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Intrust Super Cup Round 7 preview

Lucky round 7 is on offer this weekend, and there are some sides looking for some luck already in 2016, none more so than two of last year’s top 6 sides and this week’s opponents Ipswich, on two wins thus far and Wynnum, who are on no wins.

Another side on no wins is the Mackay Cutters, who welcome a Redcliffe side in great form, and especially away from home, as they are yet to play at Dolphin Oval this season. Tough going for both of the sides on zero wins.

Elsewhere Norths will look to continue their great run on the road up north in PNG, Townsville head in the other direction and meet the Sunshine Coast. Other North v South clashes feature Northern Pride v Easts in a replay of the 2014 Grand Final, and Central Capras v Burleigh. Souths Logan v Tweed Heads in comparison is a short day trip.

 

 

Burleigh Bears host the Central Queensland Capras: Saturday 4pm at Pizzey Park

The Bears were comfortable winners and are on level pegging with the Blackhawks after holding out the Magpies by a try. The Capras started with a win this year and were two from three before stagnating in recent weeks, their loss at home to the Falcons hurt and they will not be confident coming on to the home ground of the Bears.

This week, both teams will be facing up to the reality of their position. The Bears should be looking at this game to reduce the points difference between them and the Blackhawks on the for and against and they see the Capras as ripe for the pummelling.

The Capras, need to find something and with the chance of facing an over confident Bears may find some holes to score the upset. The reality is, that even with this, there would probably not be enough to bridge the gap in talent between the two sides.

The kicking boots will be one of the biggest points of difference in this game. Jamal Fogarty is kicking it (literally) and sits second on the points scored table. Matthew Minto has left too many points on the kicking tee and if he had bettered his one from five last week, the resulting pressure could have made a difference, if he had his radar calibrated.

Bears will be too good and this could get a bit ugly. Final Score Bears 42 Capras 6.

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Burleigh v Central @ Pizzey Park
Kick Off – Saturday 4pm
Last Year – Burleigh 28 Central 12 / Central 22 Burleigh 14

 

Mackay Cutters host the Redcliffe Dolphins. Stadium Mackay Saturday 6PM

The Cutters were humbled by the fast starting Norths Devils and now face a Dolphins team who shot down the rebuilding Jets with a dominant display.

The Cutters have not had a good year, the loss of their coach to rivals the Capras and some changes have left them struggling. Whilst they showed some stick the previous round, last week undid a lot of the hard yards gained and now they will have to face a side who are on a three game winning streak.

The Dolphins are running hot, they have knocked off the Jets, Falcons and Wynnum Manly and the early bye has not hurt them either. They will be heavy favourites for this game and this is well deserved. You could almost feel sorry for the Cutters having to face up against these guys but they will get no sympathy from Redcliffe.

This is the game where the forwards of the Cutters have to take a stand. They have been run through, around and over and they need to put in a big game to shut down the Dolphins pack.

The Cutter have to get a win soon, but I would be very surprised if that came this week. Dolphins will be the victors and it should not be close. Dolphins 36 Cutters 6.

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Mackay v Redcliffe @ BB Stadium Mackay
Kick Off – Saturday 6pm
Last Year – Mackay 28 Redcliffe 18 / Redcliffe 40 Mackay 18

 

Norths looking for more Northern exposure

A few teams have started off better than expected in comparison to 2015, and the Norths Devils are certainly one of those teams, as they currently sit just three points from the leaders after 6 rounds with three wins and a draw.

Coincidentally, those three wins have all come against teams from the northern half of the state. They saw off the Pride at home, but have also defeated the Central Capras and Mackay Cutters on the road showing a liking for life on the road up north.

Lucky that the Devils like being on the road up north, as this week they can’t get any further north than Port Moresby in the Intrust Super Cup in what will be a true test of their improvement in 2015.

The Hunters are fresh off serving up the table topping Blackhawks first loss of the year at home, and confidence will be high, as will the expectations of the local fans.

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PNG v Norths @ National Football Stadium, Ports Moresby
Kick Off – Saturday 6.30pm
Last Year – Norths 16 PNG 34

 

Sunshine Coast Falcons host the Townsville Blackhawks: On Chan 9 in QLD 1:40pm Sunday Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Last weekend saw the Blackhawks lose for the first time against a Hunters side that was fired up by 12000 strong crowd of locals. The Falcons are returning home after knocking off the Capras and will need to be at their best when the cameras are on them this Sunday.

The Falcons are four from six and were able to defeat the Blackhawks conquerors the PNG Hunters on the same field in round 4. They have shared the scoring and present an attack that can score from anywhere. It will be how they defend that will determine the result.

The Blackhawks struggled to maintain control of the ball, however the soap was on the ball as the Hunters also suffered in humid and heated conditions. This week Coach Kristian Woolf will welcome the cooler temperatures and will be putting the pressure on the Blackhawks to not drop a second game.  Five changes with some injuries taking their toll will see the backline feature only two of five from last week’s players. How these changes gel will be critical to the final result?

Key Matchup: Jacks lines up against MPW and will need to continue his form if the Falcons are to take the points. You feel that the calm skill from Parker Walshe and TV game pressure will march Jacks into a furnace, how he comes out could set the Falcons up for an excellent season.

The Blackhawks will be favourites and they will not leave anything behind as they look to maintain the pace with the Burleigh Bears who are hosting the 2 from 5 Capras. They should win it a 32 point to 12 win.

