It’s Rivalry time for the Intrust Super Cup Round 6, and there’s great match ups all down the coast.
Every game is a beauty, and with the rotten weather buggering off it is the perfect weekend to get out and see some local footy.
Not forgetting that Intrust Super Cup is your only way of seeing any rugby league in South East Queensland this year on a Sunday.
What is the best match up for Intrust Super Cup Round 6 Rivalry round? We’re biased and say Falcons v Hunters and Redcliffe v Wynnum, but arguments could be made for every game.
Below then is our quick preview of all that awaits in the Intrust Super Cup Round 6.
Intrust Super Cup Round 6 Preview of Games in 25 words or so.
Ipswich Jets v Easts Tigers at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, April 8 – 4pm
Easts Tigers on fire after beating Townsville and Redcliffe recently. Ipswich have lost four since starting the season with a big win over Tweed Heads.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v PNG Hunters at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, April 8 – 4.35pm
High quality clash on offer. Both sides have lost just once, the Hunters unbeaten in three away from home. The Falcons have the edge on the Hunters on the Sunshine Coast though. Hunters looking for revenge after being knocked out of the finals at home by Sunshine Coast last season.
Northern Pride v Townsville Blackhawks at Barlow Park on Saturday, April 8 – 5.30pm
A new but great rivalry that has gone with the Blackhawks since their inception. Townsville fell from 1st to 6th with a second consecutive loss last weekend. Can the Pride make it three in Cairns?
CQ Capras v Mackay Cutters at Browne Park on Saturday, April 8 – 6pm
Central Queensland sides have a lot in common over the past few weeks – sh!tloads of water. Hats off to the Capras and Qld Government for opening up the gates to all for free for the game at Browne Park. No better way to cheer up than with some Intrust Super Cup.
Burleigh Bears v Tweed Heads Seagulls at Pizzey Park on Sunday, April 9 – 1.40pm
The TV game sorts out the Gold Coast bragging rights. It will also leave at least one team with their first competition points of the year. Surely there won’t be a draw between two winless sides.
Souths Logan Magpies v Norths Devils at Davies Park on Sunday, April 9 – 3pm
Traditional Brisbane sides in a traditional Sunday afternoon timeslot at a traditional ground at Davies park. Tick, tick, tick. And both sides going well too. Norths on top of all.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Redcliffe Dolphins at BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, April 9 – 3pm
Bayside rivals face off at Kougari – Redcliffe have won two in a row and took this game at Wynnum last year. Wynnum have now lost two in a row.
Intrust Super Cup Round 6 BROADCAST GAMES
Sunshine Coast Falcons v PNG Hunters – QRL Live Stream – Saturday 6:05pm
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Burleigh Bears – Channel 9 – Sunday 1:30pm
Intrust Super Cup Round 6 BETTING / TIPPING
This weekends Odds
Ipswich $2.75 Easts $1.45 – Ipswich +6.5
Sunshine Coast $1.55 PNG Hunters $2.45 – PNG +4.5
Northern Pride $2.75 Townsville $1.45 – Pride +6.5
Central $2.15 Mackay $1.70 – Central +2.5
Burleigh $1.45 Tweed Heads $2.75 – Tweed Heads +6.5
Souths Logan $2.45 Norths $1.55 – Souths Logan +4.5
Wynnum $2.45 Redcliffe $1.55 – Wynnum +4.5
Odds courtesy of William Hill
Our “expert” selections.
Easts to win
PNG Hunters to win
Pride +6.5 start
Central to win
Burleigh to win
Souths Logan +4.5 start
Redcliffe to win
$1 multi “pays” $62
PNG HUNTERS CORNER
Here’s our preview of the weekend’s game we wrote for Nothing But League’s Match Centre.
Rivalry round hits the Sunshine Coast, and whilst some might question how the Falcons and Hunters can be rivals, one would only need to have seen some of their most recent clashes to know why.
First of all the PNG Hunters will be looking to get revenge on the Sunshine Coast side for having the audacity to beat the PNG side in Port Moresby, and on the occasion of their first Intrust Super Cup finals game. It was their first loss on PNG soil in over two years. And after the Falcons cheekily rested players the week before and lost by 30.
Whilst the Falcons went on to surprise many by getting within a game of the Grand Final, the Hunters were left to stew a third consecutive finals loss in two years and wait for next season.
Sunshine Coast actually have an excellent record against the Hunters, especially on the coast, as the Hunters have won just once there since their inception in 2014. That day in 2014 the Falcons came very close to upsetting PNG in a season where the Sunshine Coast just once. The Hunters have been thoroughly outplayed in the two subsequent visits.
Both sides arrive in great form, and this game should be a cracker. And happily for those who can’t make it, there’s a Live Stream available courtesy of the QRL Website.
The Falcons are on a run of three straight wins, the last being their first home win against Wynnum last weekend. The Hunters meanwhile have won all three of their away games so far in 2017, and that sounds a warning to the rest of the competition for 2017 as away form was their real weak point in 2016.
The Hunters were tremendous in their big win over Mackay last weekend, and happily for the Hunters fans they showed a little more of that devil may care flair for which they are famous for and loved.
WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR
The number 4’s. Of course Willie Minoga is always one to watch, and his conversion into a centre has been tremendous in 2017, and one of the reasons for their great start to the season. The other number 4 – Justin Olam – actually played alongside most of the Hunters in 2016. He moved to the Sunshine Coast for 2017 as part of Melbourne Storm’s recruitment. Olam isn’t far away from a taste of NRL, and his numbers in 2017 for the Falcons have been super.
Live Stream available for match at QRL website.
PNG Hunters Team Round 6 v Sunshine Coast
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. Rahdly Brawa 16. Enock Maki 17. Lawrence Tu’u 18. Muka Peter Kalu
Coach: Michael Marum
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