Norths Devils v Ipswich Jets at Bishop Park on Sunday, April 12 – 2.30pm
This clash features two teams with form going in opposite directions. Whilst Ipswich have now put together 4 wins in a row, the Devils have turned a 2-0 start into 2-3 with three straight losses.
Both sides were very close to their northern Queensland opponents last weekend, with Ipswich holding on against the Pride and Norths going down to Mackay by a late field goal.
The Devils last home game ended in a loss against a free flowing Redcliffe Dolphins side, and they will be facing an even bigger attacking juggernaut this weekend with Ipswich Jets who have scored the second highest amount of points from the first 5 rounds behind Townsville on the back of Marmin Barba, Carlin Anderson, and Nemani Valekapa. Chris Walker is also in the side, and eyes will be on him as usual, and he seems he is only a try away from another potential recall to the NRL, if you believe the news.
Ipswich are unbeaten on the road this season, and it should remain that way by the end of Sunday afternoon. Whether they can replicate last year’s 36-10 away win is to be seen, but their second halves would be a worry with many a good lead almost thrown away. Norths should be wary of that, and will look to exploit just that on Sunday.
Prediction: Ipswich by 6.
Odds: Norths $2.35, Ipswich $1.60
Norths Devils: 1. Luke Pollock 2. Reece Baker 3. Steve Elliott 4. Kainga Turner 5. Rogan Dean 6. Sam Foster 7. Darren Nicholls (c) 8. Richard Tuala 9. Krys Freeman 10. Francis Molo 11. Rhett Webster 12. Brett Greinke 13. Todd Lowrie 14. Byron Creighton 15. Max Seumanutafa 16. Matt Mizzi 17. Josh Afoa
Coach: Mark Gliddon
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. Troy O’Sullivan 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell 18. Gerico Cecil
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker