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PREVIEW - 2014 Intrust Super Cup Round 15
We're into Round 15 of the Intrust Super Cup competition - thanks to the QRL (www.qrl.com.au) get the full weekend preview plus tips from Triple M Brisbane's Ben "Dobbo" Dobbin.
All times listed below are AEST unless otherwise noted.
Redcliffe coach Troy Lindsay has made two changes to the side that suffered a close loss to the Pride last Sunday at Dolphin Oval. Caleb Hoffman and Tom Geraghty are the players that drop out of the 17, with Jared Cherry and new recruit Constantine Mika added for the tough trip to "The Graveyard". Mika, who joined the Dolphins last week on the recommendation of former North Queensland Cowboy Steve Southern, caught Lindsay's eye in Sunday's FOGS Cup match. Sitting in eighth spot on the ladder, this is a crucial game for a Dolphins team which went down to PNG 24-18 in their round 1 fixture at Redcliffe in March. Hunters coach Michael Marum will need to reshuffle his team following the suspensions of Timothy Lomai and Dion Aiye for dangerous throws. Aiye will miss two matches due to carry over points from a charge earlier in the season while Lomai will be available for the Hunters' next match against Mackay. The Hunters have won five of their six homes matches and will start as favourite, despite the loss of two key forwards.
Ben ‘Dobbo' Dobbin (Triple M) says: Garry Lo scored four meat pies at the fortress last weekend to send the Magpies home with their wings damaged. The Hunters have recorded two strong wins in a row and this weekend should get a third. Redcliffe have endured a tough season and last weekend's two point loss really hurt. PNG Hunters by 10.
IPSWICH JETS v BURLEIGH BEARS
North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, June 7 - 3pm
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to Head: Burleigh 18 Ipswich 14 Drawn 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #JETSvBEARS
Live call: www.phoenixradio.com.au
Ipswich Jets fullback Javarn White plays his 100th game in the Intrust Super Cup on Saturday. The livewire No. 1 scored a slashing long range try against Wynnum Manly last weekend and is approaching the form that saw him claim the Courier-Mail Medal with the Norths Devils in 2011. Ipswich enters this match with injury clouds hovering over some key personnel, including skipper Keiron Lander and Marmin Barba. It shapes as a testing afternoon for the Jets, who will meet a Burleigh team on the up following their gritty 24-22 victory over the Norths Devils last weekend. The Bears led by 12 points at half-time and scrambled well late in the second half to fend off the Devils' charge. Fullback Henare Wells and hooker Nafe Seluini were electric last week and again loom as the trump cards for Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan. In the first meeting of the two clubs earlier this year, the Bears produced a barnstorming finish to beat the Jets 36-28.
‘Dobbo' says: The Jets weren't too disappointed last weekend, as Wynnum played really well at home. Burleigh, under new coach "Disco Jimmy", are improving every week and have a fantastic side full of NRL talent. Watch out for Anthony Don (DON is good). He is a fantastic finisher and can find the line. This is going to be a great game. Ipswich Jets by 6.
Northern Pride halfback Sam Obst has been cleared to play in tomorrow night's match against the Sunshine Coast after being found not guilty of striking last night. Obst was charged following a second half incident in his team's two-point win over Redcliffe last weekend. But the former Dolphin was exonerated by the judiciary panel and will now be available for the Stockland Stadium clash. Obst has been instrumental in the Pride's surge to the top of the Intrust Super Cup table. The Pride has won six of their past seven games against the Sunshine Coast; and were comfortable 36-0 winners over the Falcons in round 1 this year. Pride co-captain Brett Anderson is a nursing a hamstring strain and will be rested from the round 15 match. For the Falcons, back-rower Jaz Nahu-Main plays his 50th game for the Sunshine Coast. It is also a milestone match for referee Robert Gallacher, who will control his 100th game in Intrust Super Cup.
‘Dobbo' says: This could be anything … top v bottom. It's going to be a tough game for the Sunshine Coast, but the Falcons are really putting in each week. Ben Spina is a fantastic leader for the Pride and he will again be pressing for Queensland Residents selection. Northern Pride by 16.
