Queensland Cup
- Round 18 - Preview

As the business end of the season approaches Queensland Cup ?new boys? Tweed Seagulls are under the most pressure, just one point out of the top five and with a tough run ?home?, starting with Easts at Langlands Park this Saturday. The Tigers are coming off a good win over Wynnum at the daunting Kougari Oval.

Tweed (22) belted Wests 46 ?14 last weekend but the win was not enough to get them back into the five. The Seagulls run the gauntlet in the remaining rounds hoping for favourable results in other matches.

Burleigh (25) are on top of the ladder on percentages after beating Central Comets last weekend away at Browne Park, and the Bears host in-form Norths in this week?s ABC Television game. The Devils will be keen to erase the disappointment of their last TV appearance, a loss to the struggling Magpies outfit at Bishop Park.

Ipswich and Wynnum are also on 25 points with Ipswich having arguably the easiest game this round, against Central at Bendigo Bank Oval on Saturday night. Although the Comets have committed to upset some of their more fancied opposition in the latter stages of this season.

Wynnum must play Toowoomba at Suncorp Stadium in a curtain-raiser to the Broncos ? Manly NRL match and Wynnum?s players are hoping their fervent supporters will establish their own ?chook pen? at the old ?Lang Park?. Toowoomba are on 23 points but they are coming off a loss to Norths. Another defeat could see the Clydesdales slip out of a finals spot and considering the player talent available to the Club, this would be seen as less than satisfactory.

In a match with no bearing on the finals Wests play North Queensland at Rugby Park, Ayr on Saturday night. This is a home game for the Panthers but they have taken it to the bush in a promotion that is sure to be a hit in the Burdekin area.

In the only Sunday clash Redcliffe host Souths Logan at Dolphin Oval with Redcliffe (23) needing a win to keep Tweed at bay. The Magpies made the Dolphins work for the 2 competition points when they met in round 8, Redcliffe winning 34-18, and another close tussle is anticipated.