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Round 16 Intrust Super Cup Preview

This weekend it is Mackay's turn to host their first ever live home TV game - with the Cutters playing the Burleigh Bears at Virgin Australia Stadium.
Round 16 Intrust Super Cup Preview
by NRL

This weekend it is Mackay's turn to host their first ever live home TV game - with the Cutters playing the Burleigh Bears at Virgin Australia Stadium.

Langlands Park, Saturday, July 7 - 3pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
Head to Head: Easts 17 Wynnum 14 Drawn 1

As many as six of Wynnum Manly's representative players could back up for the Seagulls in their derby clash against the Easts Tigers. The Wynnum Manly contingent appeared to get through last night's Residents match unscathed. The Tigers didn't supply a player to the Queensland team and it's a safe bet the Langlands Park club will be fired up to make a statement on Saturday. The Tigers are travelling well in fourth spot, and could move to as high as third with a round 16 win. There was nothing between the two teams in the first round, with Wynnum scrapping through for a thrilling 24-20 win in one of the best Intrust Super Cup games of the season. On the milestone front, Nat Barnes needs one more try to become the third player to score 100 Cup tries. The match will be Jon Grieve's 50th game in Wynnum colours.

The mystery punter says: Easts Tigers by 4. The Tigers have a point to prove, so if they can't get up for this one, they may as well give it away for the year.

North Ipswich Reserve, Saturday, July 7 - 3pm
Referee: Shane Spicer
Head to Head: Tweed 16 Ipswich 4

Ipswich meets their bogey team in a crucial round 16 match at the North Ipswich Reserve. The Tweed have won their last two games and have claimed six of their last seven encounters against the Jets. While the Seagulls have had a stranglehold on the Jets in recent times, an upset isn't out of the question. However, Jets coaches Shane and Ben Walker won't have the luxury of fielding their strongest outfit after star centre Donald Malone suffered a suspected hand fracture in last night's Residents match at Suncorp Stadium. The Seagulls will again be looking for a big effort from Titan Beau Henry, who produced one of his best games of the season last week against coastal rivals the Burleigh Bears. Henry has stepped up in the absence of the injured Brad Davis. For Ipswich, Brendon Lindsay needs four more points to make 100 for the season - he has achieved this feat twice before (2004 & 2011).

The mystery punter says: Tweed Heads by 8. The Jets are in winning form but they are yet to knock over a top four team this year. They also have a horrible record against the Seagulls.

Barlow Park, Saturday, July 7- 5.30pm
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
Head to Head: Pride 6 Central 4

The Northern Pride expects to welcome strike centre Brett Anderson back to the fold for Saturday's crucial clash with the Capras. Anderson has been struggling with osteitis pubis in recent weeks but is tipped to play against the Central Queensland team. The Pride desperately needs to put their best performance in after a number of below par matches. They have drifted four points out of the top five but with a favourably draw over the next three weeks, the northerners should be able to rocket back into contention. John Harbin's Capras team will be refreshed after the bye round last weekend. Central will take confidence out of their first round clash with the Pride, a stunning 28-18 victory at Browne Park. The Capras really rattled the Pride that night in a rare Thursday evening match and they can be further heartened by the fact they were the only team to beat the Pride in Cairns last year.

The mystery punter says:Northern Pride by 8. The Pride have a lot more to play for in terms of the semi-finals.

(live on Channel 9)
Virgin Australia Stadium, Sunday, July 8 - 2.10pm
Referee: Peter Gough
Head to Head: Mackay 5 Burleigh 4

This weekend it is Mackay's turn to host their first ever live home TV game - with the Cutters playing the Burleigh Bears at Virgin Australia Stadium. Both teams will be looking at this game as an opportunity to snap a recent run of poor form, with the Cutters having lost their last three at home while Burleigh have lost their past 10 away games. The Cutters have had the weekend off since losing to Easts Tigers in a game played before the Bulldogs v Melbourne Storm NRL clash, while Burleigh lost a tough derby game against Tweed Heads in their catch-up game last weekend. In their favour however, the Bears will welcome back Jordan Rankin in the halves, with the youngster to face off against experienced five-eighth Grant Rovelli - who guided the Queensland Residents side to a 20-14 win over NSW last night. Cutters winger Liam Taylor requires only six more points to equal Daniel Abraham as Mackay's leading Cup scorer. In other milestone news - Lewis Balcomb (Souths Logan/Mackay) will play his 100th Cup game with Michael Brophy (Souths Logan/Burleigh) turning out for his 50th.

The mystery punter says: Mackay Cutters by 6. The Mackay side had a weekend off to refresh, and with a big home crowd expected to cheer them on for their first live home TV game, the northern outfit should be hard to overcome.

Bishop Park, Sunday, July 8 - 3pm
Referee: Tim Rutherford
Head to Head: Norths 5 Sunshine Coast 2

Norths have won four of their past five games as well as their past three games at home, while the Sunshine Coast will be looking to break their long run of outs which has seen them lose their past 18 away games. When they last met earlier in the year - the Devils were too strong for the young Sea Eagles side - running away with a 42-12 victory. This season, the Sunshine Coast have not won since round four where they stunned the Redcliffe Dolphins with a 36-20 victory, while their most recent positive result was a 20-20 draw with the CQ Capras in round 12. The Devils have named Jarrod Wallace, Kurt Baptiste and Brendon Gibb to back up from the Residents game, while Mitchell Frei has also been named to make his return to the side. For the Sea Eagles, Kane Richards (concussion) and Martin Cordwell (knee) remain on the sidelines. Dale Middleton returns to the wing while James Boyce comes on to the bench.

The mystery punter says:Norths Devils by 12. The Sunshine Coast have struggled during their away games this season and a resurgent Norths should have the firepower to shut them down.

Davies Park, Sunday, July 8 - 3pm
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to Head: Redcliffe 23 Souths-Logan 8 Drawn 1

The last time these two teams met in round five - the Dolphins handed the Magpies a 70-18 drubbing. It was Redcliffe's second highest Cup score, surpassed only by their 88 points they scored against Logan in 2002. This year's leading try and point scorer Liam Georgetown crossed for three tries, while Luke Capewell and Joe Bond ran in for two tries each. While that sort of score is unlikely to happen again this time around, Redcliffe are the number one side in attack for a reason, and will be hard to shut down. The Dolphins have lost skipper Chris Farrell after the towering prop dislocated his elbow midway through the Residents match. Nick Slyney may yet play as the Brisbane Broncos have the bye this week. Powerful Souths forward Mat Pitman is also backing up from the Residents match while five-eighth Ben Cronin is back in the team following a two-match suspension. His return will provide a welcome boost to the Magpies who have struggled with their fifth tackle options when in attack.

The mystery punter says: Redcliffe by 14. It will be a similar pattern for the Magpies who will put on a good show for their home crowd, only to go down to their more experienced opposition.

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