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globalrugbyleague - Thu, 22 Mar 2007 22:44:00 GMT
REDCLIFFE v ASPLEY
Dolphin Oval, Saturday March 24, 2.00pm *ABC Live Telecast
Referee: Clayton Sharpe

THE STORY: Billed as an unofficial grand final rematch, this game will feature 18 players from last year’s decider, which Redcliffe won 27-6 against Toowoomba.

Taking the Clydesdales’ place in this year’s competition, Aspley will play its first-ever televised match. A month ago players from both these sides combined to humble the Canberra Raiders 18-12 at Dolphin Oval.

THE STAT: Last year’s QANTAS Player of the Year and Grand Final man-of-the-match Michael Roberts will achieve another milestone on Saturday. Still only 27, he will enter the all-time top five for games played in the Wizard Cup. The half-turned-hooker plays his 180th game, moving him past former Logan, Gold Coast and Ipswich pivot Brendon Lindsay (179 games).

THE STAR: Asked once who was the best indigenous player to never make it to the NRL, Matty Bowen nominated former Abergowrie College teammate Palmer Wapau. To those outside Cairns he may be something of an unknown, but he comes to Redcliffe with big wraps, including from Cyril Connell.

CHANGES: REDCLIFFE – N/A (Bye in Round 1) ASPLEY: In – Willie Live, Chris Muckert, Trent Callaghan. Out – John Te Reo, Nick Kenny, Fletcher Holmes.

CHARGES: None.




Redcliffe Dolphins



Aspley Broncos


Players:
1. Ryan CULLEN
2. Alwyn SIMPSON
3. Matt HARRIS
4. Nick EMMETT
5. Rory BROMLEY
6. Chris FOX
7. Matt SEAMARK
13. Mark SHIPWAY
12. Danny BURKE
11. Grant FLUGGE
10. Pat GARDNER
9. Michael ROBERTS
8. Troy LINDSAY

Interchange:
14. Shannon FISH
15. Nick WALKER
16. Palmer WAPAU
17. Adam STARR

Coach: Anthony GRIFFIN



Players:
1. Denan KEMP
2. Rodney DAVIES
3. Jason MOON
4. Willie LIVE
5. Tame TUPOU
6. Ben GREEN
7. Brent McCONNELL
13. Derricke WATKINS
12. Chris MUCKERT
11. Lachlan MORGAN
10. David TAYLOR
9. Michael ENNIS
8. Clifford MANUA

Interchange:
14. Brynjar RAGNARSSON
15. Ian LACEY
16. Luke BROSNAN
17. Trent CALLAGHAN

Coach: Mark GEE


NORTH QLD v SOUTHS LOGAN
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Saturday March 24, 6.30pm
Referee: Gavin Morris

THE STORY: North Queensland gets to see two winning teams go head-to-head for the first Wizard Cup game of the year at Dairy Farmers Stadium. The Young Guns came from behind to beat Aspley 22-12 last week, while the Magpies downed Central 36-20.

Although this could be seen as a match-up between heavyweights and battlers, Souths Logan sorely tested the Guns in the corresponding game last year, a 44-32 result.

THE STAT: Young Guns centre Mark Henry has nine NRL games to his name and will be keen to ensure he doesn’t spend too long stranded on single figures.

At the moment he is stuck behind Ashley Graham and Paul Bowman. Still, he has had more opportunities than Daniel Sorbello, the new Souths Logan fullback who played two NRL games for the Cowboys back in 2003-04.

THE STAR: Missing from this game will be Souths Logan spearhead Brandon Costin. The veteran has ongoing ankle woes and, as yet, no return date is set.

CHANGES: NORTH QLD – In: Toshio Laiseni, Mark Henry. Out: Paul Bowman, Michael Rose. SOUTHS LOGAN – In: Kyle Lodge. Out: Brandon Costin.

CHARGES:Tim Cannard (Grade Two Dangerous Throw) – Judiciary tonight.




North Qld Young Guns



Souths Logan Magpies


Players:
1. Toshio LAISENI
2. Karl JOHNSON
3. Mark HENRY
4. Ben FARRAR
5. Scott MINTO
6. Jackson NICOLAU
7. Shane MUSPRATT
13. Ben LOWE
12. Jimmy ANDERSEN
11. Scott BOLTON
10. John FRITH
9. David FAIUMU
8. Ray CASHMERE

Interchange:
14. Scott SMITH
15. Joe CLARKE
16. Ben VAEAU
17. Sam FAUST

Coach: Matt PARISH



Players:
1. Daniel SORBELLO
2. Quentin LAULU-TOGAGAE
3. Kyle LODGE
4. Matt TEMPLEMAN
5. Wade WATSON
6. Phil DENNIS
7. Paul ROLLS
13. Scott MARKS
12. Tanu WULF
11. Tim CANNARD
10. Darren GLASE
9. Cameron JOYCE
8. Josh GRIFFITH

Interchange:
14. Adrian MALONEY
15. Josh PEACOCK
16. Mananui TE-HEU-HEU
17. Brogan GIBSON

Coach: Jason BURNHAM / Brandon COSTIN


CENTRAL v BURLEIGH
Browne Park, Saturday March 24, 7.30pm
Referee: Michael Wise

THE STORY: These clubs experienced contrasting fortunes last week. Burleigh was one of the big winners, while Central crashed to a tough loss at the hands of Souths Logan. On home soil though the Comets are always a different prospect.

