Just three rounds to go in the Intrust Super Cup regular season, and although there are important games everywhere in Intrust Super Cup Round 22, none are as big as the top of the table clash in Townsville between Redcliffe Dolphins and the Blackhawks. It will go a long way to sorting out the minor premiership, and could well be a late season Grand Final preview.
Further down the ladder there’s still the top 6 to decide, and the biggest clash in that region is the one between the Easts Tigers and the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Plenty more to look forward to for Intrust Super Cup Round 22, for a rare occasion there are more games on Sunday than Saturday, and all of it gets a quick preview below.
TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH IN TOWNSVILLE
Townsville and Redcliffe meet at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday as teams one and two on the ladder, and depending on the result it could open up the race for the minor premiership, or put it almost out of reach.
The sides are separated by just one point after Townsville were beaten by Norths in the TV Game last weekend, and Redcliffe left it late to draw with the last placed Mackay Cutters.
A win for Townsville will give them the prime position to claim the minor premiership, as they can seal it the next week against the other side who are challenging for first – Burleigh Bears. Their massive for and against worth another point in the battle for first.
If the Dolphins come from Townsville with the two points, it will certainly set the last two rounds up nicely, with that previously mentioned Townsville v Burleigh coming next weekend.
As ever, the Blackhawks look the strongest paper, with many an ex NRL player, but Redcliffe aren’t second by accident, and this should be a great game to watch. Pity it isn’t the TV Game.
Burleigh head to Davies Park to face a Magpies side on a terrible losing run, but who played well enough against the Hunters last Sunday, Burleigh got the job done at home to Wynnum to stay within two points of Townsville.
HOW THEY STAND
TOWNSVILLE 1st 30pts +231
REDCLIFFE 2nd 29pts +177
BURLEIGH 3rd 28pts +112
TOWNSVILLE – Redcliffe (H) Burleigh (A) Wynnum (A)
REDCLIFFE – Townsville (A) Pride (A) Falcons (H)
BURLEIGH – Magpies (A) Townsville (H) Tigers (A)
TOP SIX BATTLE CONTINUES
The big game in the chase for the top six is the Easts Tigers against the Sunshine Coast Falcons. The Tigers are on a super run of six wins in seven games, the Falcons loss to Ipswich last weekend ended a three game streak.
Easts’ charge has seen them climb up to fifth position, and are still a good chance to get into fourth with their healthy for and against, and possibly above and secure a home final in week one of the final, if they win. A loss could see them overtaken by two teams and let another two draw level. One of those is the Falcons.
There’s a lot to like about the clash between the two sides that Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen has been in charge of, with loads of exciting talent, NRL or not, in both sides.
Sixth placed PNG Hunters head to Piggabeen to face a team they didn’t beat on either occasion in 2017, despite their minor premiership and grand final win. Tweed Heads could really do with a win as they slide further down the ladder. It is the third worst attack in the competition against the second worst defense.
Northern Pride can make it a clean sweep of the Foley Shield games between themselves, Townsville and Mackay this weekend if they beat the Cutters, and cement their place in the top six. Mackay almost won at Dolphin Oval last weekend before settling for a draw, which will hopefully give them confidence in the battle to avoid the spoon.
Norths Devils did extremely well against Townsville at home last weekend causing an upset against the table toppers. They are equal on points as fifth and sixth, but their for and against is in the negative, hurting their top six chances. They should take advantage of playing Wynnum at home where victories have been so hard to come for the Seagulls.
Ipswich Jets are the last tem realistically in the hunt for finals football, and we all get to see their progress this weekend as they host the Capras in the TV game on Saturday afternoon. Ipswich did well to get past the Falcons last start, the Capras will be looking over their shoulders at last placed Mackay if they lose.
HOW THEY STAND
PRIDE 4th 26pts +68
EASTS 5th 24pts +99
HUNTERS 6th 24pts +14
NORTHS 7th 24pts -19
FALCONS 8th 22pts +28
IPSWICH 9th 22pts -9
PRIDE – Mackay (A) Redcliffe (H) Tweed (H)
EASTS – Falcons (A) Magpies (H) Burleigh (H)
HUNTERS – Tweed (A) Wynnum (H) Central (H)
NORTHS – Wynnum (A) Mackay (A) Ipswich (H)
FALCONS – Tigers (H) Central (A) Redcliffe (A)
IPSWICH – Central (H) Tweed (H) Norths (A)
Intrust Super Cup Round 22 Predictions
BRENDAN O’FARRELL – CEO INTRUST SUPER
ADRIAN VOWLES – FOG
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS
SHANNON MEYER – HUNTERS FAN
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES
Intrust Super Cup Round 22 Matches
Ipswich Jets v CQ Capras at North Ipswich Reserve, Saturday – 1.10pm TV Game
Townsville Blackhawks v Redcliffe Dolphins at Jack Manski Oval, Saturday – 2pm
Mackay Cutters v Northern Pride at BB Print Stadium Mackay, Saturday – 6pm
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Easts Tigers at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunday – 2pm
