ROUND 7 | Intrust Super Cup Preview

Time for a quick Intrust Super Cup Round 7 preview, and as ever it is full of cracking matches.

The weekend starts off in Wynnum with the Burleigh Bears looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, and it ends in Townsville on Sunday with the other competition leaders Norths Devils testing their premiership credentials against the Blackhawks.

In between there’s a trip to Emerald for the Capras and Pride on the Saturday evening, and Saturday’s other games sees Redcliffe visit Mackay in a game of two last round winners, and the Jets fly into the Sunshine Coast where both sides lot last weekend.

Sunday’s other matches couldn’t be further spread apart, with Piggabeen hosting Seagulls v Tigers, and a couple of 1000 kms further north and in another country the Hunters are hosting the Magpies in Port Moresby.

What a weekend ahead. Want to read more, of course you do. Your Quick Intrust Super Cup Round 7 Preview awaits.

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Intrust Super Cup Round 7 Preview

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Both teams arrive to this Intrust Super Cup Round 7 fixture on the back of a loss, not such a rare occurrence for the Seagulls, who have started the year with 2-4 record, Burleigh’s loss weekend was their first of the 2018 season, and lost the top step of the Intrust Super Cup ladder to their opponents in Norths. Wynnum are winless in three attempts at home in 2018, two of those have been lost very late into the game, but it is not a great stat. In a barely interesting stat, both of Wynnum’s wins have come at neutral grounds against Pride (BMD Suzuki Stadium) and Norths (Lang Park). Both games went to the away side last year. A side interest in Broncos’ next big thing Payne Hass up against and experienced Bears pack.

Last Year – Bu;leigh 4 Wynnum 28  — Wynnum 22 Burleigh 38


Wynnum Manly Seagulls

1. Patrick Templeman 2. Peter Gubb 3. Jeriah Goodrich 4. Delouise Hoeter 5. Daniel Ogden 6. Aaron Booth 7. Michael Dobson 8. Payne Haas 9. Mitch Cronin 10. Stedman Lefau 11. Patrick Carrigan 12. Til Vea 13. Mitch Frei (c) 14. Mitchell Moore 15. Junior Pita 16. Salesi Funaki 17. Alex Barr 18. Max Elliott 19. Edward Burns 20. Lachlan Lee 21. Keenan Palasia

Burleigh Bears

1. Toby McIntosh 2. Troy Leo 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Jamie Dowling 5. Justin Tavae 6. Christopher Law 7. Josh Rogers 8. Luke Page (c) 9. Pat Politoni 10. Matt White 11. Hayden Schwass 12. Blake Leary 13. Sam Coster 14. Jai Whitbread 15. Dylan Kelly 16. Josh Ailaomai 17. Matthew Robinson



Second game in for the Intrust Super Cup Round 7, and another two teams meet off the back of two losses. Both of them at home. The Jets loss was quite a surprise to the Mackay Cutters, and the Falcons loss was a surprise on the night as they were in front with not long left and gave away a penalty in attack. The pressure is on both sides – Falcons expected to challenge for the top 3 and Jets for the top 6, a loss for either side on Saturday certainly won’t help. A side interest is the halves combination for the Falcons with slightly more famous relatives. Cooper Johns is Matty Johns son, and Rhys Jacks is brother of the Storm’s current number 7. As always Michael Purcell is one to watch, but strangely for the Jets attacking flair, they are only 9th in points scored.

Last Year – Ipswich 4 Sunshine Coast 34  —  Sunshine Coast 36 Ipswich 16


Sunshine Coast Falcons

1. Khan Ahwang 2. Matt Soper-Lawler 3. Christopher Lewis 4. Justin Olam 5. Jake Ainsworth 6. Cooper Johns 7. Rhys Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Harry Grant 10. Harrison Muller 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Joe Stimson 13. Lachlan Timm 14. Lachlan Roe 15. Liam McDonald 16. Louis Geraghty 17. Jacob Hind 19. Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards 20. Nick Timm 21. Brentt Warr 22. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Ipswich Jets

1. Michael Purcell 14. Denzel Burns 3. Pio Seci 17. Rory Humphreys 5. Wes Conlon 6. Julian Christian 7. Dane Phillips 8. Tyson Lofipo 21. Kierran Moseley 10. Nat Neale (c) 11. Ben White 12. Seb Pandia 13. Ben Shea 4. Sam Caslick 9. Jayden Connors 15. Huskie Teutau 16. Rowan Winterfield 19. Mitch Carpenter



Mackay Cutters got just their second win of the season last weekend in Ipswich, it still leaves them second last on the ladder, but now four points separates 3rd to 13th, so a good run of wins could easily see them back in the Top 6. Easier said than done, with an in form Redcliffe to visit this weekend, and the Cutters only have a 50% record at home in 2018. Redcliffe are on a nice run of form now with 4 wins in a row, having seen off heavyweights PNG Hunters and Townsville in recent weeks. This form has seen Redcliffe zoom into Premiership Market favourites as $5, taking over from the Bears despite one less win.

