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Preview: Round 24 Intrust Super Cup

Round 24 Preview of the Queensland Intrust Super Cup.
Preview: Round 24 Intrust Super Cup
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Ipswich Jets v Burleigh Bears
North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, August 31 - 3pm
Referee: Tim Rutherford
Head to Head: Burleigh 17 Ipswich 13 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #JETSvBEARS


Before their season goes on the line at the North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, the Jets will be sweating on the outcome of a judiciary hearing tonight. Star centre Donald Malone is contesting a reckless high tackle charge which could put him out of the finals - should the Jets get that far. Ipswich must beat the Burleigh Bears at home to qualify for the finals for a third straight year under the coaching of Ben and Shane Walker. However, the Jets would have to keep a lid on any celebrations should they get a victory, as they could still miss a place in the five if Norths win by a big margin and join Easts and Wynnum in the winners’ circle. It is Old Boys day for the Jets and the Ipswich fans have their fingers crossed that experienced halfback Ian Lacey returns from injury for the crucial match. The Jets lost their way without the former Bronco last weekend, with the Redcliffe Dolphins going on to punish them 44-6. Meanwhile, the Bears blooded 18-year-old halfback Daniel Schwass and 19-year-old second rower Caleb Morehu last weekend. Both players have been named again this week by coach coach Carl Briggs who was impressed with their efforts.

QRL Media tips: Ipswich Jets by 6. The Burleigh Bears have the opportunity to spoil the Ipswich party here. However, the Jets have the ability and hunger to bounce back after little went their way last week.


Mackay Cutters v Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles
Virgin Australia Stadium on Saturday, August 31 - 6pm
Referee: Liam Kennedy
Head to Head: Mackay 8 Sunshine Coast 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #MCvSCSE


Classy Mackay Cutters fullback Liam Taylor requires 10 points to equal the club’s single season points scoring record of 154 held by Justin Hunt (2010). Taylor has been a standout for the Cutters this year and is the club’s nomination for the XXXX People’s Choice award. The final round clash is a tricky one of sorts for the Cutters, who have already stitched up second spot following last weekend’s 41-24 victory over Tweed Heads. In the back of their mind is the major semi-final against the third-placed qualifier in Mackay on Sunday week. The Sunshine Coast will also be determined to finish their season in a blaze of glory. Wins have been hard to come by for the young Sea Eagles outfit but they have never shirked the task at any point in the season. Prop forward Martin Cordwell is the club’s nominee for the XXXX People’s Choice award.

QRL Media tips: Mackay Cutters by 12. The Cutters should simply be too strong at home for the Sea Eagles.


Central Queensland Capras v Tweed Heads Seagulls
Browne Park on Saturday, August 31 - 6pm
Referee: Nick Morel
Head to Head: Tweed 14 Central 6 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #CQCvTHS


Tough Tweed Heads forward Jake Leary will play his 100th Cup game for Tweed in Saturday’s final round match in Rockhampton. Leary has been a consistent performer for the Seagulls, who were in the finals mix right up until last weekend’s loss to the Mackay Cutters. Tweed beat the Capras 18-14 in their first encounter earlier this season and have won seven of their past eight matches against the Central Queensland team. The Capras’ chances of finishing the year with their eighth victory of the season have been dealt a blow with five-eighth Brent Crisp (ankle) and centre Josh Benjamin (concussion) out of the team. With Crisp out of action, young gun Cameron Munster will move to five-eighth with Marco Delapena switching to fullback. The Capras’ new centre pairing will feature the versatile Brent Williams and Anthony Flores.

QRL Media tips: Tweed Heads Seagulls by 4. Injuries and suspension have hampered the Seagulls in the closing rounds but they can finish an encouraging season with a win against the Capras.


