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Queensland Men of League Rivalry Round

Queensland's premier rugby league competition will this weekend recognise its origins with a number of classic match-ups in the inaugural Men of League Rivalry Round.
Queensland Men of League Rivalry Round
by NRL

Queensland's premier rugby league competition will this weekend recognise its origins with a number of classic match-ups in the inaugural Men of League Rivalry Round.

The spectacular round kicks off on Friday night in the league heartland of Mackay with the clash between the Cutters and Central Queensland Capras.

Two matches will follow on the Saturday before the purists in the south east will be salivating with the prospect of heading to one of three Sunday afternoon games.

The Channel 9 blockbuster between Intrust Super Cup heavyweights Wynnum Manly and the Redcliffe Dolphins at BMD Kougari Oval headlines the sizzling action.

Wynnum Manly officials have organised a bumper day of promotional activities through both the Men of League and the Surf Lifesaving Association.

Fans will get to see the Intrust Super Cup and the Herald Cup arrive via helicopter on the day.

And if that's not enough, Seagulls fans can purchase specially made supporter shirts in their quest to turn the famous Chook Pen into a sea of green.

"We have the most parochial supporters in the competition and to have them all dressed in these shirts will be a great boost for our players," said Seagulls CEO Scott Thornton.

The expected on-field fireworks at BMD Kougari Oval will be matched by the desperation and passion on display at Piggabeen when fierce rivals Tweed Heads clash with the Burleigh Bears.

The final Sunday afternoon match between Souths Logan and Ipswich at Davies Park should also be a beauty. Both clubs always seem to punch above their weight and supporters will be in for a treat if the latest Magpies-Jets instalment is anything like the memorable 2008 grand final battle.

Another two clubs with recent grand final history cross paths in the second of the Saturday matches when the Northern Pride host the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Barlow Park.

The two clubs - which met in the 2009 Cup grand final won by the Sunshine Coast - have notched early wins this year but need to snap a recent run of outs to get back in top five contention.

This match comes hot on the heels of the 3pm showdown between traditional Brisbane clubs Easts Tigers and Norths Devils at Langlands Park.

Intrust Super Cup general manager Jamie O'Connor urged league supporters to turn out in big numbers for the Rivalry Round weekend.

"It really is going to be a terrific round of top class rugby league," O'Connor said.

"There is a lot riding on the results of these games but it is equally important that we pause to recognise the fine traditions of our competing clubs and the passion and commitment displayed by the players, officials and supporters over many generations."

Men of League members who display their key ring will be given free entry into all Intrust Super Cup games. Membership forms will be available at each ground. See below for more information on the Men of League Foundation.

Round 7 - Men of League Rivalry Round

Friday, April 27
Mackay Cutters v CQ Capras 7:00pm Virgin Australia Stadium

Saturday, April 28
Easts Tigers v Norths Devils 3:00pm Langlands Park
Northern Pride v Sunshine Coast 5:30pm Barlow Park

Sunday, April 29
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Redcliffe Dolphins 2:10pm BMD Kougari * Channel 9
Souths Logan Magpies v Ipswich Jets 3:00pm Davies Park
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Burleigh Bears 3:00pm Piggabeen Sports


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