Last Year – Redcliffe 14 Mackay 6


Mackay Cutters

1. Yamba Bowie 2. Kurt Wiltshire 3. Nathan Saumalu 4. Blake Atherton 5. Johnny Faletagoa’i 6. Nicho Hynes 7. Jack Hickson 8. Sam Hoare 9. Jayden Hodges 10. Jordan Grant 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Lona Kaifoto 13. Thomas Murphy (c) 14. Jesse Dee 15. Darcy Cox 16. Bennett Leslie 17. Nicholas Brown 18. Jardine Bobongie 19. Leonati Feiloakitau-Fetuani

Redcliffe Dolphins

1. Tony Tumusa 2. Curtis Johnston 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Moses Pangai 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Joshua Fauid 7. Cameron Cullen (c) 8. James Taylor 9. Sheldon Pitama 10.  Sam Anderson 11. Toby Rudolf 12. Scott Schulte 13. Jamil Hopoate 14. Samson Graham 16. Tom Geraghty 15. Nathan Watts 17. Hugh Pratt 18. Aaron Whitchurch


SATURDAY 7:30pm – CENTRAL CAPRAS v NORTHERN PRIDE @ Alan McIndoe Park, Emerald

Emerald gets a taste of Intrust Super Cup this weekend as the Capras move one of their home games a few hundred kilometres down the Capricorn Highway. It is another game where both sides are coming off a loss last weekend, in fact both teams have lost their past two games. Central got the win in this game last season, and have been quite competitive at home in 2018, with two wins and some decent showing showings against Mackay and Burleigh. The Pride are the best defensive team in the competition after six rounds, one of only two sides to concede less than 100 points so far, but they are third last in points scored. Central Capras are below them in second last for attack, so it appears Saturday’s game will be a low scoring affair.

Last Year – Central 10 Pride 4


Central Queensland Capras

1. Zeik Foster 2. Junior Kirisome 3. Connor Broadhurst 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Jerry Key (c) 7. Blake Goodman 8. Bill Cullen 9. Aaron Teroi 10. Oliver Percy (c) 11. Dave Cowhan 12. Dave Taylor 13. Jamie Hill 14. Darcy Davey 15. Brad Lupi 16. Phil Nati 17. Aaron Flanagan 18. Tyson White 19. Luke George

Northern Pride

1. Gideon Gela-Mosby 2. Murray Taulagi 3. Brett Anderson 4. Javid Bowen 5. Enari Tuala 6. Todd Carney 7. Jake Clifford 8. William Bugden 9. Ryan Ghietti (c) 10. David Murphy 11. Tom Hancock 12. James Clark 13. Graham Clark 15. Darryn Schonig 16. Troy Kapea 17. Emry Pere 14. Jordan Biondi-Odo 18. Connor Jones 19. Aidan Day 20. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 21. Shawn Bowen



Tweed Heads got their breakthrough win last weekend in the Flockbuster against Wynnum, but beating the Tigers will be a tough ask. The Seagulls haven’t won too many at Piggabeen recently, and their record against the Tigers in Tweed Heads is particularly poor. Easts beat the Pride in Cairns last weekend in a low scoring match, and they will once again have Melbourne Storm temporary discard Brodie Croft at halfback. Easts got both of these games last year, but this may well be tighter, and a decent battle between two good looking backlines awaits.

Last Year – Tweed Heads 16 Easts 28  — Easts 44 Tweed Heads 4


Tweed Heads Seagulls

6. AJ Brimson 3. Ryland Jacobs 4. Brendan Elliot 5. Brayden McGrady 2. Kiah Cooper 1. Lindon McGrady 7. Eli Levido 8. Leilani Latu 9. Sam Meskell 12. Ryan Simpkins 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 10. Tristan Lumley 15. Maia Sands 16. Tony Matautia 13. Cheyne Whitelaw (C) 14. Rex Johnson 17. Moeaki Fotuaika 18. Hiale Roycroft 19. Shane Gillham

