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QLD Cup preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 08 Jun 2007 18:56:00 GMT
NRL promotions, injuries, suspensions and even a trip to the greyhounds were a part of preparations for Round 13 of the Queensland Wizard Cup. Can the Central Comets win back-to-back on TV? Will leading try-scorer John Tamanika touch down in his return? Who is the player battling pneumonia?

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Pizzey Park, Saturday June 9, 2pm
Referee: Justin Eastwood
GRL Tip: Burleigh

Winners for the first time last week, the Central Comets have taken a hit, losing Mick Esdale for two weeks due to suspension. Scorer of two tries and man of the match in the club's 20-16 win against Souths Logan, Esdale received 299 points for a grade two dangerous throw and existing carry-over points, narrowly escaping three weeks on the sidelines. Steve Farrelly moves to lock and Todd Titmus slots into the second row. Yet another CQ youngster will make his debut, with 18-year-old Jeremy Halls included on the interchange. Burleigh is hoping to avoid a fifth straight defeat, which would be the club's worst ever run in the Wizard Cup. Plenty of talent is at the Bears' disposal, with Josh Graham, Clint Amos and Ryan Gundry all named to return. Kale Burton was players' player on debut last week.

BURLEIGH: 1.Nick Parfitt, 2.Trent Purdon, 3.Lelea Paea, 4.Jordan Atkins, 5.Aseri Laing, 6.Alex Glenn, 7.Ben Black, 8.James Griffiths, 9.Ryan Gundry ©, 10.Kale Burton, 11.Martin Griese, 12.Josh Graham, 13.Clint Amos. Interchange: 14.John Flint, 15.Wayne Phillis, 16.Stacey Katu, 17.Travis Simpson. Coach: Jimmy Lenihan.

CENTRAL: 1.Junior Auru, 2.Ray Gareett,3.Tyron Haynes, 4.Guy Williams, 5.Cody Gray, 6.Nat Bowman, 7.Yoren Major, 8.Wayne Barnett ©, 9.Pat Dall, 10.Luke Fatnowna, 11.Steve Farrelly, 12.John Bidgood, 13.Mick Esdale. Interchange: 14.James Munns, 15.Brent Williams, 16.Todd Titmus Coach: Steve Anderson

Langlands Park, Saturday June 9, 3pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
GRL Tip: Easts

Equal in third place, the Tigers and Jets are expected to play before a bumper crowd at Langlands Park, with a player reunion set to pique interest in an already intriguing rivalry. Both teams had wins last weekend, Easts defeating Wynnum Manly and Ipswich overcoming Burleigh. The competition's leading tryscorer John Tamanika is set to return on the wing for the Tigers after overcoming hamstring troubles, shunting David Tyrrell back to FOGS Cup. Ipswich has lost backrower Joel Reithmuller for one week after he took an early plea to a grade one dangerous throw. Scott Alo could take his place, returning from rib injury to take on his old club. The Jets had an unusual build-up to the match with a trip to the greyhounds on Tuesday. Coach Kevin Walters raced four Queensland dogs against assistant Glenn Lazarus's four from New South Wales and the Maroon pups placed 1-2-3. Winger Luke Walker also raced a dog in a handicap race that went to a photo finish. The canine won by a half-head.

EASTS: 1.Justin McKay, 2.Steve Beattie, 3.Wade Liddell, 4.Matt Lockyer ©, John Tamanika, 6.Luke Capewell, 7.Isaac Kaufman, 8.Sinave Faitala, 9.Trent Young, 10.Cameron Durnford, 11.Tom MacGougan, 12.Mark Cantoni, 13.Anthony Boyd Interchange: 14.Ben Laity, 15.Trent Henrick, 16.Abraham Sila, 17.Marcus Jensen. Coach: Michael Booth

IPSWICH: 1.Ben McFadgean, 2.Luke Walker, 3.Ricky Dodd, 4.Chris Walker, 5.Donald Malone, 6.Todd Riggs, 7.Ricky Bird, 8.Aaron Sweeney, 9.Michael Ryan, 10.Isaak Ah Mau, 11.Geoff Chalk, 12.Trevor Exton, 13.Danny Coburn © Interchange: 14.Matt Cameron, 15.Joel Reithmuller, 16.Mathew McPhee, 17.Josh Costello Coach: Kevin Walters.

Bishop Park, Saturday June 9, 3pm
Referee: Justin Davis
GRL Tip: Redcliffe

One of the competition's toughest defenders, Derricke Watkins, brings up 100 games in the Queensland Wizard Cup. Watkins has played with Aspley, Toowoomba and North Queensland. Many of the Aspley players will be on alert for opportunities in the NRL, with Wayne Bennett looking to lift Brisbane's lacklustre fortunes. Several of the players on both teams played together recently against Manly, with Redcliffe supplying Michael Roberts, Nick Emmett and Shane Perry, while Aspley provided Denan Kemp, Dave Taylor, Nick Kenny and John Te Reo. Dolphins stalwart Grant Flugge has been struck down with pneumonia and is still recovering, while Alwyn Simpson is yet to return from a severe abdominal strain.

