2020 Intrust Super Cup Season Preview

The 2020 Intrust Super Cup promises to be another exciting and entertaining instalment of Queensland’s premier rugby league competition as fourteen teams battle for supremacy.

Several intriguing questions wait to be answered.

Can anyone equal the Sunshine Coast Falcons unprecedented 21 wins from last season?

Can the Burleigh Bears do what no team has done in nearly a decade and win back to back titles?

Here are my thoughts on the 2020 Intrust Super Cup.

Burleigh Bears

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2019 Finish: 3rd, Grand Final Winners.

Predicted 2020 Finish: Top two.

The defending champions have retained the majority of their grand final winning side from and their preseason included an impressive 18-16 defeat of the Gold Coast Titans.

They have a powerful pack including Luke Page, Hayden Schwass and Blake Leary and what is essentially an NRL spine featuring Kurtis Rowe, Jamal Fogarty and Pat Polotini.

Captain Page is one of seven players (also Rowe, Fogarty, Politini, Leary, Sami Sauliuma and Schwass) who are all dual premiership winners at this level and provide the Bears with enviable experience.

The experienced Rick Stone returns as coach.

Townsville Blackhawks

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2019 Finish: 4th.

Predicted 2020 Finish: Top two.

Fast becoming the competitions perennial under achievers, it is time for the Blackhawks to make a statement.

They have recruited well, with New Zealand international Josh Hoffman bringing 189 games of NRL experience. A world class finisher on his day Hoffman has the potential to be a devastating at this level and it will be interesting to see where he is used.

Former Storm and Dragon forward Patrick Kaufusi joins the squad along with former Hunter Moses Meninga. The two of them will add depth, particularly with Tom Gilbert seemingly NRL bound.

Hooker Kris Freeman remains one of the most under rated players in the competition and will again be a key man for the Blackhawks.

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