Easts Tigers

1. Joseph Bond 2. Linc Port 3. Kea Pere 4. Conor Carey 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Brayden Torpy 7. Brodie Croft 8. Ash Little 9. Chris Ostwald 10. Patrick Kaufusi 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Brett Greinke 13. Jack Svendsen 14. Jarred Tuite 15. Anton Iaria 16. Adam Crear 17. Harley Aiono



The Hunters really need to win this one at home. Their record on the road has been poor in 2018, but at least the effort was there last weekend against the Dolphins in Redcliffe, as they made life difficult for the home side for while. Given the Hunters can’t rely on the away from that helped them to a minor premiership, they need to get it done at home, easier said than done against a Magpies team coming off a big win over the Capras last weekend. The Hunters back five is barely recognisable, clearly showing the signs of a squad rebuilding, but they will be guided around the brother Boas, Ase is still one of the finest halves in the competition. Charlie Simon has moved from halves into hooker, and happily Willie Minoga moves into the second row, where he does his very best work.

Despite all the positives, the Hunters should be wary of the Magpies, they are the competition’s leading point scorers – more than 10 points a game on the Hunters so far in 2018. They also have the second best defensive record too. Two competition points will be very well earned here on Sunday, for the Magpies it will be their first win ever over the Hunters if they can do it.

Last Year – Souths Logan 20 Hunters 22  —  Hunters 12 Magpies 8


PNG Hunters

1. Edene Gebbie 2. Junior Rau 3. Wawa Paul 4. Butler Morris 5. Paul Bobby Jnr 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Enock Maki 9. Charlie Simon 10. Baundo Aba 11. Nixon Putt 12. Willie Minoga 13. Rahdly Brawa 14. Silas Gahuna 15. Mekenzie Yei 16. Patrick Morea 17. Adam Korave 18. Ila Alu 19. Dilbert Issac 20. Brendon Gotuno

Souths Logan Magpies

1. Corey Allan 2. Benaiah Bowie 3. Marion Seve 4. Scott Doyle 5. Paul Rokolati 6. Guy Hamilton 7. Sam Scarlett 8. George Fai 9. Travis Waddell 10. Sam Lavea 11. Simi Fatafehi 12. Brendon Gibb 13. Patrick Mago 14. Jordan Scott 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Daniel Tamou 15. Phil Dennis (c) 18. Dan Russell



The Blackhawks appears to getting back on track after a big win over Tweed Heads, and a tight win on the Sunshine Coast in consecutive weeks, so what better way to test your return to form than a visit of the competition leaders in Norths Devils. Alternatively, the Norths Devils have never beaten Townsville since 2015, despite a number of their games being very tight, so what better way to show your premiership credentials than to knock off one of the pre season fancies for the title and remain on top. On paper Townsville look to have the stronger side, but a look at the halves points to a Devils advantage, and Norths would hardly have looked better on paper than most of the sides they’ve played in 2018 and it is working out for them. Either way this should be a great contest.

Last Year – Townsville 12 Norths 6  —  Norths 16 Townsville 18


Townsville Blackhawks

1. Paul Byrnes 2. Jonathon Reuben 3. Shaun Hudson 4. Levi Dodd 5. Kalifa Faifai-Loa 6. Zach Clay 7. Jaelen Feeney 8. Francis Molo 9. Krys Freeman 10. Rod Griffin 11. Jake Marketo (c) 12. Andrew Davey 13. Joe Boyce 16. Temone Power 17. Cade Maloney 22. Sione Lousi 19. Brent Woolf

Norths Devils

1. Jack Ahearn 2. Paul Ulberg 3. Gary Riccardi 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Luke Pollock 6. Troy Dargan 7. Todd Murphy 8. John Palavi (c) 9. Mikaere Beattie 10. Oshae Tuiasau 11. Noovao-Mcgreal 12. Guy Williams 13. Michael Sio 14. Iain Riccardi 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 16. Carne Doyle-Manga 19. Calum Gahan


Week 7 Predictions

Brendan O’Farrell from Intrust Super and former Queensland Origin star Adrian Vowles join us for 2018.


BURLEIGH BEARS to beat Wynnum Seagulls

IPSWICH JETS to beat Sunshine Coast Falcons

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS to beat Mackay Cutters

NORTHERN PRIDE to beat Central Capras

EASTS TIGERS to beat Tweed Heads Seagulls





WYNNUM SEAGULLS to beat Burleigh Bears


REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS to beat Mackay Cutters

NORTHERN PRIDE to beat Central Capras

EASTS TIGERS to beat Tweed Heads Seagulls

PNG HUNTERS to beat Souths Logan Magpies



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