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Round seven of the Queensland Cup kicks off with the Ipswich - Souths Logan match at Bendigo Bank Oval on Friday night, with Ipswich looking to retain a share of third spot while the Magpies are chasing their first win.
Redcliffe host North Queensland at Dolphin Oval in the ABC television game at 2pm Saturday with third placed Redcliffe expecting a rugged contest from the ?Young Cowboys?. North Queensland have won only two matches but their for and against ? 98 to 108 tells the story of how unlucky they have been with the Young Guns defence rated number 2 in the competition behind only Burleigh (106 points).
Easts play Wynnum in a derby clash at 3pm on Saturday with Wynnum facing a tough task at Langlands Park to maintain first spot on the ladder. The Seagulls suffered their first loss last weekend against Tweed Heads at Piggabeen and although the Tigers had a good 28-24 win over Norths they suffered, losing skipper Scott Thorburn to a shoulder injury.
In the first of three night matches, at Pizzey Park (6pm) Burleigh, also just outside the five, host Central Comets who scored an upset 30-16 win over Toowoomba last week. The Bears have proven to be inconsistent in 2003, particularly at home recording only one win, and the Comets are anxious to continue this trend.
Toowoomba host Norths at Stadium Toowoomba at 6:15pm with the Clydesdales sitting just outside the top five and no doubt Toowoomba will be keen to erase the memory of last week?s loss. The Devils with only two wins will be looking to fire their season with a much needed victory.
Meanwhile ? at Gympie Wests will play their ?home? match against Tweed at Albert Park hoping to repeat a tremendous win against North Queensland at the same ground three years ago. A Tweed Heads win would see the famous Club maintain its position top of the Queensland Cup ladder in its debut year, a remarkable achievement.