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PREVIEW: Intrust Super Cup Round 13

With the rugby league world coming down from the pre-game hype and disappointment of an underwhelming first State of Origin clash, you can rely on the Intrust Super Cup to provide another full action packed round of fixtures.

Hopefully the predicted apocalyptic weather doesn’t ruin the weekend ahead, but the worst of it is scheduled for Saturday which puts just the Wynnum clash with the Falcons at BMD Kougari in danger. The other game on Saturday is in Port Moresby as the Hunters try to turn around a poor patch of form against the Pride.

Sunday sees the TV Cameras in Townsville for the first time in 2016 for the Blackhawks clash with the Devils. Both Gold Coast teams are at home with challenging matches, and Redcliffe and Souths Logan welcome teams from up north.

The match by match previews are below.

 

SEAGULLS SEASON TAKING OFF AFTER HORROR START

by Shannon Meyer

The Wynnum Seagulls are flying up the Intrust Super Cup ladder after putting five wins in a row together after starting 2016 having lost six straight. A win this weekend would leave the Seagulls with a 50-50 record and possibly even put themselves in the top 6.

The loyal fans in the Chook Pen and around Kougari will also welcome a return to winning ways at home. Wynnum lost their first three home games in that opening run of six losses, but have now made up for that with big wins over Mackay (62-16) and Central (50-28).

The Sunshine Coast Falcons have a record of 5 wins and 5 losses so far this season, with a bye and a draw, and that sums up the season with great wins over top 6 sides PNG and Burleigh interspersed with losses. Pre season talk of a possible top 6 berth is still a real possibility, but a loss here on Saturday allows a competitor for that spot to overtake them.

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Wynnum Seagulls v Sunshine Coast Falcons @ BMD Kougari Oval
Kick Off – Saturday 6pm
Last Year – Sunshine Coast 10 Wynnum 23

 

PNG HUNTERS V NORTHERN PRIDE AT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL STADIUM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4: 6.30PM

by Dan White

Both teams come in from losses that given the form of their opponents at the time may have thought that they could have won. The Pride continued their poor home form with two losses and now the Hunters are also not in the greatest form, but at least their consecutive losses were away from home.

The Pride will be bolstered by the return of the sorely missed Javid Bowen after his promotion to the Cowboys NRL team due to origin. A centre is a key component to how the backline operates and his absence was felt. Especially against the Falcons, with whom the margin of six points was easily less than Javid’s scoring potential. The Hunters had a bad day, the second week away for them has often revealed different results and I am sure they were stunned after being beaten up by the Capras that the Jets would also take the game into their forward pack.

Like most games in the modern format, this will boil down to the 6, 7 and 9. The halves and hooker combos for both sides have been spluttering along during their recent losses and it will be the group that comes out of this little series of battles that will take the points. For the Pride the shuffling of Ghietti from his normal role as hooker may payoff but against a team like the Hunters, it is always a risk.

Prediction: Hard to choose on form, however at home you feel that the Hunters, spurred on by  15, 000 locals should be able to bring home the points.

Score: Hunters 31 over the Pride 18.

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PNG Hunters v Northern Pride @ National Football Stadium
Kick Off – Saturday 6:30pm
Last Year – PNG 36 Pride 16

 

TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS V NORTHS DEVILS AT JACK MANSKI OVAL ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5: 1.40PM (CHN 9 GAME)

by Dan White

Blackhawks went down last weekend as they were disrupted by the impacts of origin, but they also brought in a new young fellow with the nickname of Mango. The rust was knocked of early and he definitely showed some glimpses of his NRL form laying on some passes that were as crisp as they used to be. Norths had a solid victory over Tweed Heads and in running up almost 50 points showed that their attack is as potent as anyone’s in the competition.

The Blackhawks have named an extended bench including the returning Hughes and Thompson, and it will be interesting to see who misses out, come the whistle when we get to see this game live on 9 for Queensland viewers. The battle between Hughes, Laybutt and Mango over their roles will be interesting to say the least and one of the local clubs may very well have a quality player on their line up this weekend. The Devils are settled with almost the same side as last week and will be hopeful to challenge the league leaders on their home ground as they finalise their selections.