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Sunshine Coast v Townsville @ Sunshine Coast Stadium
Kick Off – Sunday 1:40pm
Last Year – Sunshine Coast 13 Townsville 20

TV Game – Channel 9 from 1:30pm

 

Decimated Tigers face tough trip to Cairns

Round 7 sees an injury ravaged Easts Tigers travel to Barlow Park Cairns to take on the 5th place Northern Pride who only sit one point behind them on the ladder.

The Tigers are facing a crisis in the backline with Shane Neumann, Javarn White, Jeremy Hawkins, Michael Kai and Daniel Foster all missing through injury. They will be looking to rookie Guy Hamilton to spark something from the back in his first run in the unfamiliar position of fullback.

Fresh from a very good debut the club last weekend Matt White retains his place in the front row. Coach Scott Sipple has gone for four big bodies on the bench Storm contracted Francis Taulau and Christian Welch joined by experienced duo Liam McDonald and Foisa Peni who are both playing the first Intrust Super Cup games for the season.

Pride Coach Joe O’Callaghan, off the back of a 48-0 demolition of Tweed Heads last week has the luxury of naming a largely unchanged. Former top points scorer of the year Khan Ahwang, try scoring wizard Linc Port and new halfback Brayden Torpy have all been in scintillating form this season. With Torpy in particular showing he is headed for bigger things.

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Pride v Easts @ Barlow Park
Kick Off – Sunday 3:00pm
Last Year – Pride 24 Easts 12 / Easts 20 Pride 12

 

Black and White Feathered Fight for points at Davies Park

There’s a lot in common between the two sides that meet at Davies Park this weekend, from colours to an avian mascot, and they are even right beside each other on the ladder.

Despite their close proximity on the ladder, the Magpies have won one more game than Tweed Heads with two, and in truth have looked the better of the two sides so far in 2016. They have been competitive against PNG Hunters and Ipswich without winning, and have enjoyed the contributions of some young up and coming Broncos fringe players and some club stalwarts.

Tweed’s only win so far came in week 1 against the Tigers and have conceded 90 points to eight since their bye in Round 4, so come into the game in less than ideal form, and it looks as if the Magpies might get this one.

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Souths Logan v Tweed Heads @ Davies Park
Kick Off – Sunday 3:00pm
Last Year – Souths Logan 24 Tweed 22 / Tweed Head 24 Souths Logan 0

 

2016 early underachievers in unfamiliar territory meet in Ipswich

Hard to imagine that these two combatants would have just two wins between them at this stage of the season, and both of those belong to Ipswich.

The two sides sit in unfamiliar territory for clubs which have achieved so much in the recent past, with multiple titles for Wynnum in the last few years followed by a drought breaking win for the Ipswich Jets in 2015. Ipswich sit on four points alongside Souths Logan and Tweed Heads, and the unfortunate Seagulls sit dead last on 0 points and a for and against that may cost them later in the year if it isn’t reversed soon.

The question of why there’s such a change in the fortunes in 2016 compared to their 2015 remains a small mystery as both sides retained most of their backline. Maybe both are missing the contributions of hard working forwards Mitchell Frei, Kieron Lander, Rod Griffin more than one thinks. Maybe the rest of the competition have improved significantly enough to make these sides miss the finals, Maybe not, but a loss for either side will make it hard for them to see finals football in September.

 

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Ipswich v Wynnum @ North Ipswich Reserve
Kick Off – Sunday 3:30pm
Last Year – Ipswich 16 Wynnum 18 / Wynnum 12 Ipswich 16

 

TIPSTERS TIME

MATT PRITCHARD (Editor) (23/40)
Burleigh, Redcliffe, PNG, Sunshine Coast, Pride, S0uths Logan, Ipswich

DAN WHITE (North Queensland Correspondent) (25/40)
Burleigh, Redcliffe, PNG, Townsville, Pride, Souths Logan, Ipswich

SHANNON MEYER (SEQ + PNG Correspondent) (24/40)
Burleigh, Redcliffe, PNG, Townsville, Pride, Souths Logan, Ipswich

SCOTT SATTLER (Channel 9 + Penrith Legend) (22/40)
Burleigh, Redcliffe, PNG, Townsville, Pride, Tweed, Wynnum

MATT CROWHURST (Tigers TV) (19/40)
Burleigh, Redcliffe, PNG, Townsville, Pride, Souths Logan, Ipswich

 

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LADDER

  P W D L B +/- Pts
Townsville Blackhawks 6 5 0 1 0 107 10
Burleigh Bears 6 5 0 1 0 54 10
PNG Hunters 6 5 0 1 0 41 10
Easts Tigers 6 4 1 1 0 50 9
Northern Pride 5 3 0 2 1 61 8
Redcliffe Dolphins 5 3 0 2 1 54 8
Sunshine Coast Falcons 6 4 0 2 0 25 8
Norths Devils 6 3 1 2 0 -2 7
CQ Capras 5 2 0 3 1 -21 6
Ipswich Jets 6 2 0 4 0 -27 4
Souths Logan Magpies 6 2 0 4 0 -45 4
Tweed Heads Seagulls 5 1 0 4 1 -90 4
Mackay Cutters 6 0 0 6 0 -86 0
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 6 0 0 6 0 -121 0

 

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