With the top two PNG Hunters and Sunshine Coast Falcons sitting out the Intrust Super Cup Round 19 thanks to a bye, the other 12 teams got a chance to enhance their finals prospects, top two chances, or get away from the dreaded wooden spoon.

There were some close games of the six played, with two being decided by last minute field goals, and a couple of bigger wins for the northern Queensland teams who all played each other this weekend.

The wash up sees the Top 6 almost settled, as any of the chasing pack will need to be three games better than the Magpies in the closing six rounds of the competition, which seems unlikely given their form and ability to accommodate the Broncos.

A rundown of all of this weekend’s Intrust Super Cup Round 19 games is below, with the full results at our Intrust Super Cup Match Centre. Our follow the link in each game to get the full scores and more.


TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 32 NORTHERN PRIDE 10

Townsville wrapped up the Foley Shield as best team in the north and maintained their unbeaten record against the Pride and Cutters with a second win over the Northern Pride for 2017 which saw the Cairns based side record their eighth straight loss.

It was a tale of two halves in Townsville as the Blackhawks opening try in the 8th minute with added conversion was the only points of the first 40 minutes. Despite the gap in form and ladder position the Pride came out fighting in the second initially, and by the 51st minute were just 12-10 as the team traded tries.

But that was all the joy the Pride were going to have as the Blackhawks found another gear, and four tries in 17 minutes to continue their turnaround in form and keep alive their hopes for a top two finish. They are three points from the second placed Falcons. Northern Pride are equal last on points with the Tweed Seagulls, the Round 24 clash between the two sides looms as all important.

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MACKAY CUTTERS 38 CENTRAL CARPAS 20

A high scoring match in Mackay between the Cutters and the Capras saw 11 tries and 10 different try scorers and a 38-20 win for the Cutters which sees them still a mathematical chance for finals, although unlikely.

The Cutters were in control for most of the game having established a 10-0 lead by the 10th minute. The Capras chipped away at Mackay’s lead but everytime they scored the Cutters put on another, or even two tries in response.

Mackay held a 22-10 advantage at the break, and the two teams continued to trade tries in the second half, but the Cutters always seemed to have upper hand. Jack Joass, the only multiple try scorer notched up 18 points for the Cutters.

Mackay can still make the finals, whilst Central are hovering just the one point above the bottom two sides.

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REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 12 WYNNUM SEAGULLS 13

A field goal from an unlikely source in Wynnum forward Mitchell Frei proved the difference at Dolphin Oval on Saturday night as the Wynnum Seagulls scored a 13-12 to take revenge for the 24-0 Redcliffe inflicted earlier in the season. It was the second time in two season where the Seagulls have defeated the Dolphins by a field goal.

A low scoring game saw just the one converted try in the first half to the visitors Jack Goodsell, and the Seagulls led 6-0.

There was more scoring and excitement in the second half, and the Dolphins started brightly with two tries by the 51st minute to lead 12-6. They held onto that lead until the 74th minute when Wynnum scored a length of the field try right up the middle to level the scores with four minutes to go.

The Seagulls were in the right position in the final minute game, and after the initial field goal attempt was charged down, Mitchell Frei was first to react and slotted a slightly ugly but extremely effective field goal for the win.

Redcliffe have now lost 4 of their last seven matches, and injuries and Broncos call ups at the wrong time of the year has seen them slip from minor premiership contention, and even fell behind the Easts Tigers after this weekend was completed. Wynnum are ninth on the ladder and six points behind sixth placed Souths Logan, so finals are unlikely but their positive for and against may help.

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NORTHS DEVILS 18 SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 19

The second game of the weekend to be decided by a last minute field goal went in the favour of the Souths Logan Magpies who overcame a determined Norths Devils side in  the weekend’s TV game at Bishop Park.

Norths had the early running with two tries and a penalty to lead 12-0 by the 16th minute, but those who held the unfancied double of two numbers nines could rub their hands a little later when the Souths Logan hooker Travis Waddell crossed to make a hooker’s affair for first try scorer. The Magpies scored again not long after to make it 12-12 at the break.

Another try a piece by the halfway point of the second half saw the scores remaining deadlocked at 18-18, and off season signing Matt Minto proved just what great piece of business that was by slotting home the one pointer after Norths had missed their chance up the other end.

Souths Logan’s win makes it that little bit harder for the chasing pack to break into the Top 6, and Norths are one of those who will have to start looking to 2018. A season in which they will have a new head coach after Mark Gliddon announced last week that he was leaving the Devils.

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TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 22 BURLEIGH BEARS 30

The final Gold Coast showdown of 2017 went the way of the first with a Burleigh Bears win.

A game that saw both sides score five tries, it was the Bears’ Jamal Fogarty who made the difference with the goal kicking as converted all five of his attempts against the Seagulls’ one.

The returning Jamal Fogarty was highly involved throughout, and was the difference between the sides with a try and assists, given the Titans plenty of depth in the halves. He was pivotal to another part of the game too, as he was sin binned late on for a professional foul which allowed the Tweed Heads Seagulls to make a late charge. They only got within 8 points, but with more luck on the conversions would have seen a much more interesting for the Bears.

Tweed Heads remain last, equal of points with the Northern Pride. Burleigh are like a lot of team still hoping for a final miracle.

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EASTS TIGERS 24 IPSWICH JETS 20

The Easts Tigers got away with a win at Langlands Park on Sunday against the Ipswich Jets but their comparatively inferior goal kicking on the day almost cost them the two points that has seen them overtake Redcliffe into 3rd on the ladder.

It could have been a loss so easily as the Jets rallied late to get within 4 points after converting a 74th minute penalty, and with Michael Purcell almost in the clear after that it would have been a little unfair on the Tigers if they had been beaten. As it was the Ipswich excitement machine dropped the ball, and the Tigers held on.

Easts took a 16-6 lead to the break, and they extended that further after the break to lead by as much as 24-6 by the 62nd minute. Not long after that the Jets kicked into gear and scored two converted tries in three minutes, and when a 73rd minute penalty went the way of the Jets and between the posts, there was just four points in it.

Ipswich couldn’t cross again, and as a result lost ground to the sixth placed Souths Logan Magpies. Easts boosted their feint chances of a top two placing with the win.

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