Sheldon Pitama (NZ Warriors NYC), David Hala (Gold Coast Titans), Obed Karwhin (Wests Tigers NYC), Matthew Lodge (Wests Tigers), Josh Johnson (Huddersfield), Benji Marshall (Broncos)

Losses: Anthony Cherrington (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Darren Nicholls (Penrith Panthers), Charlie Faingaa (Blacktown), Tyson Andrews (retired)

FIRST THREE GAMES

Home v Burleigh – Sunday 5th March 12:40pm
Away v Central Capras – Saturday 11th 4:30pm
Away v Easts Tigers – Saturday 18th 6pm

2017 SEASON PREDICTION

Regular Season 2nd, Beaten Grand Finalists.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Hard to pick one. Many eyes will be on Matt Lodge as he attempts to rebuild a career after some off field troubles, or previous players David Hala and Nick Slyney.

Ultimately it is Thompson Teteh who is the players to watch. A powerful centre recruited from the PNG Hunters in the off-season, he has reprented the Kumuls at International level, and was in outstanding form in 2016 before injury intervened.

Whilst there’s no doubting the power, speed and potential, one worry that hangs over him and any other player recruited from the Hunters is settling into a new team away from the PNG culture. Some go well, others struggle, and the Dolphins will be hoping he settles in well and lives up to the hype. There’s no doubt he’ll be a fan’s favourite.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2017

After re-emerging to the sharp end of the ladder in 2016, and falling short in the Grand Final, Redcliffe Dolphins will no doubt be hoping to go one better in 2017, and restart a dynasty they seemed to have a decade or so ago.

They now have a shiny new Grandstand on the Western side which will be the envy of a lot of Intrust Super Cup sides, plus their usual financial strength. All of this could explain some of the allure of heading to Redcliffe to play in 2017, and they have recruited very well, strengthening an already very good side.

The Dolphins will welcome spending the entire season at home, after playing the entire first half of 2016 on the road, awaiting their upgrade. Given they won the minor premiership with such a distraction, that could be a worry for their competitors.

Benji Marshall isn’t a bad recruit either.

SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS

Last Year: 5th – knocked out second last week of finals by Redcliffe

2017 Premiership Odds: $8

TEAM INS AND OUTS

Gains: Scott Anderson (Wakefield Wildcats – Super League), Haydan Lipp (Ipswich Jets), Liam McDonald (Easts Tigers), Donald Malone (Easts Tigers), Dane Hogan (Easts Tigers), Whetu Austin (Easts Tigers), Guy Hamilton (Easts Tigers), Harrison Muller (Cronulla Sharks), Gerard Tema (CQ Capras), Sean Yorston (Norths Devils), Matt Mizzi (Norths Devils), Moses Noovao-McGreal (Manly NYC), Rob Buaserau (Dapto Canaries), Connor Donehue (Melbourne Storm NYC), Lachlan Timm (Melbourne Storm NYC)

Losses: Ryley Jacks (Melbourne Storm), Tui Kamikamica (Melbourne Storm), Jacob Samoa (Blacktown), Tom Murphy (France), Ryan Hansen (retired), Callum Klein (Valleys BRL), Rowan Klein (Valleys BRL), Paul Ivan (Valleys BRL), Brett Doherty (Valleys BRL) , Kevin Locke (former NZ Warrior)

FIRST 3 GAMES

Home v Easts Tigers – Saturday 4th March 4:30pm
Home v Souths Logan Magpies – Saturday 11th March 4:30pm
Away v Northern Pride – Saturday 18th March 5:30pm

PLAYER TO WATCH

Ryley Jacks – the halfback and Canadian International has played some minutes in the pre season for the Melbourne Storm, but is unlikely to feature for them whilst Cooper Cronk is fit. And he is likely behind Brodie Croft as well. That’s all to the Falcons advantage, and if he is at the same level of 2016. He is some kind of player, and NRL can’t be too far away, if not with Melbourne then elsewhere.

Prediction 4th

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2017

Can the Sunshine Coast improve on their unexpected finals run in 2016?

The improvement in the side can be put down to the feeder club arrangement with the Melbourne Storm, but also the recruitment of Ryley Jacks and head coach Craig Ingebrigtsen. The influence of the former Easts Tigers coach can be seen with some of the gains in the off-season from the Tigers. Nice coincidence that they play Easts in the first round.

The gains to an already strong squad from 2016, and although they look likely to lose some of their best from 2016 to Melbourne as part of the feeder program like Curtis Scott and Christian Welch, they are also likely to gain some of the Melbourne players, possibly PNG flyer Justin Olam.

But it won’t just be the Melbourne players that make the difference, the remainder of the squad is quality, and the recruitment of Scott Anderson and Kevin Locke is a real plus. However this recruitment of former NRL stars has cost the Falcons one of their very best from 2016 with Troy Giess not continuing with the side in 2017. There will no doubt be players who can cover the loss, but will they get the same quality and effort.