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Queensland Cup preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Thu, 27 Mar 2008 22:47:00 GMT
Ned Byrne Field, Saturday March 29 – 2pm
Referee: Gavin Morris

TWEED Heads enter the local derby in desperate need of the two competition points after dropping their opening two matches of the season. The 2007 premiers have failed to fire in the opening rounds, with last weekend’s 20-12 loss to the Norths Devils following on from a round one defeat at the hands of Redcliffe. In contrast, the Burleigh Bears have sailed through the first two weeks with impressive wins over Easts and the Central Comets. Last weekend’s 40-10 belting of the Comets ensured the Bears gained a share of the competition lead. Burleigh coach Jimmy Lenihan has had the luxury of naming the same 17 players who easily disposed of the Comets. New Burleigh centre Adam Fielder has been a big hit for the Bears in the opening rounds. He crossed for two tries last week in an encouraging sign for the Bears.

Tweed Heads: Ryan Milligan, Jonathan Freeman, Dennis Gordon, James Wood, Joel Rapana, Mathew Nutall, Tim Maccan, Roy Friend, Andrew Cross, Brock Hunter, Chris Enahoro, Selasi Berdie, Mathew Pow. Interchange: Jonathon Freeman, James Griffiths, Matt Austin, Chris Farrell. Coach: Michael Woods.

Burleigh: Nick Parfitt, