Intrust Super Cup Round 8 preview

Burleigh Bears v PNG Hunters at Pizzey Park on Saturday – 3.30pm

The Anzac Day round of games kicks off on the Gold Coast giving the fans a quality alternative for a Saturday afternoon after the usual Anzac Day ceremonies at Burleigh Heads.

Both teams head into this Round 8 clash at Pizzey Park on the back of wins against sides who were both on a run of 5 straight wins. The home side’s win at Ipswich was the more surprising of the two results and the Bears now lie 6th with 8 points, the same amount of points as their guests from PNG. Burleigh getting the better view with a superior for and against by 24 points.

Burleigh have only lost one game at home this season, and that was a last minute heartbreaker against the high flying Easts Tigers. The PNG Hunters won their first away game this year in fine style with a big win against Souths Logan, however their form away from home has yielded no further points, and they have been well contained in all of their losses showing only glimpses of the dynamic style that enthralled many a spectator in 2015.

The form guide and odds point to a Burleigh victory, as does the NRL experience they have mixed amongst their Queensland Cup regulars. We’d love to pick the Hunters to sneak home with an upset, but Burleigh appear just a little stronger this week.

Tip: Burleigh by 4

Last Year: Burleigh 26 PNG 22

Odds: Burleigh $1.55 – PNG $2.45


Burleigh Bears: 1. Khan Ahwang 2. Zach Mackay 3. Brad Tighe 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Kevin Gordon 6. Tyler Chadburn 7. Ryley Jacks 8. David Hala 15. Tyron Haynes 10. Pele Peletelese 11. Ayden Lee 12. Jason Chan 13. Darren Griffiths (c) 14. Tom Rowles 16. Louis Fanene 17. Josh Ailaomai 20. Kyle McConnell

Coach: Jim Lenihan

PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. David Lapua 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Atte Bina 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Kato Ottio 12. Brandy Peter 13. Timothy Lomai 14. Roger Laka 15. Lawrence Tu’u 16. Willie Minoga 17. Adam Korave 18. Oti Bland Tony 19. Ase Boas 20. Nickson Borana

Coach: Michael Marum

Townsville Blackhawks v Easts Tigers at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday – 5pm

A 1st v 2nd awaits the fans in Townsville this weekend with both sides on great unbeaten runs. Townsville are the outright leaders after registering their fifth straight win against Redcliffe last Sunday. Easts have their own runs of wins to boast about, and they’ll be hoping to extend that to four against the Blackhawks.

A look at the For and against from the last three games shows just how well these sides have been playing. Townsville have amassed 114 points in three games with just 46 against, but have been outdone by the Tigers who have 130 points for and 26 against. Even a look over the season thus far, it is a clash of the best attack in the Blackhawks and the best defence in the Tigers. Townsville have nearly 80 points more than the next best team in attack and averaging almost 40 points a game, whilst the Tigers have the best defence by a good margin and only average just over two converted tries a game.

Easts will find the competition leaders a tougher prospect than the big wins against Central and Souths Logan of late, but their defence should prove difficult for the home side and they are capable of holding out the attacking might of the Townsville side as they did against the Hunters.

The only worry is Easts only trip to North Queensland this season ended in a comfortable win to Mackay, and Townsville are unbeaten at home. So in the battle of attack versus defence, this we’ll go for the attack.

Tip: Townsville by 6

Last Year: N/A

Odds: Townsville $1.35 – Easts $3.20


Townsville Blackhawks: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Zac Santo 3. Kyle Feldt 4. Mosese Pangai 5. Jonathon Reuben 6. Robert Lui 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Ricky Thorby 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Daniel Beasley (c) 11. Glenn Hall 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Neville Costigan 14. Nathan Norford 15. Lorenzo Ma’afu 16. Noel Underwood 17. Kelepi Tanginoa 18. Tom Humble 19. Corey Jensen

Coach: Kristian Woolf

Easts Tigers: 1. Eddie Tautali 2. Richie Kennar 3. Shane Neumann 4. Donald Malone 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 7. Grant Giess 8. Christian Welch 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Foisa Peni 18. Dean Britt

Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen

Redcliffe Dolphins v Ipswich Jets at Dolphin Oval on Sunday – 2.10pm

Sunday afternoon in the Queensland Cup at a familiar place, Dolphin Oval, where the home side welcome the Ipswich Jets.