With the possible changes to the Blackhawks it is hard to define any of these contest as set in stone, but Michael Parker Walshe will be the one player who must be on his game for the Blackhawks to get the win. Todd Murphy has been accurate with the boot and creative with his distribution and may be wanting to play with MPW’s confidence as the team settles back in.

Blackhawks at home are hard to bypass, but how they adjust to the changes in the line-up and if they continue to use Mango at fullback will also not only shape the outcome of this game, but potentially the Blackhawks season. Norths have a chance, but for me the Blackhawks have too much quality across the park to be beaten at home by anyone.

Final Score: Blackhawks 36 Devils 10.

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Townsville Blackhawks v Norths Devils @ Jack Manski Oval
Kick Off – Sunday 1:40pm
Last Year – Townsville 50 Norths 6

TV Game on Channel 9 and WIN

 

SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES V MACKAY CUTTERS AT DAVIES PARK ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5: 2.05PM

by Dan White

Souths Logan head home after taking care of the Pride in Cairns and will face up to the Mackay Cutters who come in off the bye and have just a single victory so far this season.

This is a definite trap game for Souths Logan, they have had a win and a draw in recent week s and they will need to respect the Cutters, as they may be not performing to well they did surprise the Jets and with the week off, they should be fresh and ready. When you line these two teams up by position, you can see that they are closely matched on a player by player basis and it will be how they play as a team that should determine the outcome.

In line with the team aspect, I think this game may be a battle fought and won in the forwards. Both packs have enough size to them to trouble any team and it should be interesting to see who dominates and who can exploit the holes behind the play the ball area the best. Both packs will need to be on their game to win this match.

With that being said, I am finding hard not to pick the Magpies, winning form is better than the weekend off at this early stage and I would be surprised if the Magpies did not romp it in.

Final Score: Magpies 34 over the Cutters 12.

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Souths Logan Magpies v Mackay Cutters @ Davies Park
Kick Off – Sunday 2:05pm
Last Year – Souths Logan 32 Mackay 18 (Acacia Ridge)

 

TIGERS AND BEARS MEET IN TOP THREE CLASH

by Matt Crowhurst

Even though the competition is only half way through we may well get  a preview of semi finals football this weekend as the 2nd placed Tigers take on the 3rd placed Bears at Pizzey Park.

The Tigers are on a three game winning streak that has seen them defeat the Blackhawks and the Jets. These wins have been achieved off the flair of little men Brodie Croft, Guy Hamilton and Billy Walters and the hard running of Francis Taulau, Matt White and Christian Welch. Welch played his best game at this level against the Blackhawks.

It could be a severely undermanned Tigers pack that rolls out on Sunday with suspension and Storm commitments likely to rob them of Britt, Welch and White.

The Bears have not played at home since the 1st of May though they have been on a roll, winning 4 in a row on the road. Coming off a last start defeat to the Dolphins they will be looking to make this a day to remember for the faithful.

They will be looking for Pat Politini to add more impetus from hooker and for Titan Cameron Cullen to create magic for the dangerous Waka Wanahi and Connor Broadhurst.

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Burleigh Bears v Easts Tigers @ Pizzey Park
Kick Off – Sunday 2:00pm
Last Year – Burleigh 20 Easts 22 / Easts 24 Burleigh 2

Live Stream – http://thetigers.com.au/tigertv-live/

 

CAN THE JETS TITLE DEFENCE TAKE OFF AND ADD MORE MISERY TO A NSW SIDE

by Shannon Meyer

It was refreshing to see the Ipswich Jets almost back to their best last weekend, despite it being at the expense of the PNG Hunters. All the favourite party tricks were on display – the short kick offs, the kick return from a receiving kick off, and plenty of speed and skills throughout.

