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Preview: 2013 Intrust Super Cup Grand Final

The time is upon the Easts Tigers and Mackay Cutters to see who will come out of this Sunday’s grand final decider as the champion team of 2013.
Preview: 2013 Intrust Super Cup Grand Final
by rleague.com

By Colleen Edwards
www.qrl.com.au

Easts Tigers v Mackay Cutters
North Ipswich Reserve on Sunday, September 29 - 3.50pm
Broadcast: Live on Channel 9 and ABC Radio Grandstand
Livestream: http://www.qrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=live-stream (includes Colts & FOGS Cup)
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
Head to Head: Easts Tigers 7, Mackay Cutters 6

Head-to-Head Finals: Easts Tigers 1, Mackay Cutters 0
CUP Grand Final Experience: Easts: Played 2 Won 0; Mackay: Played 0

Twitter: #intrustsupercup #CUPGF #TIGESvMC #tigerland #carnthecutters

The time is upon the Easts Tigers and Mackay Cutters to see who will come out of this Sunday’s grand final decider as the champion team of 2013. Whoever wins will be the 9th different premier in 10 years - with only Wynnum Manly (2011-2012) able to win back-to-back titles since Redcliffe in 2002-2003.

Mackay - who are playing in their first ever Cup final - will hope their winning momentum can see them claim the silverware in their first attempt. Easts however, will hope it is third time lucky for them after losing their two previous grand final deciders.

As a former a high-performance manager with the Melbourne Storm (who have a feeder club relationship with Easts); Cutters mentor Kim Williams has seen a number of his team’s opposition up close and is happy to use his knowledge against them. “(Mahe Fonua and Ben Hampton) are real keys for them, Fonua in particular,” he told Mackay’s Daily Mercury. “I know enough about them to know their strengths and weaknesses, so we'll try to exploit the weaknesses where we can, and we'll have to try to minimise the impact of their strengths.” Williams has named an extended bench, with big forward Jason Schirnack expected to be included in the final 17 after serving a two match suspension.

The match will be David Milne’s last game with the club with the winger to play his 41st game for Mackay and his 75th Cup game overall. Easts skipper Steven Thorpe - who won the Colts title with the Tigers in 2009 - has singled out North Queensland Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo as a player they must stop. “With a bloke that size, if you let him get his confidence up early and you let him run the ball he could do some damage,” Thorpe told the Tigers website. “Mackay’s very good up the middle and then they shift (the ball) well.” Easts coach Craig Ingebrigtsen has boosted his forwards for the match with Dane Hogan, Lagi Seti and Liam McDonald added to the side.

Easts Tigers: 1. Ben Hampton 2. Maeli Seve 3. Junior Sa'u 4. Shane Neumann 5. Mahe Fonua 6. Cody Walker 7. Grant Giess 8. Steven Thorpe (c) 9. Tom Butterfield 10. Mitch Garbutt 11. Tim Glasby 12. Dane Hogan 13. Lagi Setu 14. Liam McDonald 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Leon Panapa 17. Isaac Kaufmann

Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen

Mackay Cutters: 1. Liam Taylor 2. Bureta Faraimo 3. Michael Koko 4. Kalifa Faifai Loa 5. David Milne 6. Dan Murphy 7. Matt Minto 8. Tyson Andrews 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Sam Hoare 11. Dean Webster 12. Chris Gesch 13. Jardine Bobongie (c) 15. Michael Morgan 16. Karl Davies 17. Jason Taumalolo 18. Kelvin Nielsen 19. Pulou Vaituutuu 20. Jason Schirnack 21. Matt Constantinou

Coach: Kim Williams


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