Ipswich had their 5 game unbeaten run ended by the Bears last Sunday at North Ipswich Reserve, and are now sitting equal second with three other teams on 10 points with 5-2 record.

One team who need to break a run is the Redcliffe Dolphins who are now on a run of seven games without a win on the Peninsular, and the visit of Ipswich won’t make that task any easier, but a win is what they need if they intend of being any sort of player in the latter stages of the competition.

Evander Cummins moves back to fullback as Tom Brady is drafted in at five eighth, and they will need that attack to fire up against a backline with so much speed and talent in the Jets, where you could pick any of the three quarters to rave about.

One other thing that makes Ipswich attractive to watch is the different way they go about their game. For instance, I’ve wondered why teams always kick off the same way with every restart. Not Ipswich, who go for the short grubber from the very first kick off. It is refreshing to see a team do something a little different.

Talking about different, it is hard to see a different result for the home side this weekend, and although there promises to be plenty of points, the two competition points they are playing for look to be heading back to the west.

Tip: Ipswich by 10

Last Year: Redcliffe 14 Ipswich 30

Odds: Redcliffe $2.45 – Ipswich $1.55


Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Evander Cummins 2. Curtis Johnston 3. Tristan Lumley 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Tom Opacic 6. John Brady 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 21. Shane Pumipi 10. Jon Green 11. Josh Benjamin 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Trent Richardson 14. Darcy Etrich 15. Tom Geraghty 16. Harley Aiono 17. Taylor Brown

Coach: Troy Lindsay

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. Gerico Cecil 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Troy O’Sullivan 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

Northern Pride v Souths Logan Magpies at Barlow Park on Sunday – 12.30pm
TV GAME – (Delayed on Channel 9 at 1.40pm)

The TV Game is in Cairns this weekend, with the early kick off allowing a quality QRL-NRL double header as South Sydney take their home game against Canberra to the warmer, hopefully drier climate of northern Qld after the week of wild weather in Sydney.

The regular home side Northern Pride have now turned their season around with two straight wins after starting the title defence with four straight losses and a cyclone washout. Their visitors Souths Logan are on a wretched run of form with four straight losses, and are conceded four points for every one they score with a for and against for those games of 40-160.

With the Pride finding form and at home, the assignment to reverse that trend for the Magpies looks very difficult to achieve indeed. The Pride themselves have had two consecutive weeks of a players scoring a hat trick of tries, and given the amount of points leaked by Souths Logan of late, a third hat trick in as many weeks can’t be ruled out.

It all points to a Pride win, and who are we to argue.

Tip: Pride by 16

Last Year: Pride 24 Souths Logan 22

Odds: Pride $1.22 – Souths Logan $4.25


Northern Pride: 1. Hezron Murgha 2. Linc Port 3. Javid Bowen 4. Dean McGilvray 5. Semi Tadulala 6. Ryan Ghietti 7. Sam Obst 8. Jack Svendsen 9. Jason Roos (c) 10. Patrick Kaufusi 11. Vaipuna Tia Kilifi 12. Graham Clark 13. Ben Spina 14. Cameron King 15. Tom Hancock 16. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 17. David Murphy 18. Brent Oosen 19. Reagan Verney

Coach: Joe O’Callaghan

Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Josh Damen 2. Ramon Filipine 3. Dallas Anderson 4. Tim Brooks 5. Matt Trnka 6. Jack Joass 7. Oliver Olds 8. Sam Gardel 9. Travis Waddell 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Scott Doyle 12. Dan Tamou 13. Joe Boyce 14. Herschel Gideon 15. Phil Dennis (c) 16. Graham Levu 17. Aotealofa Tuimavave 18. David Faamita 19. Ihaka Watene

Coach: Josh Hannay

CQ Capras v Tweed Heads Seagulls at Browne Park on Sunday – 2pm

The Central Capras return home to Rockhampton to start the post Jason Hetherington era under interim coach Lionel Harbin.

