Six games make up the Intrust Super Cup for Round 18, and it features a game in the small north Queensland town of Tully, as the Souths Logan Magpies play the Northern Pride.
Elsewhere second last and last have to play top four sides, there’s a battle of birds on the Sunshine Coast, and Redcliffe head to the other cast to take on Burleigh.
The highlight will no doubt be the TV game on Sunday between Easts and Ipswich, which will give a taste of the upcoming finals series.
Here’s the ladder heading into Round 18.
|Wynnum Manly Seagulls||17||12||0||4||1||453||288||165||26|
|Tweed Heads Seagulls||17||5||1||9||2||350||352||-2||15|
|Souths Logan Magpies||17||4||0||11||2||351||488||-137||12|
|Sunshine Coast Falcons||17||4||1||11||1||240||440||-200||11|
Townsville Blackhawks v Norths Devils at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday, July 11 – 4pm
Norths haven’t won since a Round 9 triumph over last placed Central Capras in May, and a trip to face the table topping Townsville Blackhawks is just about the hardest assignment they could have to turn that around.
Townsville racked up their 600th point of their first Intrust Super Cup last weekend in their win against Burleigh, and they average high 30’s in attack and just over 30 points a winning margin at home. They are especially ruthless against the lower ranked sides, as Burleigh can confirm after they were beaten by 72 points earlier in the year.
Very few things points to an upset here, and the table topping Blackhawks look highly likely to remain there for another few weeks yet.
Prediction: Townsville by 40
Last Year: N/A
Odds: Townsville $1.05 Norths $9.50
Townsville Blackhawks: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Zac Santo 3. Kyle Feldt 4. Moses Pangai 5. Jonathan Reuben 6. Tom Humble 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Lorenzo Ma’afu 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Daniel Beasley (c) 19. Kelepi Tanginoa 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Neville Costigan 14. Samsen O’Neill 15. Jack Kelleher 16. Corey Jensen 17. Ricky Thorby
Coach: Kristian Woolf
Norths Devils: 1. Dylan Galloway 2. Michael Lucas 3. Joel Bailey 4. Ryan Millard 5. Rogan Dean 6. Dan Murphy 7. Liam Tyson 8. Matt Mizzi 9. Byron Creighton 10. Brett Greinke (c) 11. Rhett Webster 12. Michael Molo 13. Krys Freeman 15. Hiale Roycroft 16. Kristian Wanka 20. Dylan Smith 17. Billy Solah
Coach: Mark Gliddon
Souths Logan Magpies v Northern Pride at Tully Showgrounds on Saturday, July 11 – 5pm
The Souths Logan Magpies are the missionaries of the Intrust Super Cup, spreading the good word of Queensland rugby league to some of the more distant locations around Queensland. Their journeys away from their spiritual home of Davies Park have taken them to Miriam Vale, Cherbourg, and Stradbroke Island. This week they have taken their home game to Tully in north Queensland, a full 1500km from home.
It has been mixed success too, with one win and two losses from their earlier adventures. One thing though that has been a constant in the relocated games is points. Souths Logan’s for and against is 100 – 102 in the three games. There’s nothing in the points scored department as both teams are on 351 points for the season, the difference lies in the points conceded which the Pride are a healthy 158 points better off.
The Pride’s defence has been tested of late with tough contests against Townsville, Ipswich and Easts, a three game run which ended in two wins and a loss. Souths Logan won’t be much easier than that trio, but they should still be too strong for the improving Magpies.
