After a week of wild and wet weather up a large chunk of Queensland, it is nice timing that the Intrust Super Cup Round 5 is the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation round.
Most from areas affected by the weather will enjoy a rainbow after the gloom of Cyclone Debbie.
Zaidee’s Foundation is all about Organ and Tissue Donation, and is conjunction with the James Ackerman Trust, so a worthy cause for a round of the Intrust Super Cup.
Onto the action, and there are a great range of match ups this weekend, the highlights being Townsville v Easts, Mackay v PNG and Redcliffe v Ipswich. Happily all of those games are either televised or available via a Live Stream.
Below is our quick preview of all that awaits in the Intrust Super Cup Round 5.
Intrust Super Cup Round 5 Preview of Games in 25 words or so.
Townsville Blackhawks v Easts Tigers at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday – 4pm
High quality clash in Townsville. Easts need to break Townsville hoodoo, but Blackhawks did lose their first game last weekend.
Norths Devils v CQ Capras at Bishop Park on Saturday – 3.30pm
Central are going well with 2/4 but not as good as surprise packets Norths with 3/4 and a win PNG. Now with added Chris Sandow.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday 4.30pm
Falcons looking for a first home win after two great wins on the road in Cairns and Ipswich. Wynnum looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season against Mackay at home last weekend.
Northern Pride v Burleigh Bears at Barlow Park on Saturday 5.30pm
Two sides who badly need a win. Pride have one this far and Burleigh none. Bears can probably kiss finals goodbye if they don’t win.
Mackay Cutters v PNG Hunters at BB Print Stadium Mackay on Saturday, April 1 – 6.05pm
Two surprise results for these teams last weekend. Mackay surprised unbeaten Wynnum at home whilst the Hunters were shocked at home by Norths.
Redcliffe Dolphins v Ipswich Jets at Dolphin Oval on Sunday 1.40pm
Two teams with different fortunes in 2017 so far. The Dolphins threw down a marker with a dominant win over Townsville last weekend. Benji Marshall features at fullback. Ipswich will be looking out avoid a fourth straight loss.
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Souths Logan Magpies at Piggabeen Sports Complex on Sunday 2pm
Highly unlikely this game will go ahead give me the flooding in the area. If so should be a good game. Souths Logan looking to extend Tweeds winless season.
Intrust Super Cup Round 5 BROADCAST GAMES
Townsville Blackhawks v Easts Tigers – Tigers TV Live Stream – Saturday 4pm
Mackay Cutters v PNG Hunters – QRL Live Stream – Saturday 6:05pm
Redcliffe Dolphins v Ipswich Jets – Channel 9 – Sunday 12:30pm
Intrust Super Cup Round 5 BETTING / TIPPING
This weekends Odds
Norths $1.20 Central $4.25 – Central +12.5
Townsville $1.45 Easts $2.70 – Easts +6.5
Sunshine Coast $1.45 Wynnum $2.70 – Wynnum +6.5
Pride $1.45 Burleigh $2.70 – Burleigh +6.5
Mackay $2.40 PNG Hunters $1.55 – Mackay +4.5
Redcliffe $1.20 Ipswich $4.25 – Ipswich +12.5
Tweed Heads $4.00 Souths Logan $1.23 – Tweed Heads +10.5
Odds courtesy of William Hill
Our “expert” selections.
Norths to beat Central
Townsville -6.5 v Easts
Wynnum +6.5 v Sunshine Coast
Pride to beat Burleigh
Mackay +4.5 start
Redcliffe to beat Ipswich
Souths Logan to beat Tweed Heads
$1 multi “pays” $17
PNG HUNTERS CORNER
After being shocked at home by the surprise team of the early round – Norths Devils – the PNG Hunters head to Mackay to make amends for their first loss of the season.
There have been some changes made for this weekend’s clash, including a big backline reshuffle. Stargroth Amean and Bland Abavu swap positions from last weekend, and Watson Boas joins his brother Ase in the halves, moving Israel Eliab into the Centres. Karo Kauna Jnr comes on the wing in place of Wawa Paul who drops to the bench. Nixon Putt comes into the starting pack, and a matter of wait and see for any further changes between the forward pack and the bench.
The loss last weekend was the worst thing in the world, but with the ladder so tight after 4 rounds, a second loss would be best avoided, but that is easier said than done against Mackay. Mackay are coming off a surprise win at Wynnum last weekend, as the Cutters ruined the Seagulls unbeaten start to the year.
With the recent announcement of the upcoming Pacific Test v Cook Islands in an all new Triple Header, Hunters players will need to start impressing if they are to be included in the memorable event.
1. Bland Abavu 2. Stargroth Amean 3. Israel Eliab 4. Willie Minoga 5. Karo Kauna Jr 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Henry Wan 9. Silas Gahuna 10. Esau Siune 11. Nixon Putt 12. Moses Meninga 13. Stanton Albert 14. Noel Joel 15. Enock Maki 16. Ishamel Baikawa 17. Rahdly Brawa 18. William Aquila 19. Wawa Paul 20. Butler Morris
Coach: Michael Marum
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