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Round 19 (Wk 2) Intrust Super Cup Preview

Buoyed by a resounding win over top-of-the-table rivals Wynnum Manly Seagulls - the Dolphins will look to continue their charge toward the minor premiership.
Round 19 (Wk 2) Intrust Super Cup Preview
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Buoyed by a resounding win over top-of-the-table rivals Wynnum Manly Seagulls - the Dolphins will look to continue their charge toward the minor premiership.

Sunshine Coast Stadium, Saturday, August 4 - 3pm
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
Head to Head: Sunshine Coast 3 Ipswich 3 Drawn 1

Fresh from a confidence boosting win over the Northern Pride, the Sunshine Coast have received an added bonus with classy skipper Todd Murphy named to return from injury. Murphy slots back in at halfback with Justin Otto - who starred in the No. 7 jersey in the Sea Eagles' 21-18 win over the Pride - switching to five-eighth. The change sees the versatile Callum Klein moved from five-eighth to centre for the round 19 clash. The Sea Eagles are out of finals contention but they have the ability to take another big scalp at home. It is simply a must-win match for the Jets, who are locked in a fierce tussle for a finals berth. Ipswich welcomes back Lorenzo Maafu from a one week suspension that saw him miss his side's costly 20-20 draw with Souths Logan. On the milestone front, Ramon Filipine requires two more tries to equal Ipswich's Cup season record of 22 set by Donald Malone in 2008. Brendon Lindsay plays his 220th Cup game, passing Danny Burke as the competition's fourth most capped player. In an added incentive, the Sea Eagles and Jets will be playing for the Bartercard Cup. "We are really proud to be involved with Bartercard and have them as a long term major sponsor," Sea Eagles CEO Justin Veivers said. "The Jets are also supported by Bartercard so this has become a bit of a grudge match between offices."

The mystery punter says: Ipswich Jets by 8. Lorenzo Maafu's return is a huge boost for an Ipswich side which will have to work hard to overcome the dangerous Sea Eagles.

Browne Park, Saturday, August 4 - 7pm
Referee: Robert Gallacher
Head to Head: Burleigh 27 Central 4

The Capras will be aiming to leapfrog the Bears on the premiership table when they meet in Saturday night's round 19 match. Central coach John Harbin has already revealed his team's desire to finish ahead of the Bears, Souths Logan and Sunshine Coast by the season's end. Burleigh (10 points) is currently leading the "bottom four" but the Capras (9) are right on their heels. The Capras beat the Bears 25-22 in their first encounter this season at Browne Park. The Rockhampton venue will host the second installment, with the Bears agreeing to switch their home game to the Central Queensland ground. Burleigh is coming off their best performance of the season, a 32-12 victory over coastal rivals the Tweed Heads Seagulls. The win was the first for caretaker coach Carl Briggs, who will again look to halves Jordan Rankin and Todd Seymour to ignite his team's attack.

The mystery punter says: Burleigh Bears by 4. The Capras will be tough to beat at Browne Park but the Bears have a spring in their step after a last start win over Tweed Heads.

Bishop Park, Sunday, August 5 - 3pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
Head to Head: Redcliffe 23 Norths 10 Drawn 1

Buoyed by a resounding win over top-of-the-table rivals Wynnum Manly Seagulls - the Dolphins will look to continue their charge toward the minor premiership. Standing in their way this week however, is an enthusiastic Norths side who are sitting just outside the top five. In round 18, the Devils stole a 30-22 win over Easts Tigers in a high quality match that will give them a boost going into this tough game against the Dolphins. The game will be played at Bishop Park where the Devils have won their past six at home. The Dolphins have made minimal changes to their side which recorded a stunning win over Wynnum Manly, with Mitch Rivett taking the place of Aaron Whitchurch who has been named in the Brisbane Broncos line-up. Zach Strasser is down to play halfback but the versatile Luke Capewell is now likely to slot back into the Dolphins line-up. Norths too have Dunamis Lui moving up into the Broncos, while Jarrod Wallace and Jay Aston have not been named with Jamie Muller, Ryan Hansen and Jacob Samoa the new faces. Playing against his former team, Redcliffe flyer Joe Bond will rack up his 50th Cup game, while fellow back Liam Georgetown has drawn equal with Damian Richters as Redcliffe's highest season point scorer with 246 - Richters achieved the feat in 2002 and 2004.

The mystery punter says: Norths by 4. Possibly an upset - Norths seem to be gathering momentum and have plenty to play for, while Redcliffe are assured of a top two finish.

Virgin Australia Stadium, Sunday, August 5 - 3pm
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to Head: Souths-Logan 7 Mackay 2
With both teams coming off strong performances in round 18 - the Mackay Cutters and the Souths Logan Magpies will be upbeat about their chances going into this match. The Cutters fought off a valiant challenge from the CQ Capras to snatch a 24-20 win, while the Magpies managed to rein in a big deficit to come back and grab a 20-20 draw against the Jets at the North Ipswich Reserve. In the head-to-head stakes, the Magpies have a clear 7-2 advantage, with Souths Logan even dominating the Cutters in Mackay with a 4-1 record. This year however, Souths Logan has struggled to get results on the road, with their last win away from Davies Park coming in round four against the Northern Pride. Despite not playing last round, big forward Jason Taumalolo has again been named for the Cutters, with Chris Grevsmuhl returning to the North Queensland Cowboys Under 20s.

The mystery punter says: Mackay Cutters by 6. The plucky Magpies are edging closer to a win but they might have to wait another week.

Langlands Park, Sunday, August 5 - 3pm
Referee: Michael Wise
Head to Head: Tweed 11 Easts 9

This is shaping as one of the more important games of the round - with plenty riding on the result for both sides. With the fourth-placed Tweed Heads and the fifth-placed Easts Tigers in a tough fight to keep their place in the top five - every win from now until the end of the regular season counts. Tweed have the better of the Tigers in the head-to-head stakes and have won the past four encounters, including a 34-26 win in round eight earlier this year. Tweed fans are hoping that injured pair Beau Henry and Brad Davis will reunite in the halves but it remains to be seen when the key playmakers return. If he is selected to play on Sunday, forward Cody Nelson will play his 50th Cup game for the Seagulls in this important match. For the Tigers, Maeli Seve has been named to make his Intrust Super Cup debut for Easts following some strong performances in the FOGS A Grade, while Ryan Tongia has been named to make his return from a sternum problem on the wing.

The mystery punter says: Easts by 4. Home ground advantage will give the Tigers a lift in a game that should be played with the intensity of a finals match.

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