QLD Intrust Super Cup Round 1 – preview

What new tricks do the Walker Brothers have in store for 2016? #JETSvDEVILS

The season starts with the team who played last in 2015 – the Premiers and State Championship winners – Ipswich Jets. After thrilling fans with their style of play in 2015, they were a victim of their own success in the off season with NRL clubs poaching their talent and captain Keiron Lander retiring. But after a browse of their team sheet for Round 1, the majority of their backline from last year remain, and the Walker brother did promise something new this year. They still have enough talent at their disposal to pull it off.

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@ North Ipswich Reserve Saturday March 5 – 3:15pm
Last Year – Ipswich 36 Norths 22 – Norths 18 Ipswich 24

Townsville Blackhawks v Redcliffe Dolphins at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday, March 5 – 4pm

Some big names for the Blackhawks are missing after injuries during the trials damaged their preferred starting line-up. Captain Daniel Beasley and dangerous Michael Parker-Walshe are not taking the field with Beasley out for an extended period due to an ACL injury, MPW is hoping to be back in 4-6 weeks due to a shoulder injury. The absence of eight of the Blackhawks best listed players does improve the Dolphins a chances in what will be a tough opening encounter for both teams.

The Dolphins will be fielding a team with a number of their Brisbane Broncos signed players filling out the back line. Surprisingly, their newly recruited captain Sam Anderson will be off the bench, but this will be a side that will be looking to take the game to the Blackhawks and get them whilst they are missing some key personnel.

Last time they met: Round 25 at Jack Manski Oval Townsville. Blackhawks 46 – Dolphins 22.

Prediction: Whilst the Blackhawks are not 100% they are still fielding a very good side who defend very well. Townsville Blackhawks 26 – Redcliffe Dolphins 14.

Townsville Blackhawks: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Jonathon Reuben 3. Lenny Magey 4. Delouise Fredrick Hoeter, 5. Samsen O’Neill 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Sam Foster 8. Sam Hoare 9. Anthony Mitchell, 10. Corey Jensen 11. Noel Underwood 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Glenn Hall 14. Nathan Norford, 15. Kieran Quabba 17. David Munro 18. Lona Kaifoto

Coach: Kristian Woolf

Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Joshua Beehag 2. Jonus Pearson 3. Aaron Whitchurch 4. Daniel Randall 5. Thomas Opacic, 6. Zach Strasser 7. Darren Nicholls 8. Charlie Faingaa 9. Shane Pumipi 10. Rulon Nutira, 11. Harley Aiono 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Christopher Gesch 14. Brandon Lee,15. Daniel Bridge 16. Samuel Anderson (c) 17. Tyson Andrews 18. Joseph Bradley

Coach: Adam Mogg

Mackay Cutters v CQ Capras at Stadium Mackay on Saturday, March 5 at 6pm

The Mid Queensland derby fires up Stadium Mackay on Saturday night and whilst both teams are in building mode, they will not be leaving anything on the paddock. A close run trial saw the Capras head off the Cutters but trials form counts for nothing and they will be both lining up for bragging rights and a strong start to the season.

The Capras had a terrible season last year and the Cutters were in close but no cigar territory and both will be looking at climbing up the ladder this year.

Last time they met: Round 6 CQ Capras 12 Mackay Cutters 14

Prediction: Going for the upset as winning form is always good form. Capras 16 Cutters 8 

Mackay Cutters: 1. Liam Taylor 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Johnny Faletagoai 4. Matthew Wright 5. Jack Creith, 6. Regan Verney 7. Delayne Ashby 8. Brad Lupi 9. Joshua Chudleigh 10. Braden Uele, 11. Brendan Treston 12. Patrick Mago 13. Steve Rapira 14. Jacob Pottinger 15. Joss Boyton, 16. Andrew Davey 17. Alexander Farrell 18. Ryan Kinlyside

Coach: David Simpson

CQ Capras: 1. Reece Baker 2. Kirisome Kirisome 3. Brandon Manase 4. Adam Henry 5. Bayley Liu, 6. Maipele Morseu 7. Matthew Minto 8. Gavin Hiscox (c) 9. Mark Johnstone 10. Jack Kavanagh 11. Marco Delapena 12. William Cullen 13. Aleki Falepaini 14. Nathan Wilson 15. Peter Gallen 17. Victor Halfpenny 18. Jordan Kane

Coach: Kim Williams

Sunshine Coast Falcons v Northern Pride at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, March 6 12.40pm*(Live on Channel 9)

First of the Sunday Games to be shown live on channel 9 in Queensland before Sunday NRL football and it should be a very entertaining clash. The Falcons had a poor outing in their last trial and will be facing a very strong Northern Pride team looking to get their season off to a flying start.

