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Queensland Cup - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 12 Jul 2008 11:27:00 GMT
Forget Wrestlemania….the Queensland Cup has Wendell-mania this weekend.

In a huge coup for the Queensland Cup, dual international Wendell Sailor is poised to make his debut for the Burleigh Bears in Saturday's round 17 clash against Ipswich at the Briggs Road Complex, Raceview.

*Live on ABC TV
Langlands Park - Saturday July 12, 2pm
Referee: Gavin Morris
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IT’S crunch time for the Easts Tigers, who have been left in a vulnerable position following their 32-12 loss to Tweed Heads last weekend. The seventh-placed Tigers need to beat the Northern Pride – one of the form teams in the Wizard Cup – to remain in touch with the top five. The Tigers will again have to do it without leading prop Charlie Tonga. The former Roosters forward is serving the final week of a four match ban for a dangerous throw. With Tonga watching from the stands, the Tigers will turn to props Pat Gardner, Fabian Soutar and Fred Tila. The Pride can take another step towards the minor premiership with a win over the Tigers. But it won’t be an easy assignment for a Pride team which needed a final second try from a kick to get the points over Easts in their heated round one clash earlier this year. Marcus Jensen is poised to play his 100th Queensland Cup game for Easts.

Briggs Road Complex, Raceview - Saturday July 12, 3pm
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis
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BIG Dell v Big Red. It’s a promotional dream for the Ipswich Jets on Saturday when they host a Burleigh Bears team featuring Wendell Sailor. The Ipswich line-up has plenty of star quality about it as well, with former Test prop Brad Meyers named in the No. 8 jersey for the Jets. But it is the presence of dual international Wendell Sailor which is the hot talking point in rugby league circles. Sailor is poised to go head to head with Ipswich plumber Scott Ireland. The resume of 21-year-old Ireland makes light reading next to Sailor’s, but the Jets youngster is still a very good footballer in his own right. Ireland has crossed for 14 tries already this season and he would dearly love to get one or two past Big Dell. The Jets will be without suspended prop Aaron Sweeney for the round 17 clash. Sweeney is serving a one match ban for ‘dropping the knees’ in the 61st minute of last weekend’s 20-12 win over the Norths Devils.

Ned Byrne Field – Saturday July 12, 6pm
Referee: Clayton Sharpe
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THE Comets have been boosted by the inclusion of Broncos star PJ Marsh for the round 17 clash. Marsh played the opening match of the 2008 Origin series for Queensland but the Central Queensland product failed to hold on to his spot with the Broncos this weekend. If Marsh can weave his magic, the Comets stand a good chance of upsetting the Seagulls. Central enters the match on 14 points, one clear of Tweed Heads. Both sides would need a minor miracle to reach the finals. But even though the Tweed is behind the Comets, many pundits believe the Seagulls hold a greater chance of figuring in the finals than the Rockhampton club. The Comets enter this match buoyed by the news that star playmaker Nat Bowman has re-signed for the 2009 season.

Bishop Park - Sunday July 13 - 2pm
Referee: Justin Davis
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THE two struggling clubs would dearly love to claim a win after heartbreaking losses last weekend. Bottom-placed Norths put in a spirited performance against the front-running Jets last weekend but just fell short. Mackay also put in a whole-hearted display but couldn’t manufacture a victory against the Redcliffe Dolphins. Norths have named Bronco Reece Robinson at centre for the Bishop Park clash. But perhaps the most dangerous attacking weapon in the Devils line-up is former Ipswich Grammar School sprint champion Rodney Davies. Davies scored two spectacular tries against the Jets last weekend. Norths have not won since their round six victory over the Cutters in Mackay.

BMD Kougari Oval – Sunday July 13, 3pm *Live on Bay FM 100.3 (bayfm.org.au)
Referee: Robert Gallacher
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WYNNUM Manly has made a habit of hitting back hard after heavy losses so that factor alone should have Souths Logan on full alert. Wynnum went down 32-12 to Burleigh last weekend but other results enabled them to cling on to fourth spot. But the Seagulls could quite easily drop out of the top five if they fail against Souths Logan in Sunday’s highly-anticipated match. Wynnum has made a key positional change, with Chris McQueen slotting back to fullback and David Seage moving to the wing. Like the Seagulls, Souths Logan are coming off a round 16 loss. But the Magpies still remain in the hunt for the minor premiership. The Magpies have again named Raiders star Tom Learoyd Lahrs. Neville Costigan is expected to turn out for the Raiders after spending a number of weeks with the Magpies. - Read More, Here