ASPLEY: 1.Denan Kemp, 2.Rodney Davies, 3.Jason Moon, 4.Jamie Simpson, 5.Gideon Mzembe, 6.Ian Lacey, 7.Ben Green, 8.Dave Taylor, 9.Michael Green, 10.Nick Kenny, 11.Lachlan Morgan, 12.Derricke Watkins, 13.John Te Reo. Interchange: 14.Andrew Lomu, 15.Nathan Strudwick, 16.Troyden Edwards, 17.Brynjar Ragnarsson. Coach: Mark Gee.

REDCLIFFE: 1.Ryan Cullen, 2.Kaine Manihera, 3.Matt Harris, 4.Nick Emmett, 5.Rory Bromley, 6.Marty Turner, 7.Shane Perry, 8.Troy Lindsay, 9.Mick Roberts, 10.Nick Walker, 11.Mark Shipway, 12.Danny Burke, 13.Nathan Tutt Interchange: 14.Adam Starr, 15.Pat Gardner, 16.Palmer Wapau, 17.Shannon Fish. Coach: Anthony Griffin

BMD Kougari Oval, Sunday June 10, 3pm
Referee: Gavin MORRIS
GRL Tip: Norths

After two standout performances, mid-season signing Joe Clarke wins a starting berth at lock for Wynnum Manly, while Ben Czislowski is on the bench. Meanwhile, Norths is facing a test of depth due to the sudden departure of key forwards Matthew Bartlett and Ian Donnelly and the absence of several players due to NRL duty. Anthony Perkins has been one player who has impressed in the Devils' lean campaign to date, proving incredibly difficult to contain one-on-one. Normally a winger, he has been named at centre for Norths this week, but is also listed as a possible reserve for Melbourne. Matt Rua is another player included in both the Storm and Devils teams. In the corresponding match between these two teams last year Norths scored an amazing 52 consecutive points to come back and win 56-30.

WYNNUM: 1.Jim Ahmat, 2.Chris Currie, 3.Simon Phillips, 4.Paoa Faamita, 5.Bill Wyatt, 6.Chris Birch, 7.Denny Lambert, 8.Angus Martin, 9.Wade Bachmann, 10.Fili Sofa, 11.John Bruce, 12.Darren Bain, 13.Joe Clarke Interchange: 14.Ben Czislowski, 15.Luke Dal-Ziel-Don, 16.Kerry Smith, 17.Albert Talipeau Coach: Shane McNally

NORTHS: 1.Kieran Turner, 2.Georg Kepa, 3.Joel Thompson, 4.Anthony Perkins, 5.Logan Johnston, 6.Jason Poppi, 7.Liam Foran, 8.Brendan Afitu, 9.Marc Brentnall, 10.Ian Donnelly, 11.Matt Rua, 12.Aaron Bulow, 13.Willie Scanlan. Interchange: 14.Luke Samoa, 15.Aiden Tolman, 16. James Crombie, 17.Jay Aston Coach: Kevin Carmichael.

Davies Park, Sunday June 10, 3pm
Referee: Michael WISE
GRL Tip: North QLD

Still smarting after a tense loss to Central last week, Souths Logan must regroup to take on a Young Guns team which battered Aspley 26-8 in Round 12. The Magpies were beaten 40-0 by the Cowboys feeder team earlier this year and would love nothing more than to reverse the status quo on home soil. However they have lost the potent Scott Marks with a thumb injury. North Queensland loses Ben Vaeau to the NRL, but regains Mark Henry. In the milestone department, Souths Logan flyer Tyrone Coppedge is on the verge of joining the top five all-time tryscorers for the club in Wizard Cup. He has 19 tries to be one abreast of Ricky Dodd, Stan Fau and Brett Stevens, all tied on 20 tries for the Black-and-Whites. For North Queensland, forward Jimmy Andersen is set for his 50th Wizard Cup appearance.

SOUTHS LOGAN: 1.Dave Wood, 2.Quentin Laulo-Togagae, 3.Shaun Spring, 4.Kyle Lodge, 5.Tyrone Coppedge, 6.Phil Dennis, 7.Paul Rolls, 8.Dennis Conlon, 9.Cameron Joyce ©, 10.Kieran Whalley, 11.Darren Glase, 12.Tanu Wulf, 13.Brogan Gibson Interchange:14.Josh Griffith, 15.Chris McGuirk, 16.Tim Cannard, 17.Brenton Stonier. Coach: Jason Burnham
NORTH QLD: 1.Luke Hume, 2.Toshio Laiseni, 3.Mark Henry, 4.Brett Anderson, 5.Obe Geia, 6.Jackson Nicolau, 7.Shane Muspratt ©, 8.Greg Byrnes, 9.Col Wilkie, 10.John Frith, 11.Daniel Backo, 12.Jimmy Andersen, 13.Ben Lowe Interchange: 14.Ray Thompson, 15.Keiron Lander, 16.Ryan Bartlett, 17.Scott Smith. Coach: Matt Parish. - Read More, Here