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Queensland Cup - Round 4-Preview

THE ?grand final rematch? between premiers, Redcliffe Dolphins and Ipswich Jets at Dolphin Oval on Sunday is the undoubted highlight of round four of the Queensland Cup. Redcliffe were convincing 34 ? 10 winners over the Jets at the same venue last year with the capacity of the ground tested on a perfect spring day. No one is suggesting this clash will draw a full house but there is sure to be a healthy attendance particularly as Queensland State of Origin legend, Trevor Gillmeister has taken the coaching reins at Ipswich and the side has strengthened considerably in the forwards. Both teams are undefeated having two wins and a draw to their credit, with Ipswich coming off a big win over the previously undefeated Tweed Seagulls and Redcliffe emerging victorious in a tough clash with Burleigh Bears at Miami. This is not an easy game to pick, although Redcliffe will start favourites because of their home ground advantage. The round begins with the Wests Panthers v Burleigh match at Purtell Park, the ABC Televised clash. Wests will be out to show their thrashing at the hands of Toowoomba last Saturday was a one off, and let?s face it, the Toowoomba side had a touch of NRL and State of Origin experience with Carl Webb scoring four tries. Burleigh consider themselves under achievers after one draw and two losses from three starts, and they are looking to get back on track against Wests so it still could be another tough day at the office for the Panthers. North Queensland Young Guns and Toowoomba Clydesdales play the curtain-raiser to Saturday night?s NRL clash in Townsville with the Young Guns having won two and lost one while Toowoomba have won one, drawn one and lost one. The Young Guns will be looking to get the night off on the right foot and to show the locals the club?s up and comers are just as impressive as the ?baby? Broncos. In what shapes as a big Saturday night clash in Rockhampton, the Central Comets host competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls and this match could be the making of the Comets. They are capable of a win and if they get the points there will be no stopping them. On Sunday Souths Logan Magpies host Easts Tigers at Davies Park and if the Magpies can maintain intensity for 80 minutes they could have their first win of the year. The Magpies have led at half-time in all three matches and they obviously have talent even though the side had a less than ideal off-season. Magpies supporters need to be patient and if they are, there will be good times ahead. Tweed Seagulls play their first home match at their Piggabeen complex to the west of Tweed Heads and Norths have the tough task of travelling south of the border. Norths have been hard hit by Melbourne Storm commitments, with players called up to help the NRL club as it struggles with an incredible injury list. But the Devils will not use that as an excuse because their depth is impressive. It promises to be another exciting weekend in the Queensland Cup.

Queensland Cup - Round 5-Preview

AFTER four rounds of the 2003 Queensland Cup, new team Tweed Heads Seagulls are clear third on the premiership ladder and they must be considered semi-final chances. Before the premiership kicked off most people predicted a mid-table finish at best for Tweed and even some Seagulls officials claimed to be flattered at those assessments. But this team, under the coaching of Peter Crannage, has to be more than respected ? feared might be the word. Seagulls are used to success in the Gold Coast Group 18 competition and they are not about to be failures in this Queensland statewide competition. This Saturday they feature in their first ABC televised clash when they meet premiers, Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval. Many people on the Tweed and Gold Coast receive New South Wales and Queensland ABC telecasts, and you can bet most league followers will be tuned in to the Queensland version. Redcliffe are second on the premiership ladder, one point behind bayside rivals, Wynnum Seagulls who are also leading the club championship thanks to the effort of their A grade and colts teams in the Mixwell Cup. Wynnum hosts Norths Devils at Kougari Oval on Sunday with Norths coming off a 16-4 loss to Tweed. Norths share sixth spot with Easts Tigers and North Queensland Young Guns on four points. Easts host the Central Comets at Langlands Park on Saturday with the Comets chasing their second win of the season. With a fanatical home town following Central had hoped to win both their home matches in the first four rounds, but alas, this was not to be. The Young Guns play Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park, Miami on Saturday night and this promises to be a quality match. In the other Saturday night clash Ipswich Jets play Wests Panthers at Bendigo Bank Oval. The Jets put it to Redcliffe last Sunday and the final scoreline did not tell the story of what a tough game of football it was, and Ipswich could easily have left the peninsula with the two points. On Sunday at ANZ Stadium Toowoomba Clydesdales play Souths Logan Magpies in the main curtain-raiser to the NRL clash between Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors. Broncos contracted player, Scott Prince will make his comeback from injury for feeder team Toowoomba, who should win this match easily. Fourth placed Toowoomba has the best attack in the competition, but its defence is inferior to eight other teams.

Queensland Cup - Round 4-Review

WESTS Panthers displayed a lot of courage but in the end the Burleigh Bears proved too big to contain running out 58-14 winners in the ABC Television clash at Purtell Park. The scores were locked at 4 all following early tries to opposing centres Nick Shaw and Alfred Songoro but the Bears then raced in four further tries to lead 24-4 at half-time. A strong try to young Panthers prop forward Isaac Ah Mau early in the second term and a double to Songoro saw Wests trailing only 36-14 after 60 minutes of the match. Unfortunately fatigue was again a factor for the young Panthers with Burleigh adding four more tries to win comfortably. Big second rower Chris Nahi and Shaw notching doubles for the Bears. Skipper Adam Hayden capped a sparkling display in attack and defence to be named QRL man of the match.

Queensland Rugby League-Rd 3 Review

NORTH Queensland held on for a good win 21-14 over Easts at Langlands Park in the ABC Television clash. After a scrappy start by both teams it was Young Guns hooker and captain Paul Dezolt who darted over from dummy half to open the scoring. A few minutes later big centre Luke Cross crashed over for a try and then side-stepping run by five eight Michael Meigan led to a try to fullback Daniel Sorbello for a 16-0 advantage after 21 minutes.

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