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QLD Cup Preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 30 Jun 2007 09:47:00 GMT
WHICH Queensland Wizard Cup club has topped up with three new signings? Who is going to be missing on XXXX Residents duty and who needs a win in Round 15 to keep in touch?

Venue: Langlands Park,
Date: Saturday June 30th, 2:00pm
Referee: Justin Davis
GRL Tip: North QLD

AFTER playing at last weekend’s QRL Divisional Carnival, local junior Steve Kruger will make his debut for the Tigers off the bench. Capable of playing both front and second row, the 22-year-old is in the long-term plans of the club. Easts coach Michael Booth is persevering with rugged Justin McKay at halfback, after showing good signs in his first few outings. McKay has played just about every position on the park, most recently serving as a fullback. Officials are hoping for a strong contingent of former North Queenslanders to attend the game, with competition leaders the Young Guns coming to town. The Guns have been forced to cover for the loss of skipper Shane Muspratt, who will next week captain Queensland Residents at Suncorp Stadium. Mark Henry comes into the halves instead

Easts Tigers: 1.Justin McKay, 2. Steve Beattie,, 3. Wade Liddell, 4.Matt Lockyer, 5.John Tamanika, 6.Luke Capewell, 7. Isaac Kaufmann, 8.Sinave Faitala, 9.Trent Young, 10. Cameron Durnford, 11.Tom MacGougan, 12.Mark Cantoni, 13.Anthony Boyd. Interchange: 14.Ben Laity, 15.Kev Stephensen, 16.Abraham Sila, 17.Marcus Jensen. Coach: Michael Booth

NQLD: 1.Luke Hume, 2.Toshio Laiseni, 3.Mark Henry, 4. Brett Anderson, 5.Neil Sweeney, 6.Jackson Nicolau, 7.Shane Muspratt ©, 8.Ben Vaeau, 9.Scott Smith, 10.John Frith, 11.Daniel Backo, 12.Scott Bolton, 13.Sam Faust Interchange: 14.Col Wilkie, 15.Ben Lowe, 16.Jimmy Andersen, 17.Greg Byrnes. Coach: Matt Parish.

Venue: Carrara Stadium
Date: Saturday June 30th, 3:20pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
GRL Tip: Ipswich

IPSWICH has had plenty of reason to boast about its depth this year, but will now have to show why as the Jets cover the loss of captain Danny Coburn and key players Chris Walker and Isaak Ah Mau due to Residents duty. Victorian-raised winger Walter Imo gets his chance, while Joel Reithmuller receives a very rare opportunity to wear his captain’s number 13 jersey. Coburn is currently stranded in limbo on 199 Wizard Cup games and will have to wait until Wynnum Manly in Round 16 to bring up the double hundred. Tweed Heads is facing the grim prospect of playing out the year minus Andrew Moroney. Moroney suffered a ruptured patella tendon in the XXXX City Country match – the same injury suffered by Antonio Kaufusi in Origin I. Tweed remains unbeaten since late April.

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. Joel Reithmuller, 15.Mathew McPhee, 16.Scott Alo, 17.Josh Costello. Coach: Kevin Walters

Tweed Heads: 1.Shannon Walker, 2.Nathanael Barnes, 3.David Myles, 4.James Wood, 5.Josh Vaughan, 6.Brad Davis, 7.Tim Maccan, 8.Roy Friend, 9.Mathew King, 10.Chris Enaharo, 11.Andrew Moroney ©, 12.Selasi Berdie, 13.Mathew Pow. Interchange: 14.Chris Farrell, 15.Michael Hodgson, 16.Luke O’Dwyer, 17.Will Mathews Coach: Troy McCarthy
CENTRAL has beaten the June 30 deadline with a number of handy signings, most notably Kam Wilkinson from the North Queensland Young Guns. Buried beneath the depth of hookers at the Cowboys, Wilkinson is tipped to start for the Comets straight away, shifting Mick Esdale to lock. From Longreach and the cousin of Marc Fickling, Wilkinson previously captained St Brendan’s Yeppoon to the Confraternity Shield title alongside Jamie Simpson. The other signings for the Comets are former Melbourne Storm prospect Russell Webber and local boy Willie Munns. Norths were rattled in a fortunate 24-18 win against Central earlier in the year but are this time boosted by Melbourne receiving the bye in the NRL. Sam Tagataese, Scott Anderson, Matt Rua and Garrett Crossman have been named.

