With the NRL playing out its final 4 game round O rubbish, it is worth noting that for Queenslanders the Intrust Super Cup Round 18 is the only game in town.
There is no Broncos, Cowboys or Titans up this weekend, so there’s never been a better time to catch a local game.
Plenty to like about this weekend’s Intrust Super Cup Round 18 action too, as there are some important clashes coming up.
Ipswich Jets and Mackay are realistically the only two sides that can push for finals football, and both play top 6 sides this weekend. The Jets actually play the sixth placed team – Souths Logan Magpies – so a win will get them close and help the 8th placed Mackay Cutters who play 4th placed Easts Tigers. Mackay are 5 points off the finals, Ipswich four.
Then there’s the Sunshine Coast v Redcliffe game which sees the second v third. The rest of the games are up north in Cairns, Rockhampton and Port Moresby. Flights available from Brisbane for all, why not spoil yourself and get out of the cold.
Onto to the rest of our mini preview.
Intrust Super Cup Round 18 Match Previews in 25 Words or So
Easts Tigers v Mackay Cutters at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park on Saturday 3pm
Easts slotted a late field goal to down the Falcons in the last minute. 8th placed Mackay, who are on a 4 game unbeaten streak, are looking to stay in touch with top 6 with a win.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Redcliffe Dolphins at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday 4.30pm
Redcliffe overtook the Sunshine Coast last weekend to climb into second, the Falcons can steal it back this weekend. A quality 2nd v 3rd clash awaits.
Northern Pride v Norths Devils at Barlow Park on Saturday 5.30pm
Northern Pride have lost 6 in a row. The Devils has lost 7 in a row. The latter has caused the Norths coach to quit at year’s end.
CQ Capras v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Browne Park on Saturday 6pm
Central have lost 4 in a row, Wynnum have lost 2 in a row. Both were competitive against good opposition last weekend without winning.
Souths Logan Magpies v Ipswich Jets at Davies Park on Sunday 1.40pm
This game should be plenty entertaining, and the added bonus of virtually deciding Top 6 if Souths Logan win.
PNG Hunters v Burleigh Bears at National Football Stadium on Sunday, July 9 – 3pm
PNG welcome the premiers to Port Moresby. PNG’s home form hasn’t been great. It was only two weeks ago Burleigh belted Ipswich 44-0.
Intrust Super Cup Round 18 BROADCAST GAMES
Sat 2:45pm – TigersTV – Easts Tigers v Mackay Cutters
Sun 1:40pm – Channel 9 – Souths Logan Magpies v Ipswich Jets
Intrust Super Cup Round 18 BETTING / TIPPING
WHAT ARE THE ODDS FOR THIS WEEKEND?
EASTS $1.30 MACKAY $3.40 – MACKAY +8.5 START
SUNSHINE COAST $2.10 REDCLIFFE $1.70 – SUNSHINE COAST +2.5 START
PRIDE $1.90 NORTHS $1.85
CENTRAL $1.95 WYNNUM $1.80 – CENTRAL +1.5 START
SOUTHS LOGAN $1.70 IPSWICH $2.10 – IPSWICH +2.5 START
PNG HUNTERS $1.20 BURLEIGH $4.40 – BURLEIGH +12.5 START
THE GURGLER ROUND 18 SELECTIONS
Mackay +8.5 start v Tigers
Redcliffe to beat Sunshine Coast
Northern Pride to beat Norths
Central to beat Wynnum
Ipswich to Souths Logan
PNG Hunters to beat Burleigh
$1 for $30
PNG HUNTERS CORNER
Round 18 concludes in Port Moresby as the table topping PNG Hunters meet last year’s premiers Burleigh Bears.
The Hunters got home against Central last weekend after a late Stargroth Amean hat trick in the last 10 minutes blew out a scoreline that was tight for most of the game, and the Capras actually led in the second half.
Despite leading the competition the Hunters have had to tough it out in recent weeks, with a win over the lowly Northern Pride only being secured after the Hunters took the lead for the first time in the 72nd minute. Before that they were beaten by Tweed Heads at home and just got past Souths Logan 12-8.
The Hunters home form, which was previously impenetrable, has looked less so in 2017 against some of the lower sides. The trade off has been a vast improvement in away results, so as long as they keep winning it’s all good. But the full stadiums of 15,000+ and guaranteed home wins have gone, and it seems just that little bit harder at the National Football Stadium at the moment.
The form of Stargroth Amean should excite Hunters fans heading into this weekend, as should the return to form of Israel Eliab who has scored two good tries in consecutive weeks. Willie Minoga’s opening try against the Capras showed all the powerful running for which he has become one of the competition’s favourite players.
Burleigh’s two game winning streak was ended by Redcliffe last weekend, and a win in Port Moresby looks unlikely, but there was much to like about their 44-0 demolition two rounds ago in the TV game that should mean the Bears are not completely without hope. Tweed Heads have taken two points in Port Moresby with worse recent form.
The Bears have named a very strong side, featuring the recently returned Jamal Fogarty in the halves, and can even afford to name PNG International prop Luke Page on the bench. With the injury crisis easing at the Titans, Burleigh will start to get better players coming back from the NRL.
Previous 2017 Result – Burleigh 6 PNG Hunters 42
- Stargroth Amean 2. Bland Abavu 3. Israel Eliab 4. Willie Minoga 5. Wawa Paul 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. David Loko 12. Rahdly Brawa 13. Brandy Peter 14. Silas Gahuna 15. Stanton Albert 16. Nixon Putt 17. Butler Morris 18. Moses Meninga 19. Karo Kauna Jr 20. Adex Wera
Coach: Michael Marum