We almost didn’t bother with our preview of the Intrust Super Cup Round 15, but just because there’s only 3 games shouldn’t mean we don’t.
The NRL have ruined their competition during Origin time for years, and thankfully the QRL have avoided such a thing over the past years, but not this year as just the three games are on offer.
We say instead of having less games whilst the NRL is asleep there should have been more. Read our full thoughts from the Nothing But League Round 15 preview.
What a great decision it would have been to televise the game in PNG on a weekend where there’s stuff all NRL action. Talk about a point of interest for league fans.
Only good thing this weekend in the NRL is that a number of Intrust Super Cup players will get their chance to shine. And the only positive by product of the four games without origin stars is that it gives these ISC players a chance to shine. And proves there’s more talent out there for another team or two.
But enough of things we can’t change, it’s onto our preview of the Intrust Super Cup Round 15.
Intrust Super Cup Round 15 Match Previews in 25 Words or So
Townsville Blackhawks v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday – 4pm
The game of the weekend between two top 6 sides that seems to be going in opposite directions. Sunshine Coast on the charge to the top of the table, Townsville struggling to stay in touch. Have scrambled to draws against Mackay and Central in recent weeks, whereas the Falcons are unbeaten in six. Both sides supplying players for the NRL.
PNG Hunters v Tweeds Heads Seagulls at National Football Stadium on Saturday – 5pm
The Hunters just got home against the Magpies last weekend, with goal kicking the difference. Tweed Heads got smashed by the other Seagulls. So PNG in Port Moresby is any easier? Probably not.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Norths Devils at BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday – 1.40pm
Wynnum come into the game after a huge win over Tweed Heads, Norths were well beaten by Ipswich. But Norths had to contend with a big day out for Broncos’ outcast Ben Hunt. This week Norths have the big ex NRL halfback in Chris Sandow, and more importantly, ex Dolphin excitement machine Joe Bond makes his first Norths appearance.
Intrust Super Cup Round 15 BROADCAST GAMES
Sun 1:40pm – Channel 9 – Wynnum Seagulls v Norths Devils
Intrust Super Cup Round 15 BETTING / TIPPING
WHAT ARE THE ODDS FOR THIS WEEKEND
TOWNSVILLE $1.80 SUNSHINE COAST $2.00 – Sunshine Coast +1.5 start
PNG HUNTERS $1.22 TWEED HEADS $4.25 – Tweed Heads +12.5 start
WYNNUM $1.55 NORTHS $2.45 – Norths +4.5 start
THE GURGLER ROUND 15 SELECTIONS
SUNSHINE COAST to win
PNG HUNTERS -12.5 start
NORTHS to win
$1 multi pays $9
PNG HUNTERS CORNER
The PNG Hunters toughed it out last weekend against the very good Souths Logan Magpies who are proving tough to beat anywhere in this year’s competition.
Goal kicking proved the difference as the ever reliable Ase Boas landed 2/2 and Souths Logan missed both of theirs. The 4 points sees Ase Boas equal top of the point scoring charts for the 2017 Intrust Super Cup.
This week’s assignment against the Tweed Heads Seagulls looks much easier on paper, but the first v last clash isn’t always that clear. Tweed Heads beat Redcliffe last time they had to play a first placed team, so the Hunters should be wary.
Team news sees Willie Minoga moved back to the interchange bench from the centres. His place taken by Adex Wera, which nothing is lost in the centres, and there should be even more impact from the Hunters bench.
We’re still predicting an easy win and for the Hunters to cash in on the for and against.
THIS WEEK’S TEAM v TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS
1. Stargroth Amean 2. Bland Abavu 3. Israel Eliab 4. Adex Wera 5. Wawa Paul 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Nixon Putt 12. David Loko 13. Stanton Albert 14. Lawrence Tu’u 15. Willie Minoga 16. Enock Maki 17. Muka Peter Kalu 18. Brandy Peter 19. Karo Kauna Jr. 20. Noel Joel
Coach: Michael Marum
NOTHING BUT LEAGUE MATCH CENTRE
We contribute Match Reports and more to Nothing But League and they have an excellent Intrust Super Cup Match Centre which has full previews and reviews, and a ladder.
If you need to know more, head to the Nothing But League Intrust Super Cup Match Centre.