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NORTHS v REDCLIFFE
Bishop Park, Saturday April 15, 2.00pm
Referee: Brett Suttor
The first live telecast of the year presents an intriguing match-up between competition leaders Redcliffe and likely finalists Norths. The playing field has been levelled by the absence of Dolphins playmaker and former QANTAS Player of the Year Shane Perry.
Greg Bourke is now just 40 points adrift of Damian Richters? all-time Queensland Wizard Cup scoring record of 1030 career points. Bourke averages 13 points per game so far in 2006.
Leaders of the pack Dennis Scott and Troy Lindsay have plenty of reason to smile heading into the match. Boasting 130 NRL games to his name, Scott escaped the ire of the judiciary after being placed on report for striking last week. Meanwhile Lindsay celebrated his 33rd birthday on Tuesday after returning from knee injury in Round 5.
NORTHS ? In: Josh Tatupu, Trent Henrick, Troy Hansen, Brenton Stonier, Nathan Turner. Out: Smith Samau, James Aubusson, Colin Wilkie, Jeremy Smith, Adam Blair, Nathan Friend.
In: Adam Starr, Daniel Jones. Out: Shane Perry, Damian Jentz
Colin Wilkie (Grade 1 Careless High Tackle, Early Plea + 56 carry-over pts, 1 wk + 31 carry-over pts)
Chris Fox (Grade 1 kicking, Not Guilty, 0wks).