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REDCLIFFE v TOOWOOMBA, Dolphin Oval, Saturday 2pm, August 27.

NO two teams have met as many times in the Queensland Cup as Redcliffe and Toowoomba. Over the past decade the Dolphins and Clydesdales have come head-to-head a record total of 24 times, a measure of their success and burgeoning rivalry.

The balance of power so far lies with Redcliffe, boasting 12 wins and a draw to Toowoomba?s 11 wins. Importantly however, in grand finals between the two clubs the Clydesdales have won two, while the Dolphins have won one.

This year the head-to-head record is 1-all, with the home side winning on both occasions. In the most recent encounter just a fortnight ago Toowoomba won comfortably 36-22. General consensus for this match though is that Redcliffe is favourite, with the Clydesdales beaten 44-0 by North Queensland last week.

Redcliffe backrower Grant Flugge will front the judiciary on Thursday morning to plead not guilty to a charge of dropping the knees. Flugge could be suspended for three games in the worst scenario.

The Dolphins have already been depleted, with Adam Starr and Jamie Russo not selected since being injured in the last stoush with Toowoomba. Duane O?Grady and Danny Green are back in the frame after missing the Round 22 clash against Norths.

Toowoomba will sweat on injuries to the Brisbane Broncos before finalising its team. Tame Tupou would be a strong chance of being added to the side along with Darren Mapp, while Neville Costigan, Sam Thaiday and Berrick Barnes are other possibilities. Stuart Kelly remains sidelined with groin troubles.

Rob Alexander has been named referee for Saturday afternoon?s televised game.

REDCLIFFE: Ryan Cullen, Phil Shilvock, Greg Bourke, Nick Emmett, Liam Georgetown, Wayne Bond, Shane Perry ?, Nick Walker, Mick Roberts, Troy Lindsay, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Danny Green. Interchange: Duane O?Grady, Shannon Fish, Matt Mapes, Damien Jentz.

TOOWOOMBA: Nick Parfitt, Tony Duggan, Steve Michaels, Michael Bond, Denan Kemp, Greg Eastwood, Ian Lacey, Nick Kenny, Michael Ryan, Anthony Seibold, Ian Blake, Derricke Watkins, Neale Wyatt. Interchange: Darren Ingram, Keiron Lander, Fletcher Holmes, Gideon Mzembe.

This article is courtesy of the QRL for more Queensland Wizard Cup information visit www.qrlcom.au