Tweed Heads Seagulls v PNG Hunters at Piggabeen Sports Complex, Sunday – 2.15pm
Souths Logan Magpies v Burleigh Bears at Davies Park, Sunday – 3pm
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils at BMD Kougari Oval, Sunday – 3pm
Intrust Super Cup Round 22 Teams
Ipswich Jets v CQ Capras
1. Michael Purcell 2. Marmin Barba 3. Richie Pandia 4. Isimeeli Hafoka 5. Wes Conlon 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips 8. Tyson Lofipo 9. Jayden Connors 10. Nat Neale (c) 17. Billy McConnachie 12. Ben White 13. Ben Shea 11. Rowan Winterfield 14. Sam Caslick 16. Huskie Teutau 19. Mitch Carpenter
1. Zeik Foster 2. Junior Kirisome 3. Connor Broadhurst 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Blake Goodman 7. Jack Madden (c) 8. Oliver Percy 9. Billy Gilbert 10. Brad Lupi 11. Jerry Key 12. Dave Taylor 13. Jamie Hill 14. Wade Carra 15. Luke George 16. Aaron Flanagan 18. Maipele Morseau
Townsville Blackhawks v Redcliffe Dolphins
1. Zachary Santo 2. Carlin Anderson 3. Shaun Hudson 4. Ty Carucci 5. Kalifa Faifai-Loa 6. Zach Clay 7. Jaelen Feeney 8. Francis Molo 9. Krys Freeman 10. Rod Griffin 11. Jake Marketo (c) 12. Andrew Davey 13. Joe Boyce 15. Daniel Beasley 16. Sione Lousi 18. Brenden Santi 19. Brent Woolf
1. Trai Fuller 22. Jonus Pearson 3. Aaron Whitchurch 4. Jeremy Hawkins 5. Josh Beehag 6. Bryce Donovan 7. Cameron Cullen (c) 15. James Taylor 9. Jake Turpin 10. Sam Anderson 11. Toby Rudolf 12. Scott Schulte 13. Jamil Hopoate 8. Nick Slyney 1.4 Myles Taueli 16. Tom Geraghty 17. Hugh Pratt
Mackay Cutters v Northern Pride
1. Lachlan Coote 2. Yamba Bowie 3. Nathan Saumalu 4. Blake Atherton 5. Johnny Faletagoa’i 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Nicho Hynes (c) 8. Jordan Grant 9. Cooper Bambling 10. Nicholas Brown 11. Kellen Jenner 12. Shane Wright 13. Bennett Leslie 14. Jayden Hodges 15. Lona Kaifoto 16. Jye Andersen 17. Jack Brock 18. Sheldon Bobbert 19. Darcy Cox
1. Jack Murphy 2. Murray Taulagi 3. Brett Anderson 4. Javid Bowen 5. TBA 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Jack Campagnolo 8. William Bugden 9. Ryan Ghietti (c) 10. Darryn Schonig 11. Graham Clark 12. Ethan Lowe 13. David Murphy 14. Connor Jones 15. Emry Pere 16. Tom Hancock 17. Troy Kapea 18. Matthew Musumeci 19. Shawn Bowen 20. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Easts Tigers
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Matt Soper-Lawler 3. Justin Olam 4. Christopher Lewis 5. Iliesa Ratuva 6. Rhys Jacks 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Lachlan Timm 9. Harry Grant 10. Jacob Hind 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Thomas Eisenhuth 13. Louis Geraghty 14. Stephen Buckley 15. Jordan Brown 16. Sam Burns 17. Caleb Daunt 19. Lachlan Roe
1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Linc Port 4. Marion Seve 3. Shane Neumann 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Billy Walters 7. Brodie Croft 8. Albert Vete 9. Brandon Smith 10. Brett Greinke 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Patrick Kaufusi 13. Jack Svendsen 14. Tommy Butterfield 15. Ash Little 16. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 19. Conor Carey 18. Matthew Groat
Souths Logan Magpies v Burleigh Bears
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Corey Allan 2. Benaiah Bowie 3. Lenny Magey 4. Dan Russell 5. Paul Rokolati 6. Guy Hamilton 7. Sam Scarlett 8. George Fai 9. Travis Waddell 10. Thomas Flegler 11. Brendon Gibb 12. Daniel Tamou 13. Phil Dennis (c) 14. Manaia Cherrington 15. Sam Lavea 16. Rory Ferguson 17. William Samuel 18. Clayton Mack
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Troy Leo 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Joshua Berkers 5. Toby McIntosh 6. Dylan Phythian 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Luke Page (c) 9. Pat Politoni 10. Matt White 11. Matthew Robinson 12. Hayden Schwass 13. Sam Coster 14. Jeff Lynch 15. Kai O’Donnell 17. Jess Savage 18. Tyler Sparkes
Tweed Heads Seagulls v PNG Hunters
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. Alex Grant 5. Kiah Cooper 3. Brendan Elliot 4. Talor Walters 2. Ryland Jacobs 6. Eli Levido 7. Kane Elgey 16. Kalani Going 9. Jack Cook 10. Tristan Lumley 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave (c) 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Kirk Murphy 8. Jaleel Seve Derbas 14. Tevita Folau 17. Maia Sands 18. Sam Meskell
1. Edene Gebbie 2. Junior Rau 3. Thompson Teteh 4. Adex Wera 5. Brendon Gotuno 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Enock Maki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Moses Meninga 11. Nixon Putt 12. Willie Minoga 13. Stanton Albert 14. Charlie Simon 15. Ila Alu 16. Mekenzie Yei 17. Dilbert Issac 18. Rahdly Brawa 19. Patrick Morea 20. Paul Wawa
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Jack Goodsell 3. Jeriah Goodrich 4. Delouise Hoeter 5. Edward Burns 6. Shaun Nona 7. Jayden Berrell 8. Patrick Carrigan 9. Mitch Cronin (c) 10. Keenan Palasia 11. Til Vea 12. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 13. Max Elliott 14. Alex Barr 15. Stedman Lefau 16. Salesi Funaki 17. Lachlan Lee
Coach: Adam Brideson
1. Jack Ahearn 2. Herbie Farnworth 3. Luke Pollock 4. Chevi Ellis 5. Paul Ulberg 6. Todd Murphy 7. Troy Dargan 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Alex Bishop 10. Riley Leota 17. Michael Sio 12. Brandon Lee 13. John Palavi (c) 14. Guy Williams 15. Iain Riccardi 16. Carne Doyle-Manga 19. Jack Miers