It was much needed for the 2015 premiers as they had only the Mackay Cutters below them on the ladder and had been on a poor run of results at home and away. They will take that confidence over the border this weekend, and can also take heart from the Wynnum Seagulls turnaround which has them on the edge of the Top 6. The finals series would certainly welcome an Ipswich side at the random best.

Tweed Heads have now lost two in a row after a run of three straight, and such is the fluid nature of the midfield pack, the Seagulls are now third last and could be overtaken by this opponents if they lose.

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Tweed Heads v Ipswich Jets @ Piggabeen
Kick Off – Sunday 2pm
Last Year – Tweed Heads 10 Ipswich 34 / Ipswich 32 Tweed Heads 16

 

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS V CQ CAPRAS AT DOLPHIN OVAL ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5: 2PM

by Dan White

Redcliffe remain at home after the took care of the Bears and the Capras stay in Brisbane after a tale of two halves that went from being competitive to being painful in the final 40 minutes. Dolphins on the other hand enjoyed a comfortable victory from almost the opening whistle.

The Dolphins are firing at the moment, they have moved up to fourth on the table and are two games clear of their opponent in this match. Their backs have been scoring well and their forwards are driving most teams they face backwards and it showed against the Bears. The Capras will need to be well prepared for this onslaught if they are to get the points, but they faded last week and against this Dolphins playing group, that will be exploited.

The Fullbacks for both sides have been keeping the scorers busy, but in this game it will be who does their job the best when the team does not have the ball that will determine the outcome. Reece Baker will have to step up in defence if they are to contain the scoring power of the Dolphins and Jack Ahearn will be under the pump as the Capras will be looking through the middle to make their metres.

Dolphins are in form, but the Capras have already pulled of a shock win or two so far this season and will be wanting to keep the upsets rolling. This task will be too big for them unfortunately and I expect the Dolphins to win this easily.

Final Score: Dolphins 36 Capras 14.

Quick Stats
Redcliffe Dolphins v Central Capras @ Dolphin Oval
Kick Off – Sunday 2pm
Last Year – Redcliffe 68 Central 16 / Central 4 Redcliffe 28 (Gladstone)

 

 

TIPSTERS TIME

MATT PRITCHARD (Editor) (42/73)
Wynnum, Hunters, Townsville, Tweed, Redcliffe, Burleigh, Souths Logan

 

DAN WHITE (North Queensland Correspondent) (45/73)
Wynnum, Hunters, Townsville, Ipswich, Redcliffe, Easts, Souths Logan

 

SHANNON MEYER (SEQ + PNG Correspondent) (39/73)
Wynnum, Pride, Townsville, Souths Logan, Burleigh, Ipswich, Redcliffe

 

SCOTT SATTLER (Channel 9 + Penrith Legend) (43/73)
Wynnum, Hunters, Townsville, Ipswich, Redcliffe, Burleigh, Mackay

 

MATT CROWHURST (Tigers TV) (43/73)
Sunshine Coast, Pride, Townsville, Tweed, Redcliffe, Easts, Souths Logan

 

Team P W D L B F A +/- Pts
Townsville Blackhawks 12 9 1 2 0 396 193 203 19
Easts Tigers 11 7 1 3 1 309 228 81 17
Burleigh Bears 12 8 1 3 0 342 288 54 17
Redcliffe Dolphins 11 7 0 4 1 298 184 114 16
PNG Hunters 11 7 0 4 1 255 221 34 16
Sunshine Coast Falcons 11 5 1 5 1 221 222 -1 13
Northern Pride 11 5 0 6 1 263 241 22 12
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 11 5 0 6 1 292 295 -3 12
CQ Capras 11 5 0 6 1 244 314 -70 12
Souths Logan Magpies 12 5 1 6 0 299 316 -17 11
Norths Devils 11 4 1 6 1 238 316 -78 11
Tweed Heads Seagulls 11 4 0 7 1 221 318 -97 10
Ipswich Jets 12 4 0 8 0 280 329 -49 8
Mackay Cutters 11 1 0 10 1 216 409 -193 4

 

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