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ROUND 21 PREVIEW
EASTS TIGERS v SOUTHS LOGAN
Saturday, August 21 @ Langlands Park, 2pm* live on ABC TV
The Tigers' forward pack has been decimated for the clash against the competition front-runners. Regular starters Ben Vaeau, Matt McPhee and Daniel Fullarton are out, leaving experienced pair Cameron Durnford and James Stosic to carry much of the burden against a formidable Magpies outfit. A win here would secure back-to-back minor premierships for the Magpies if the Norths Devils go down to the red-hot Pride in Cairns. The minor premiership would be a major feather in the cap of first-year Queensland Cup coach Mark Beaumont, who has gelled a diverse squad of local and interstate-based NRL footballers into a powerful unit. The Magpies, who have won their last five games against Easts, enter the match on the back of a solid 36-22 win over the Comets. Michael Brophy and James Stuart scored doubles in that match and the exciting duo will again take their spots in the Magpies backline for the Langlands Park clash. Easts centre Paoa Faamita plays his 50th Queensland Cup match.
MACKAY CUTTERS v IPSWICH JETS
Saturday, August 21 @ Mackay Juniors, 5.30pm
After a frustrating draw against Tweed last weekend, Mackay must re-group quickly and focus on knocking over the unpredictable Jets in Saturday night's clash. A loss would all but end Mackay's hopes of figuring in its first Intrust Super Cup finals series. Ipswich is waging a battle of its own and must win to be a chance of avoiding the 2010 wooden-spoon. With Titans players Sam Tagataese, Esi Tonga and Aaron Cannings named in their 17, the Jets aren't lacking firepower. They also have tough utility Keiron Lander pencilled in for a return to the top grade. But Ipswich will have to improve drastically on its last-start effort against the Sunshine Coast if it is to trouble a desperate Cutters outfit. Mackay coach Paul Bramley has named an unchanged side with key dual registered players Grant Rovelli, Ben Harris and Isaak Ah Mau again with the Cowboys. But Bramley is quietly confident the predominately