Despite recording just the one win thus far in 2015 and bringing up the rear on the current ladder, the Capras home form has been excellent, and a 1-2 record doesn’t tell the whole story as they have a points difference of +4 at home, and their losses came against high flyers Mackay and Ipswich.

The Seagulls have only won one game away from home this year against Redcliffe in week 1, so the Central Queensland side have their best chance to impress the new coach and get that new coach bounce that is seen so regularly in European football. Thankfully Rugby League doesn’t sack as easily as the European sporting teams do.

Based on the feel good factor for Central, we’ll tip them to upset the Seagulls at home.

Tip: Central by 4

Last Year: Central 12 Tweed Heads 42

Odds: Central $2.75 – Tweed Heads $1.45


CQ Capras: 1. Javarn White 2. Jake Ainsworth 3. Dan Randall 4. Jacob Gagai 5. Ray Ebsworth 6. Ian Webster 7. Matt Minto 8. Gerard Tema 9. Mark Johnstone 10. Nathan Young 11. Guy Williams (c) 12. Garrett Field 13. Gavin Hiscox 14. Josh Mitchell 15. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 24. Andrew Dale 17. Josh Johnston 18. Aaron Watson 19. Jonathan Tavinor 20. Clinton Mooney

Coach: Lionel Harbin

Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Shaun Carney 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. James Wood (c) 4. Davin Crampton 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Ricardo Parata 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Damian Sironen 9. Matt Srama 10. Oliver Percy 11. Matt Robinson 12. Dane Clarke 13. Sam Saville 14. Sam Meskell 15. Blake Anderson 16. Ethan Price 17. Hemi Mullen

Coach: Aaron Zimmerle

Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils at BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday – 3pm

Another great traditional Sunday afternoon venue wraps up Round 8 of the Intrust Super Cup for the Anzac Day weekend.

The home side have put the disappointment of the loss to Townsville three weeks ago with two straight wins, including a tremendous performance against the PNG Hunters on TV two weeks ago.

The away side are struggling and have a run of 5 straight losses going that they would be super keen to turn around.

Not that Wynnum are invincible at home, their capitulation against the Mackay side in the second half earlier in the season will be noticed by any side who head to the bayside this season, and proved they can be beaten.

It looks unlikely though, as the Wynnum side have too much in every department to be tipping against.

Tip: Wynnum by 20

Last Year: Wynnum 30 Norths 10

Odds: Wynnum $1.25 – Norths $3.00


Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Matthew Grieve 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Greg Eden 6. Patrick Templeman 7. Matthew Seamark 8. Ben Shea 9. Alehana Mara 10. Aaron Rockley 11. Brendon Gibb 12. Jon Grieve 13. Mitchell Frei 14. Olsi Krasniqi 15. John Te Reo 16. Tanu Wulf 17. Tim Natusch (c)

Coach: Jon Buchanan

Norths Devils: 1. Ryan Millard 2. Joel Bailey 3. Dylan Galloway 4. Kainga Turner 5. Rogan Dean 6. Sam Foster 7. Sean Loxley 8. Matt Mizzi 9. Krys Freeman 10. Billy Solah 11. Rhett Webster 12. Brett Greinke (c) 13. Max Seumanutafa 14. Byron Creighton 15. Dan Murphy 16. Mark Vaiao 17. Josh Afoa

Coach: Mark Gliddon


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