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QLD Cup Preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 17 May 2008 09:27:00 GMT
Have Tweed Heads really recovered from their slow start to the season? They’ll get a good opportunity to answer that question against Ipswich in round 10 of the Queensland Cup.

It’s fair to say Tweed Heads have given their fans some hope of a revival after thrashing Wynnum Manly 64-14. In a supreme effort the 2007 premiers scored 48-points in 40 minutes.

Matthew Cross, Dennis Gordon and Matt King scored doubles for the winning side while Brad Davis slotted 10 goals from 11 attempts.

They’ve proven they can win consistently in the last two weeks but now they need to show they can at least compete with the top teams if they are to make the finals this year and have some sort of impact.

Dolphin Oval,
Saturday May 17, 2pm
Referee: Robert Gallacher
GRL Tip: Easts


ALREADY down on form, the Redcliffe Dolphins now face the prospect of having to win without two of their best attacking players ? Shane Perry and Nick Emmett. Both players have been named in the Broncos' starting side for Saturday's NRL match against the Sharks in Sydney. Perry and Emmett were kept relatively quiet in Redcliffe's last start 26-6 loss to Souths Logan. Craig Priestly has been named as Perry's replacement, while Liam Georgetown slips back into the Dolphins backline in Emmett's absence. Saturday's clash at Dolphin Oval shapes as a huge match for the two sides who share identical records (3 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw). The winner will nail down fifth spot at the completion of round 10.

Barlow Park
Saturday May 17, 6pm
Referee: Michael Wise
GRL Tip: Northern Pride

WYNNUM Manly coach Shane McNally has made sweeping changes after last weekend's embarrassing 64-14 loss to Tweed Heads. McNally has promoted five-eighth Chris Birch and John Te Reo from FOGS Cup. Chris Muckert and Ben Czislowski have also been added to the Seagulls' forward pack after making successful returns from injury in the lower grades last week. The most high profile casualty from the Seagulls' nest is the axing of former NRL centre Steve Irwin. The former Broncos player has been dropped to FOGS Cup, despite scoring three tries in Wynnum's round eight win over the Comets. "We just felt we had to give these guys (from FOGS) a crack to see what they can do," McNally said. The Pride has lost back-rower Alex Starmer for two weeks with a shoulder injury but have bolstered their stocks with the signing of former Cowboy Jamie Frizzo.

Mackay Junior Fields
Saturday May 17, 7pm
Referee: Adam Neale
GRL Tip: Mackay


COMETS gamebreaker Andrew Dale returns from suspension for the clash in Mackay and in a further boost, experienced wingers Junior Auru and Dallas Williams return to the flanks. Tireless front-rower Liam Anlezark is also back in the Comets side after missing last weekend's 54-16 loss to the Ipswich Jets. But the Comets will be without back-rower Todd Titmus, who is serving the first week of a two match ban for a dangerous throw. Like the Comets, the Mackay Cutters were on the wrong end of a heavy scoreline last weekend. The Cutters went down 40-20 to the Tigers and desperately need to cash in on their third match at home in as many weeks. The Cutters and Comets will play off for the annual Meng Tyres Shield.

Bishop Park
Sunday May 18, 3pm
Referee: Justin Eastwood
GRL Tip: Souths Logan


NORTHS need just seven points to become only the second Queensland Cup team to score 8000 points. Redcliffe is out in front with 8540 points from 289 games. With a talented young side, the Devils should at the very least reach that milestone in Sunday's clash with Souths Logan. The Magpies will however start hot favourites after a convincing 26-6 victory over Redcliffe last Sunday. With classy hooker Glen Buttriss called into the Raiders' NRL side, the Magpies have promoted McKanah Gibson from the bench to the starting side. Norths will again look to tireless back-rower Troy Hansen in the forward battle. Hansen was a standout for the Devils in last Saturday's eight point loss to the Burleigh Bears.

Ned Byrne Field
Sunday May 18, 3pm
Referee: Justin Davis
GRL Tip: Ipswich


IPSWICH may yet be without tough prop Isaak Ah Mau at Cudgen on Sunday. The New Zealand-born forward is a chance of making his top grade debut with the Broncos in Saturday's NRL match against Cronulla. Tweed has a confirmed scratching in the front row department, with Ian Donnelly receiving a one match suspension for striking in the Seagulls' win over Wynnum Manly. But after two great wins, the Tweed will still fancy its chance of toppling the competition leaders. Tweed captain Brad Davis last weekend became the 13th player to score 500 points in the Queensland Cup. His 10 goals was a record for Tweed. The Jets welcome back inspirational skipper Danny Coburn from an ankle injury. - Read More, Here