Venue: Browne Park
Date: Saturday June 30th, 7:30pm
Referee: Justin Eastwood
GRL Tip: Norths

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

Norths: 1.Kieran Turner, 2.George Kepa, 3.Joel Thompson, 4.William Chambers, 5.Anthony Perkins, 6.Jason Poppi, 7.Liam Foran, 8.Willie Scanlan, 9.Marc Brentnall ©, 10.Scott Anderson, 11.Sika Manu, 12.Aaron Bulow, 13.Matt Rua. Interchange: 14.Troy O’Shea, 15.Aiden Tolman, 16.Brendan Afitu, 17.Aaron Morgan, Coach: Kevin Carmichael

Venue: Pizzey Park
Date: Sunday July 1st, 3:00pm
Referee: Michael Wise
GRL Tip: Redcliffe

CRUNCH time arrives for Burleigh, now five points outside the top five and missing Ben Black, Leigh Coghill, Nick Parfitt, Jordan Atkins and Martin Griese due to Residents duty. The competitive history between Burleigh and Redcliffe ensures this game will be eagerly contested regardless. Both clubs could lay claim to being the strongest non-NRL clubs in Queensland over the last decade. Redcliffe will also be without a couple of key men in Michael Roberts, Shane Perry, Danny Burke and Nick Emmett because of representative selections and have recalled Matt Seamark to halfback in response. The first meeting between these two teams in Round Four caused quite the stir, as Redcliffe won 16-14. Burleigh missed a conversion attempt by inches after the siren and were left debating a number of decisions that went against them over the course of the game. Referee Robert Gallacher makes his debut in this game.

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

Redcliffe: 1.Ryan Cullen, 2.Alwyn Simpson, 3.Matt Harris, 4.Nick Emmett, 5.Rory Bromley, 6. Marty Turner, 7.Marty Turner, 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.

Venue: Davis Park
Date: Sunday July 1st, 3:00pm
Referee: Robert Gallagher
GRL Tip: Souths Logan

HAVING troubled both North Queensland (16-20) and Redcliffe (20-26) in recent weeks, Souths Logan meets a Broncos team severely depleted. Aspley will provide a swag of players to the NRL and Queensland Residents sides, meaning call-ups for the likes of Chris Minehan, Adam Simon and Wiremu Ratana. Simon has been a standout for the club at FOGS Cup level and was last week picked for the South East QLD Poinsettias. Without Denan Kemp, fellow speed machine Rodney Davies starts at fullback. For Souths Logan, to contest the finals would mean a miracle, but the Magpies could feasibly catch the likes of Burleigh, Norths and Wynnum Manly. Despite being second last with three wins and 10 loses, the Magpies have only conceded 92 more points than they have scored the whole season.

Souths Logan: 1.Dave Wood, 2. Quentin Laulu-Togagae, 3.Tanu Wulf, 4.Kyle Lodge, 5.Mick Anshau, 6.Brogan Gibson, 7.Paul Rolls, 8.Dennis Conlon, 9.Cameron Joyce, 10.Kieran Whalley, 11.Tim Cannard, 12.Darren Glase, 13.Phil Dennis Interchange: 14.Josh Griffith, 15.Adrian Maloney, 16.Chris McGuirk, 17.Brendan Waller. Coach: Jason Burnham/Brandon Costin.

Aspley: 1.Rodney Davies, 2.Chris Minehan, 3.Jason Moon, 4.Jamie Simpson, 5.Gideon Menzies,6. Ben Green, 7.Brent McConnell, 8.Andrew Lomu, 9.Michael Green, 10.Brynjar Ragnarsson, 11.Lachlan Morgan, 12.Derrick Watkins, 13.Troyden Edwards. Interchange: 14.Adam Simon, 15.Nathan Strudwick, 16.Luke Brosnan, 17.Wiremu Ratana.
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