OPINION | Where Will Your Intrust Super Cup Team Finish?

For the second season running, QRL correspondent Matt Crowhurst looks at the Intrust Super Cup ladder – and the six rounds ahead – to determine who will be left standing in 2018.

Redcliffe Dolphins (Currently 1st on 26 points) – Along with Townsville and the Bears, they’re one of the form teams of the year. They have an easier run to the finals; the only contenders they play are the Tigers and Townsville and they have three home games. They should get four wins, and if they can get beat either the Tigers or Townsville they may just snag themselves the minor premiership. Dolphins versus Falcons games are always emotional, and their Round 24 clash will be crucial. Former Dolphins junior coach – and current Falcons coach – Craig Ingebrigsten would love nothing more than to finish his season by springing an upset and denying his former club the glory.

Predicted finish: 4 wins, 34 points, 1st equal.

Townsville Blackhawks (2nd, 26 points) – They have one of the toughest runs home, however if any team can get the wins when it counts it’s them. They face Tweed (A), Souths Logan (A), Norths (A), Dolphins (H), Burleigh (A) and Wynnum (A) and could win as few as two or as many as five of these games. Rounds 22 and 23 against the Dolphins and Bears seem likely to determine where the Minor Premiership shield will spend the summer.

Predicted finish: 4 wins, 34 points, 1st equal.

Burleigh Bears (3rd, 24) – A tricky trip to PNG is bookended by potential wins over the Capras and Wynnum; they then face a rugged last three weeks: Souths Logan (A), Townsville (H) and Easts (A). These last three rounds will decide where they finish, and Round 24 at Suzuki Stadium could be significant for both teams. Four wins seems the best-case scenario.

Predicted finish; 4 wins, 32 points, 3rd equal.

Norths Devils (4th, 22) – They play PNG in Lae this weekend, followed by the Tigers and Townsville at Bishop Park. After that, they face teams that are out of finals contention. They should have no problem amassing four wins for eight points and locking up a place in the top six. As PNG showed last year, getting into the finals is half the battle, once you are there anything is possible.

Predicted finish: 4 wins, 30 points, 5th place.

Northern Pride (5th, 22) – The Pride of the north have been the surprise packet of the season under rookie coach Ty Williams. They have the easiest run home of any of the contenders – Jets (H), Falcons (A), Capras (H), Cutters (A), Dolphins (H), Tweed (H). Five wins will see them leap the Devils into equal third with the Bears.

Predicted finish: 5 wins, 32 points, 3rd equal.

Souths Logan Magpies (6th, 20) – Despite their efforts in 2019, the Magpies remain one of the most underestimated teams in the competition; in Guy Hamilton and Brendon Gibb they have two of the most underrated players going around. Should get wins over Wynnum (H), PNG (H) and the Cutters (A).  If they can sneak one more win they will move to 28 points and put real pressure on the Tigers.

Predicted finish: 3 wins, 26 points, 7th.

Easts Tigers (7th, 20) – This is where the rubber meets the road. It does not seem likely, barring upsets, that both the Magpies and Tigers can make the top six. The Tigers are the form team of the competition; if they remain injury-free and can keep the same line-up there is no reason why they cannot win at least four of their remaining six games. Their fate is tied to that of Souths – whichever team wins the most games will make the finals. The two teams face a season-defining 80 minutes on Saturday the 18th of August at Suzuki Stadium. I certainly hope the Tigers can make the six.

Predicted finish: 4 wins, 28 points, 6th.

The Sunshine Coast Falcons, Ipswich Jets, PNG Hunters and Tweed Head Seagulls (all on 18 points) are a mathematical chance of making the six. They need to win five or six of their remaining games and none of them seem capable of that. The Falcons have an easier run into the finals, while Tweed and PNG – who both suffered last start losses -may have left their run too late.

It will certainly be an intriguing, enthralling and exciting next six weeks.










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