A solid preseason for the Pride has the coach Joe O’Callaghan is looking to avoid repeating the terrible start from last season when it took until round 5 to find the winning feeling. That poor start was pivotal in their failure to make the finals on percentage and the coach is making the changes he believes he needs to avoid this happening.

Last time they met: Round 14 Sunshine Coast Falcons 6 Northern Pride 28

Prediction: Northern Pride should be too good at a ground that they have won on before. Northern Pride 24 Sunshine Coast Falcons 16

Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Eddie Tautali 2. Tony Tumusa 3. Curtis Scott 4. Matt Grieve 5. Rowan Klein 6. Alex Bishop, 7. Ryley Jacks 15. Tui Kamikamica 9. Nafe Seluini 10. Tom Geraghty 11. Pat Hollis, 12. Joe Stimson 13. Troy Giess (c) 14. Robbie Ward 16. Callum Klein 17. Jacob Samoa, 18. Martin Cordwell 21. Ryan Hansen

Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen

Northern Pride: 1. Linc Port 2. Khan Ahwang 3. Javid Bowen 4. Shaun Hudson 5. Luke George 6. Jared Allen, 7. Brayden Torpy 8. David Murphy 9. Ryan Ghietti (c) 10. Patrick Kaufusi 11. Vaipuna Tia-Kilifi 12. Jack Svendsen 13. Ben Spina 14. Denzel King 15. Tom Hancock 16. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 17. Akeripa Tia-Kilifi

Coach: Joe O’Callaghan

Tweed Heads in a Bear Market? #THSvTIGES

The big news for rugby league on the Gold Coast in the past week was the possibility of the Bears (formerly of North Sydney) were looking to take over and rename the coast’s NRL side. The Titans currently have both Burleigh and Tweed Heads as feeder clubs and the change to the Bears would suit as both clubs would have a link. Firstly Burleigh are already the Bears, and secondly the Seagulls League club has been owned by the North Sydney group since 1998. Any new investment on the Gold Coast that keeps rugby league safe is all good.

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@ Piggabeen Sports – Sunday March 6 – 2:00pm
Last Year: Tweed Heads 24 Easts 24


Will the Hunters Dominance over the Magpies continue? #SLMvPNG

The new season kicks off again at Davies Park again for Souths Logan and the PNG Hunters, and the Magpies will be looking for their first win against the PNG side since the Hunter’s arrival in the Intrust Super Cup in 2014. The four previous clashes have all gone to the PNG side with a combined for and against of +104. The big question – is there a hangover for the Hunters after their disappointing exit last season in the finals.

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Live Stream available via QRL Website
@ Davies Park – Sunday March 6 – 2:05pm
Last Year – SL 18 PNG 40 – PNG 34 SL 12


Can the Bears surprise the Seagulls again? #WYNvBEARS

Wynnum looked home in this fixture last year when a late run home from Burleigh followed by an even later field goal snatched the win from under the Seagulls beaks at BMD Kougari. Wynnum will be looking to kick start their season in style, and on a Sunday afternoon in front of the Chook Pen, there’s hardly a better place to end Round 1.

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@ BMD Kougari Oval – Sunday March 6 – 3:00pm
Last Year: Wynnum 24 Burleigh 25 – Burleigh 24 Wynnum 46

Matt Pritchard (editor): 0 pts – Ipswich, Townsville, Mackay, Pride, Easts, PNG, Wynnum
Shannon Meyer (Brisbane correspondent): 0 pts – Ipswich, Townsville, Capras, Sunshine Coast, Easts, PNG, Burleigh
Dan White (Nth Qld correspondent): 0 pts – Ipswich, Townsville, Capras, Pride, Tigers, Hunters, Wynnum
Scott Sattler (Channel 9 Intrust Super Cup commentator): 0 pts – Ipswich, Townsville, Mackay, Pride, Tweed, PNG, Wynnum
Matt Crowhurst ( 0 pts – Ipswich, Townsville, Mackay, Falcons, Tweed, Souths, Wynnum



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