Thanks to QRL, here are the match previews for Round 10 of the Intrust Super Cup.
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TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS v CQ CAPRAS
Biloela Rugby League on Saturday, May 18 - 7pm
Referee: Robert Gallacher
Head to Head: Tweed 13 Central 6 Drawn 1
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The Central Queensland Capras will take added expectations into this weekend’s match in Biloela, following their stunning upset over the Northern Pride last weekend. Coach Jason Hetherington has called on his team to build on that impressive performance and will hope his side can refocus for this next match. Although technically a ‘home’ game for the Seagulls, there will be plenty of support for the Capras at the Biloela ground, which is hosting a Cup match for the third time. The CQ team lost to Burleigh there in 1998, but enjoyed more recent success in 2009 when they defeated the Norths Devils. Despite their loss against Ipswich last week, Tweed Heads have generally played better away from home this season. The Seagulls will also take a strong record against the Capras into the game, having claimed wins in their past four encounters. Both teams are mostly unchanged from the previous week, however Titan Ben Ridge reinjured his pec and will not play for the Seagulls with Ali Hajazi coming back into the side. Capras winger Marco Delapena will need to beat a dangerous throw charge at the judiciary tonight to take his place in the round 10 match.
QRL Media tips: CQ Capras by 6. The Capras are playing an exciting brand of rugby league at the moment, but they will need to be on guard against a Tweed Heads team which has not been far off the pace in their recent losses.
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This weekend’s traditional match-up sees two teams eager to build momentum following good wins last weekend. The teams sit neck-and-neck on the ladder in sixth (Easts) and seventh (Norths) with four wins to their name so far. Injuries, suspension and NRL call-ups have meant both coaches have been required to make changes for the Channel 9 match. Norths are poised to field a vastly different line-up this weekend with Lachlan Maranta, Jarrod Wallace and Scott Anderson all likely to move back into the Broncos team. Dunamis Lui suffered a (possible) medial ligament strain in his right knee in the Devils’ win against Redcliffe and has not been named in either side. For Easts, Brett Zgrajewski will move from the bench to start in place of the suspended Dane Hogan (striking – one match) with Adam Marr coming on to the bench. Norths have won five of the past six games played between these two sides, however Easts did win the match at Langlands Park last year 32-28. Matt Zgrajewski, who has been named on the bench for the Tigers, will play his 50th Cup game.
QRL Media tips: Norths Devils by 4. This is a game that really could go either way but we will tip Norths to back up from their solid display against the Dolphins with another win.
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Wynnum Manly Seagulls hooker Jake Granville is poised to make his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos tomorrow night. While his likely inclusion on the Broncos bench could make things that little bit tougher for Wynnum Manly on Sunday, no one would begrudge him the opportunity. Granville has set the Intrust Super Cup alight in recent seasons, playing a key role in Wynnum Manly’s 2011 and 2012 premiership victories. He was judged best on ground in the ’11 grand final win over Tweed and last year he starred for the XXXX Queensland Residents in their 20-14 win over NSW at Suncorp Stadium. The Rockhampton product has now played 82 games for the Seagulls in the Intrust Super Cup, scoring 37 tries. With the Pride in second spot and Wynnum Manly fourth, the winner of Sunday’s match could force their way into top spot by the end of round 10. The Pride’s chances will be boosted by the return of Robert Lui and Jason Roos. The Pride has won four of the past five games between these teams, with Wynnum’s only win in this period a 30-28 triumph at Kougari in 2011
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Souths Logan’s push for a top five berth has been given a huge boost with the inclusion of giant winger Ramon Filipine. The former Jets and Queensland Residents powerhouse made a surprise debut for the Magpies in their round eight win over Tweed two weeks ago. Filipine did originally sign with the Magpies at the start of the year but he was later released to play in Gladstone. However, the full circle is now complete and he is back with the Magpies who are well placed to stake their claim for a return to semi-final football. On Sunday, Mark Beaumont’s team will get to test their credentials against the competition leaders. Much like the Magpies, the Cutters have exceeded the expectations of some this season. Mackay moved into the competition lead last weekend after a come-from-behind win over Wynnum Manly. The Cutters now have the opportunity to equal their longest unbeaten run (six wins in 2008-09), although they have a draw in their current sequence.
QRL Media tips: Souths Logan Magpies by 8. This should be a tremendous contest but we’re leaning towards the Magpies. It will take a big effort for the Cutters to get themselves up after such an emotional victory over Wynnum last week.
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Fresh from a bye and with Titans players Anthony Don, Jamie Dowling and Mark Ioane set to return, the Bears having a lot going for them in this match. It’s essentially a must-win match for both teams, who sit at the bottom of the table. However, the competition is so tight that a win here could be the catalyst for a string of victories and a charge into the middle part of a congested table. Both clubs have lost a number of tight games in 2013 and rival coaches Carl Briggs (Burleigh) and Dave Cordwell (Sunshine Coast) will no doubt be looking for their playmakers to take control when the pressure is applied. The Sea Eagles came close to toppling the Easts Tigers last weekend, peeling off a number of spectacular tries that should have the Bears on notice going into this one. Burleigh has won three of the past four games between these two teams, although Sunshine Coast won the most recent clash 28-16 last year. The Sea Eagles have won only once at Pizzey Park, back in 2010 when Daly Cherry-Evans kicked a field goal in their 35-6 victory.
QRL Media tips: Burleigh Bears by 4. It probably is the last roll of the dice for the Bears, who really need to get a move on.