Prediction: Northern Pride by 12
This Year: Pride 36 Souths Logan 18
Last Year: Souths Logan 8 Pride 30 (Mareeba)
Odds: Souths Logan $3.30 Pride $1.33
Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Brandon Khuu 2. Josh Damen 3. Dallas Anderson 4. Scott Doyle 5. Tim Brooks 6. Jack Joass 7. Rhys Jacks 8. Tikiko Noke 9. Travis Waddell 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Joe Boyce 12. Dan Tamou 13. Phil Dennis (c) 14. Jack Anderson 15. Ben Thorburn 16. Sam Gardel 17. Leon Panapa 18. Ken Levu
Coach: Josh Hannay
Northern Pride: 1. Hezron Murgha 2. Linc Port 3. Brett Anderson (c) 4. Justin Castellaro 5. Luke George 6. Ryan Ghietti 7. Sam Obst 8. Jack Svendsen 9. Jason Roos (c) 10. Patrick Kaufusi 11. PJ Webb 12. Graham Clark 13. Tom Hancock 14. Cameron King 15. Keelan White 16. Sheldon Powe Hobbs 17. David Murphy
Coach: Joe O’Callaghan
Easts Tigers v Ipswich Jets at Tapout Energy Stadium on Sunday, July 12 – 1.40pm
(Live on Channel 9)
Channel 9 certainly got their game of the round right this weekend, as two of the competitions perennial finals contenders meet at Tapout Energy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Last weekend’s loss in Cairns was the Tigers first loss since a Round 10 defeat at home to Redcliffe, which is their only loss at Tapout Energy Stadium this season. They have seen off sides convincingly at home this season with some big scores, but more impressive has been the defensive effort. They are currently the second best defensive side, and kept a quality side like Burleigh tryless just two weeks ago.
Easts will need all that defensive effort against one the Intrust Super cup’s most prolific attacking weapons. They currently have the second best attacking total, and their attacking style has caused many sides headaches throughout 2015. The Jets have been good away from home this year too, with just the two losses in Cairns and PNG the only blemishes.
They’ll need that away form to continue, but it will be hard against the tough Tigers side. Either way it should be another showcase of quality rugby league in the Intrust Super Cup.
Prediction: Easts by 4
This Year: Ipswich 32 Easts 24
Last Year: Easts 18 Ipswich 22
Odds: Easts $2.45 Ipswich $1.55
Easts Tigers: 1. Maeli Seve 2. Matt Duffie 3. Shane Neumann 4. Michael Kai 5. Mahe Fonua 6. Shaun Nona 19. Brentt Warr 8. Christian Welch 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Foisa Peni 16. Matthew Zgrajewski 17. Billy Walters
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
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. Landon Hayes 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Fakahoko Teutau 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Tyson Lofipo
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Tweed Heads Seagulls at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, July 12 – 2pm
After an emotional week that involved the farewell of James Ackerman, the Sunshine Coast return to Sunshine Coast Stadium looking to complete a double over the visiting Tweed Heads Seagulls.
The Falcons win over the Seagulls in Round 6 came as some surprise, but the side who won only a solitary game last season have been much improved, and with more luck could be close to a finals spot this year. They were competitive against Mackay last weekend, but ultimately fell just a little short of a much needed morale boost.
The visiting Seagulls have dropped off at the wrong time of the year, as they gone winless since a big 50-4 win over Burleigh in the Rivalry Round in May. A draw and a bye have ensure they haven’t gone pointless in that time. That form will have the home side confident of causing an upset, and it is a confidence we share.
Prediction: Sunshine Coast by 8
This Year: Tweed Heads 24 Sunshine Coast 28
Last Year: Sunshine Coast 4 Tweed Heads 26
Odds: Sunshine Coast $2.55 Tweed Heads $1.50
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Sam Wright 2. Travis Robinson 3. Young Tonumaipea 4. Rowan Klein 5. Suliasi Vunivalu 6. Kurt Mann 7. David Oakes 18. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Paul Ivan 12. Jake Samoa (c) 13. Reuben Baillie 14. Jay Lobwein 15. Johnny Vuetibau 16. Mboya Adams 17. Jon Platt
Coach: Glen Dreger
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Ali Grant 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. James Wood (c) 4. Shaun Carney 5. Leva Li 6. Ricardo Parata 7. Karl Lawton 8. Will Bugden 9. Sam Meskell 10. Oliver Percy 11. Matt Robinson 12. Blake Anderson 13. Sam Saville 14. TBA 15. Dane Clarke 16. Jarrod Morfett 17. Ethan Price
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
Burleigh Bears v Redcliffe Dolphins at Pizzey Park on Sunday, July 12 – 3pm
The Dolphins showed they are up for the fight in the remaining rounds of the Intrust Super Cup with a big performance against the flying PNG Hunters at Dolphin Oval last Sunday, and they will that performance to continue as they are getting close to needing to win every game left in the season to make the finals.