Northern Pride V Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Barlow Park on Saturday, August 31 - 6pm
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to Head: Pride 7 Wynnum 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #PRIDEvWYN


Pride coach Jason Demetriou has decided to rest captain Ty Williams for the game against Wynnum Manly after the centre re-aggravated a quad injury. Demetriou told The Cairns Post that while he would be right to play in the finals, it would be “pointless risking Williams in the last game of the regular season”. Second-rower Davin Crampton will come into the vacant centre spot with Ivanhoes player Tom Hancock handed his Intrust Super Cup debut for the Pride via the bench. The other change sees Ethan Lowe return to the side for Felise Kaufusi. Jon Buchanan - who was confirmed as Seagulls coach for the 2014 season late last week - has made one change to his team with Rogan Dean making way for the return of Jason Moon in what is essentially a must-win game. If they lose, they must rely on other results falling their way to be a chance of going for a premiership three-peat. In milestone news, Seagulls forward Tanu Wulf (Souths Logan/Burleigh) will play in his 100th Cup game; while skipper Luke Dalziel-Don requires one more try to equal the club’s record of 83 held by David Seage. If Pride concedes less than 14 points in this match, they will finish the regular season with the best defensive record in Cup history, eclipsing the Redcliffe team of 1996.

QRL Media tips: Wynnum Manly Seagulls by 6. The Pride will be the favourites with the punters but the Seagulls are virtually playing for their season here and should have the hunger to cause a boilover.


Easts Tigers v Souths Logan Magpies
Langlands Park on Sunday, September 1 - 2pm
* (Live on Channel 9)
Referee: Michael Gordon
Head to Head: Easts 23 Souths Logan 11
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #TIGESvSLM


Billed as the “return to Langlands”, the Easts Tigers are offering free entry to all spectators this weekend for their final round home game. While they appear to be sitting pretty in third spot - the Tigers can still miss out on a finals berth if they lose and a string of other results work against them. While their worst case scenario is unlikely to happen; the home side would still be aiming for a victory in front of their fans so they can take some winning momentum into the first week of the finals. Tigers coach Craig Ingebrigtsen has made one change to his side which was beaten by the Northern Pride last weekend, with forward Liam McDonald added to the bench in place of Tom MacGougan. For the Magpies; opposing coach Mark Beaumont welcomes back Rhys Jacks into the halves, with David Faamita coming in for Nick Doyle at centre. Tulson Caird is the other player to make way. Tigers’ five-eighth Cody Walker will hope his team can help him wrap up the Leading Point Scorers gong this weekend, with the talented half sitting on 149 points from 11 tries, 52 goals and one field goal.

QRL Media tips: Easts Tigers by 10. Their last home game of the season, the Tigers have plenty to play for and the firepower to make it happen.


Norths Devils v Redcliffe Dolphins
Bishop Park on Sunday, September 1 - 3pm
Referee: Michael Wise
Head to Head: Redcliffe 24 Norths 11 Drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #ISC #DEVILSvPHINS


In what is essentially a knock-out match with the winner ending the other team’s chances completely; both sides will be desperate to claim the two points in an attempt to secure a finals berth; something which looked unlikely only a few weeks ago. Both sides are surging at just the right time of the season and will be a handful to others if they do qualify. Redcliffe are coming off two stunning wins - 40-0 over Tweed Heads in round 22 and 44-6 over the Ipswich Jets last week - while the Devils posted a 28-10 win over Burleigh in their game last weekend, and have not lost since round 20. While both teams are hitting some form - the Dolphins have the far superior head-to-head record. Norths have only won one of the past six games between these two sides; the earlier game this year in round 9 where the Devils won 24-16. In team news, Jarrod Wallace and Lachlan Maranta are both out of the side, with Maranta expected to play on the wing for the Brisbane Broncos tomorrow night. Luke Samoa comes in for the Devils at five-eighth while James Sharkie comes on to the bench.

QRL Media tips: Redcliffe Dolphins by 8. Norths can trouble the Phins, but given their hot form in recent weeks - Redcliffe should be able to knock over the Devils.


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