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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 05 Apr 2008 09:11:00 GMT
ROUND four of the Queensland Cup kicks off on Saturday with the Easts Tigers hosting the Central Comets at Langlands Park.

EASTS v CENTRAL COMETS
Langlands Park – 2pm, Saturday April 5 *Live on ABC TV
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
GRL Tip: Easts

THIS is a must-win game for both sides. Easts have yet to open their account for 2008, while the Comets have suffered back-to-back defeats. Central showed plenty of fight in its last round match against a star-studded Souths Logan side before going down 20-6. Following the bye in round three, Easts should be refreshed and ready to fire in front of their Langlands Park faithful. The Tigers have named a strong and seasoned forward pack, with former Rooster Charlie Tonga and key hooker Trent Young in their ranks. The Comets will have plenty of firepower as well, with giant Bronco Dave Taylor added to the squad. Taylor’s presence could make life tough for an Easts outfit which is desperate to halt a slide of six-straight losses in the Wizard Cup. The club’s last win in the top grade was a 34-12 victory over Souths Logan on July 22 last year.
IPSWICH v REDCLIFFE
Briggs Road Sporting Complex – 3pm, Saturday April 5
Referee: Michael Wise
GRL Tip: Redcliffe

AFTER an unblemished start to the season, Ipswich enters this match with a three point buffer on Redcliffe. A win would see the Jets move five clear of the Dolphins, who are searching for consistency after a win, loss and draw. The Jets have named Gold Coast Titans playmaker Josh Lewis on the interchange bench for the Briggs Road blockbuster. His presence looms as a major boost for the Jets, who are still without first-choice halfback Ian Lacey (quad muscle tear). Redcliffe is yet to settle on its side, with 200-game veteran Mick Roberts no certainty to be available. Roberts is contesting a high tackle charge at tonight’s (Thursday) judiciary hearing. Redcliffe forward Palmer Wapau is also missing from the Redcliffe line-up. Wapau limped from the field with a leg injury in the second-half of the Dolphins’ 26-all draw with Wynnum Manly last Sunday.

BURLEIGH V NORTHERN PRIDE
Pizzey Park – 6.30pm, Saturday April 5
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
GRL Tip: Burleigh

The only two sides to have registered three wins from as many matches meet in this enthralling contest at Pizzey Park. The Pride has posted a staggering 122 points in just three outings. But can the northern newcomers overcome Burleigh’s renowned defensive might? Burleigh’s Nick Parfitt enters the match in high spirits after his winning conversion last weekend gave him 900 career points in the Queensland Cup. Pride coach Andrew Dunemann has promoted Ivanhoes product Drew Campbell. “The players who haven’t had a start just need to keep working hard and performing in the CDRL competition. Drew is a perfect example – he hasn’t dropped his bundle and has gone back to his club at Ivanhoes, worked hard and has now been rewarded with a start,” Dunemann said.

TWEED HEADS v SOUTHS LOGAN
Ned Byrne Field – 3pm, Sunday April 6
Referee: Justin Eastwood
GRL Tip: Souths Logan

DEFENDING premiers Tweed Heads have yet to register a victory after three rounds. The Seagulls squandered a 26-12 lead against the Burleigh Bears last weekend. The pain of that defeat should ensure the Seagulls are on their game for the clash with the Magpies. Although only early, another loss could spell disaster for the Seagulls, who had been expected to benefit from playing three of their first four matches at their new Cudgen home ground. While Tweed’s side includes several Titans players, the Magpies have the services of a host of Canberra Raiders players, including Ben Jones, Marc Herbert and Michael Dobson. Souths Logan beat the Comets 20-6 last weekend to continue their unbeaten start to the season. However coach Paul Bramley was far from impressed with their performance.

WYNNUM MANLY v NORTHS *Live on BAY FM 100.3 (bayfm.org.au)
BMD Kougari Oval, Sunday April 6
Referee: Rob Gallacher
GRL Tip: Wynnum Manly

DENNY Lambert, the man who rescued Wynnum Manly last week with a late try, is free to play after taking an early plea. Lambert was hit with a dangerous throw charge following Wynnum’s last gasp 26-all draw with Redcliffe on Sunday. Wynnum is looking for its second-straight win at BMD Kougari Oval this year. But the task isn’t an easy one, with the young Norths Devils boosted by the likely return of Broncos pair Joel Moon and Denan Kemp. Norths copped a hammering by the in-form Northern Pride in Cairns last weekend. The Devils’ cause wasn’t helped by the loss of captain Marc Brentnall early in the match. Brentnall (facial fracture) is expected to be out of action for a number of weeks. - Read More, Here