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2020 Intrust Super Cup Season Preview

Sunshine Coast Falcons

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2019 Finish: 7th.

Predicted 2020 Finish:  7th to 8th.

The recruitment of PNG International Tom Butterfield is a very smart piece of business by new Falcons coach Sam Mahwinney. He will work well with fellow recruit Luke Capewell and the dynamic Todd Murphy, who will again lead the team around the field.

The three playmakers will benefit from playing behind a big, powerful pack including the seemingly indestructible Dane Hogan and the highly regarded Sam Lavea, who could well prove to be the buys of the season.

Last year the Falcons benefited immensely from Storm players Harry Grant and Nicho Hynes, however it seems unlikely either will feature regularly in the Intrust Super Cup this season.

The Falcons will be looking for a similar impact from their Storm allocated players this season if they are go to deep into the finals.

Easts Tigers

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2019 Finish: 8th.

Predicted Finish 2020: 7th or 8th

New coach Craig Hodges will bring a refreshed and professional approach to the club.

Retirements and departures have hit the Tigers hard, however they still boast a strong core group including Jack Svendsen, Brett Greinke and Jack Peoples.

Hooker Aaron Booth showed signs of brilliance last season but was battered by injuries, he will be hoping for an injury free 2020 to show what he can do.

Brenko Lee signed with the Tigers and they will be hoping he sees at least some game time at Langlands Park before the Storm decide to use him in first grade.

Other Melbourne Storm players allocated to the Tigers include Kelma Tuilagi, crowd favourite Albert Vete and Aaron Pene.

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