Burleigh are only three points better off than their opponents on Sunday, but some heavy losses have left the Bears with a big negative for and against and will need to stay above other teams on total points.
The earlier fixture at Dolphin Oval saw Redcliffe’s lead evaporate by a big second half comeback by the Bears, and the Dolphins will be keen to not replicate that. Burleigh will be keen to avoid a third straight loss, and as the odds shows there’s very little in it.
Prediction: Redcliffe by 6
This Year: Redcliffe 28 Burleigh 42
Last Year: Burleigh 28 Redcliffe 30
Odds: Burleigh $1.90 Redcliffe $1.90
Burleigh Bears: 1. Khan Ahwang 2. Corbin Kiernan 3. Connor Broadhurst 4. Dimitri Pelo 5. Jamie Anderson 6. Conner Toia 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Mitch Sharp 9. Tom Rowles 10. Pele Peletelese 11. Ayden Lee 12. Louie Fanene 13. Darren Griffiths (c) 14. Marino Allen 15. Josh Ailaomai 16. Shaun Maloney 17. Dave Hala
Coach: Jim Lenihan
Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Josh Beehag 2. Josh Rudolph 3. Tom Opacic 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Marlon Doak 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 9. Darcy Etrich 10. Jon Green 11. Nick Ritter 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Trent Richardson 14. Logan Harris 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Harley Aiono 17. Taylor Brown
Coach: Troy Lindsay
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v CQ Capras at BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, July 12 – 3pm
The horror run of fixtures for the Central Capras comes to an end this weekend as their fourth consecutive match against the top four sides culminates in a visit to BMD Kougari Oval to play Wynnum Manly. The aggregate of their previous three clashes against the top sides comes to 16 for and 166 against.
They’ll be looking at the 5 home games in the last 7 rounds after this week as more realistic chances of breaking their losing streak which stretches back to Round 2. And a chance to avoid the wooden spoon they currently hold.
Wynnum Manly have been their usual competitive best this year with just the four losses, but three of these have been at home – two by just the one point. Two of those losses have been to Mackay and Northern Pride, so maybe there is a dislike of playing sides from up north, a statistic Central may just use as inspiration.
Despite all the possibilities, a big home win to Wynnum looks the only realistic result.
Prediction: Wynnum by 34
This Year: Central 16 Wynnum 34
Last Year: Wynnum 40 Central 10
Odds: Wynnum $1.06 Central $9.00
Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Matthew Grieve 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Greg Eden 6. Patrick Templeman 7. Matthew Smith 8. Ben Shea 9. Alehana Mara 10. Tim Natusch (c) 11. David Stagg 12. Jon Grieve 13. Mitchell Frei 14. John Te Reo 15. Brendon Gibb 16. Aaron Rockley 17. Tanu Wulf
Coach: Jon Buchanan
CQ Capras: 1. Reece Baker 2. Jake Ainsworth 3. Marco Delapena 4. Dan Randall 5. Tarrant Mariner 6. Matt Minto 7. Josh Mitchell 8. Gerard Tema 9. Mark Johnstone 10. Gavin Hiscox 11. Tyson White 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Ian Webster 14. Dean McAdam 15. Dylan Webber 16. Rajan Opetaia- Halls 17. Corbyn Kilday 18. Aaron Watson 19. Sam Smith 20. Josh Tanner 21. Ha’Ofanga Rabakewa 22. Josh Johnston
Coach: Lionel Harbin