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Round 17 Intrust Super Cup Preview

Dolphins have decided to take all three grades to Kilcoy for the Country Week round this weekend and are getting in the spirit of things by conducting junior clinics at schools in the area in the lead-up to the Sun
Round 17 Intrust Super Cup Preview
by NRL

Dolphins have decided to take all three grades to Kilcoy for the Country Week round this weekend and are getting in the spirit of things by conducting junior clinics at schools in the area in the lead-up to the Sunday fixtures.

Blackwater, Saturday, July 14 - 2pm

Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
Head to Head: Ipswich 19 Central 10 Drawn 1

A danger game of sorts for Ipswich, the fifth-placed Jets will travel to Blackwater for a meeting with the unpredictable Central Queensland Capras. The Capras came close to upsetting the Northern Pride in Cairns last weekend and they'll be gunning for another big scalp before the season's end. Capras skipper Tim Glasby is free to take his place in the line-up after taking an early plea to a Grade 1 striking charge. The Melbourne Storm-bound prop scored a great solo try against the Pride last weekend and the Jets will need to muscle up when he runs the ball in Saturday's clash. For Ipswich, classy back-rower Kurtis Lingwoodock slots back into the 17 after the former Bronco missed his first game of the season last weekend. The Jets are coming off a strong 24-10 victory over Tweed Heads but they could drop out of the top five if they are beaten by the Capras.

The mystery punter says: Ipswich Jets by 6. It's hard to go past the Jets' recent run of winning form but they will need to be on their game against a Capras outfit which is good enough to notch another couple of wins before the season's end.

Mount Isa, Saturday, July 14 - 3pm

Referee: Nick Morel
Head to Head: Pride 8 Souths Logan 4

Southern Suburbs forward Brent Oosen will make his Intrust Super Cup debut for the Pride in their must win match at Mount Isa. Oosen is set to replace Luke Saunders for the round 17 clash that will also mark Ben Spina's 50th appearance for the Pride. All eyes will be on Cowboys contracted forward Cory Paterson and whether he can repeat his heroics against the Capras last weekend when he became just the fifth forward to score four tries in a Cup match. The seventh-placed Pride is four points adrift of fifth-placed Ipswich heading into this match. But if they get the points against the plucky Magpies and follow it up with a round 18 win over the Sunshine Coast, they will be in serious contention for a finals berth. Pride players will don commemorative "outback" jerseys for the clash. Souths Logan coach Mark Beaumont has switched regular five-eighth Ben Cronin to hooker as the Magpies search for their fourth win of the season.

The mystery punter says: Northern Pride by 8. Souths Logan have already upstaged the Pride once this year but the northerners are unlikely to be ambushed again in such an important game.

Darryl Bourke Oval (Moranbah), Saturday, July 14 - 7.30pm

Referee: Chris Butler
Head to Head: Tweed Heads 5 Mackay 3 Drawn 1

Tweed coach Ben Anderson returns to familiar surroundings when he takes his Seagulls outfit to Moranbah for this important clash with the Mackay Cutters. Anderson did his coaching apprenticeship with the Moranbah Miners before joining the Seagulls, the club he steered to last year's minor premiership. Despite Anderson's connection to the area, the Mackay Cutters are expected to have a big crowd in their corner for the round 17 clash. The Cutters are coming off a solid win over the Burleigh Bears and simply must win to keep their faint semi-final hopes alive. Former Canberra Raiders and Souths Logan speedster David Milne will play his 50th Cup match. Milne scored one of the Cutters' four tries last weekend and is starting to hit top form after knee problems mid-year.

The mystery punter says: Mackay Cutters by 4. Buoyed by a last start win over Burleigh, the Cutters have the ability to collect an even bigger scalp this weekend as they strive to keep their finals hopes alive.

* (live on Channel 9)
Langlands Park, Sunday, July 15 - 2.10pm

Referee: Peter Gough
Head to Head: Burleigh 21 Easts 12 Drawn 2

Home side the Tigers will head into this weekend's TV match against Burleigh without boom prop Mitch Garbutt. However, his loss is offset by the return of fellow front rower Liam McDonald. Garbutt left the field during last weekend's last-gasp loss to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls with a shoulder injury and will spend a few weeks on the sideline; while former Bear McDonald has recovered from a groin injury he suffered against Mackay and will come off the bench. In his 50th Cup appearance for Easts, Steven Thorpe has been named to start at prop alongside Kenny Bromwich, with the only other change to the side seeing utility Lance Morris come on to the interchange bench at the expense of hooker Geoff Holcombe. For the Bears - coach Paul Bramley will be without rake Beau Falloon who has been named to make his debut this weekend with the Gold Coast Titans NRL side. Sam Meskell will move to starting hooker while Anthony Don also returns to the side which had a tough loss on the road against the Mackay Cutters last weekend.

The mystery punter says: Easts Tigers by 10. Burleigh will again try hard but their inability to score points will come back to bite them.

BMD Kougari Oval, Sunday, July 15 - 3pm

Referee: Michael Wise
Head to Head: Norths 17 Wynnum Manly 13 Drawn 2

The only other game being played in the south-east this weekend, this match is shaping as a huge clash for both teams. Wynnum Manly are the benchmark team of the competition - while the Devils have impressed in recent outings and will be looking to test themselves against the Seagulls as they strive to push back into the top five. There will be a new-look backline for Wynnum Manly with Nat Barnes moving to fullback and Junior Togia coming on to the wing. Last weekend, Barnes scored his 101st try, becoming only the third player to reach that milestone. Talented forward Troyden Watene has also been added to the bench. While he hasn't been named - it is expected that Norths skipper Matt Smith will make his return from injury on the bench this weekend. Lachlan Maranta will start in the halves, with Jarrod Wallace returning as a starting prop. Namila Davui - who will line-up in the centres - will play this 100th Cup game, having previously played for Central Queensland.

The mystery punter says: Norths Devils by 6. The Devils have the potency in attack to worry the Seagulls, who might have their eyes on bigger things given they've got a huge derby game against Redcliffe on the horizon.

Yowie Park (Kilcoy), Sunday, July 15 - 3pm

Referee: Robert Gallacher
Head to Head: Sunshine Coast 4 Redcliffe 3

The Redcliffe Dolphins have decided to take all three grades to Kilcoy for the Country Week round this weekend and are getting in the spirit of things by conducting junior clinics at schools in the area in the lead-up to the Sunday fixtures. The Sea Eagles too will start the weekend with a promotional visit to the Woodford Pub and will also conduct a junior clinic on Saturday morning. Despite their lowly position on the ladder - this should be a good match-up between the rivals, with the Sunshine Coast springing a major upset the last time they met - running out 36-20 winners. In fact, Redcliffe have only beaten the Sunshine Coast once away from Dolphin Oval with a 10-6 victory at Kawana last year. Dolphins coach John Dixon (who has moved to outright seventh in number of Cup games coached with 107) has brought James Ackerman back into the top grade side in the place of the injured Adam Marr, who suffered concussion late in the match last week against Souths Logan. The Sunshine Coast have been struck with further injury woes - with promising star Dale Middleton out for at least a year after suffering a leg injury in his side's heavy loss to Norths Devils last weekend.

The mystery punter says: Redcliffe Dolphins by 16. The Dolphins should have too much class for the injury-hit Sea Eagles.

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