These teams also met in Round Two last year under similar circumstance and Central sprang a major upset with a ground-breaking 36-22 win against the Bears.

THE STAT: When Central beat Burleigh at Browne Park last year, it marked the club’s first ever win against the Bears since the Wizard Cup began.

Perhaps shaken back to reality, Burleigh responded by towling up Central 42-4 in the return match at Pizzey Park.

THE STAR: Tentatively listed at number 17 for Burleigh is Great Britain star Richie Mathers. Should he return from injury for this match he will be a more than handy addition to the Bears’ side.

Central squad members Ben Farrell and Moko McGrath are both eligible for Ireland.

CHANGES: CENTRAL – No announced changes. BURLEIGH – In: Richie Mathers. Out: Josh Graham.

CHARGES:




Central Comets



Burleigh Bears


Players:
1. Junior AURU
2. Brendan GIBB
3. Guy WILLIAMS
4. Nat BOWMAN
5. Marty HATFIELD
6. Darren KINGI
7. Pat DALL
13. Tyron HAYNES
12. Todd TITMUS
11. Wayne BARNETT
10. Geoff BLACK
9. Mick ESDALE
8. Pete PENAIA

Interchange:
14. Yoren MAJOR
15. James MUNNS
16. George TUAKURA
17. Luke FATNOWNA

Coach: Steve ANDERSON




Players:
1. Nick PARFITT
2. Trent PURDON
3. Alex GLENN
4. Jordan ATKINS
5. Aseri LAING
6. Adam HAYDEN
7. Ben BLACK
13. John FLINT
12. Leigh COGHILL
11. Martin GRIESE
10. Shane O'FLANAGAN
9. Ryan GUNDRY
8. James GRIFFITHS

Interchange:
14. Travis SIMPSON
15. Wayne PHILLIS
16. Josh BLATCH
17. Richie MATHERS

Coach: Jimmy LENIHAN

NORTHS v WYNNUM MANLY
Bishop Park, Sunday March 25, 3.00pm
Referee: Justin Eastwood

THE STORY: The Battle of the Gateway’ could well be the new name for this encounter, with traffic from Brisbane’s accident-prone bridge these days snarling close to both home grounds.

Norths will go in favourite after an entertaining 46-32 win against Tweed last week, while Wynnum Manly needs to save face after being belted 40-18 by Easts.

THE STAT:Only five Wynnum Manly players will wear the same jersey as last week, with Seagulls coach Shane McNally clearly displeased with the first-up results.

Two of the players staying put are halves Matt Smith and Luke Dalziel-Don, a young combination that may develop well over time.

THE STAR: Norths’ Ben Cross, Ryan Shortland and Sam Tagataese are all on standby for the Mebourne Storm. Both Shortland and Tagataese will make NRL debuts if called up.

Wynnum will hope none of the three play and will welcome back 100-game veteran and linchpin Jimmy Ahmat from suspension at the same time.

CHANGES: NORTHS – In: Aidan Guerra, Joel Thompson. Out: Matt Rua, Pale Ale. WYNNUM MANLY – In: Jimmy Ahmat, Tangi Ropati, Kurtis Curry, Kerry Smith, Adam Mansy. Out: Chris Parker, Chris McQueen, Albert Talipeau, Luke Smith, Chris Birch.

CHARGES:




Norths Devils



Wynnum Manly Seagulls


Players:
1. Kieran TURNER
2. Luke SAMOA
3. Ryan SHORTLAND
4. Will CHAMBERS
5. Anthony PERKINS
6. Russell AITKEN
7. JP CHERRY
13. Aidan GUERRA
12. Sam TAGATAESE
11. Sika MANU
10. Scott ANDERSON
9. Jay ASTON
8. Will SCANLAN

Interchange:
14. Danny VAUGHAN
15. Joel THOMPSON
16. Ben CROSS
17. Ian DONNELLY

Coach: Kevin CARMICHAEL



Players:
1. Jim AHMAT
2. Chris CURRIE
3. Simon PHILLIPS
4. Paoa FAAMITA
5. Tangi ROPATI
6. Luke DALZIEL DON
7. Matt SMITH
13. Daniel FRAME
12. Darren BAIN
11. Gary WINTER
10. Ben CZISLOWSKI
9. Herewini RANGI
8. Angus MARTIN

Interchange:
14. Fili SOFA
15. Kurtis CURRY
16. Kerry SMITH
17. Adam MANSY

Coach: Shane McNALLY

IPSWICH v EASTS
North Ipswich Reserve, Sunday March 25, 3.00pm
Referee: Justin Davis

THE STORY: Although at opposite ends of the table after Round One, the Tigers and Jets will provide a willing contest, with several ex-Easts identities now at The Terrace. Ipswich assistant coach Darren Smith, plus players Jason Bulgarelli, Trevor Exton, Scott Alo and Alex Fata all arrived at North Ipswich Reserve from Langlands Park.

THE STAT: Ipswich has only finished above Easts once in the 11 years of the Wizard Cup so fa - Read More, Here