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS v MACKAY CUTTERS
BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday, June 7 - 6.30pm
Referee: Jarrod Cole
Head to Head: Wynnum 7 Mackay 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #WYNvMC
The Wynnum Manly Seagulls have a perfect seven from seven record at home at BMD Kougari Oval this year - a run of success they added to last weekend with their tight 26-20 victory over the Ipswich Jets. Their opponents this weekend the Mackay Cutters have struggled on the road so far this season and have only won one away game in seven attempts - a 34-28 win over the Central Queensland Capras in round 9. This weekend however, they will be buoyed by the fact they defeated the Seagulls in their match in Mackay in round 4 earlier this year, coming out on top with a close 12-4 result. Wynnum Manly coach Jon Buchanan has been able to name an unchanged side, with the only adjustment to last week's winning side seeing Jon Grieve starting with Graham Clark to the bench. For the Cutters - skipper Tyson Martin and forward Aleki Falepaini have both been sidelined by injuries. Outside back Liam Taylor has been named captain in his absence, while Niko Mataia and Josh Osborne will both come into the side for the injured players.
‘Dobbo' says: You've got to go with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls at home, especially with Jake Granville in such ominous form. The Gulls haven't lost at home this year and it's hard to see an inconsistent Mackay team getting over them here. Wynnum Manly Seagulls by 14.
* From 3.30pm, fans can listen to the "Inquisition", hosted by Bay FM's Sports Show's John Devine and Wynnum CEO Phil Reeves. It features around the ground live updates, reviews and previews of the four Saturdayfixtures. It also includes interviews with coaches and players along with insights from QRL media manager Michael Hillier and stats guru Brad Tallon.
The LIVE call of the Wynnum v Mackay game follows at 6.30pm. http://www.spreaker.com/user/
The Channel 9 cameras will head to Central Queensland this Sunday when the Capras host the improving Tigers. It will be a big game for the home skipper Gavin Hiscox who will play his 50th Cup match - all for the CQ side. Interestingly, both teams have struggled to win at Browne Park of late, with the Capras losing all five of their matches here this year - while the Tigers have had a longer drought and have not won at the ground since 2010. Rested from the bye - Capras coach Jason Hetherington has made two adjustments to his team, with Ha'ofanga Rabakewa coming in for Hughie Stanley and Mitchell Zornig returning from injury to replace Liam Pickersgill in the back row.
Easts will see the welcome return of Cody Walker, while Maeli Seve is the other new face on the wing. Jacob Fauid - who made his return to the competition last weekend - and Shane Neumann have not been named. While former Capras skipper Tim Glasby is set to take on his old side - the home fans will miss out on seeing another former player in Cameron Munster, with the fullback named in the Storm side to take on the Roosters.
‘Dobbo' says: TheTigers will recognise this as a bogey game. CQ will be tough at home but the Tigers are starting to get on a roll. I'm happy for Tigers playmaker Cody Walker, who is off to the Bunnies next year; and it's also great to see hard-man Mitch Garbutt playing well for the Storm. Can CQ win? Of course they can … look out they are coming after some Tigers. CQ Capras by 6.
The Devils will enter this game keen to wrest back their spot in the top five they relinquished to Tweed last weekend after suffering a two-point loss to Burleigh. Their high error rate cost them dearly; while the Gulls' win over the Falcons was their sixth success in a row. The victory also featured a strong return from injury by their co-captain James Wood who scored a try, making him the eighth player in Cup history to score 90 tries. While Tweed have been good on the road, winning four of their past five away games; the Devils have the stats on their side for this game, and have won the past four games between the sides, as well as four of their five home games this year. In team changes, BJ Munns comes in for Kainga Turner at centre, while Dean Sheppard comes on to the bench for Francis Molo in the Norths line-up. For Tweed, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Beau Henry return to the side from the Titans, with Ben Ridge and James Roberts (18th man) being named for the Gold Coast. This match will also mark the 100th Cup game for Devils skipper Brendon Gibb, who has previously played for Central Queensland.
‘Dobbo' says: Look out Norths, the Tweed are on a roll. The Seagulls are the quiet achievers of the Intrust Super Cup. Norths had a tough loss to Burleigh and need to get back to winning form or their top five prospects could be in jeopardy. This will be a great game … I'm on the Tweed bandwagon. Tweed Heads Seagulls by 12.
Souths Logan Magpies - bye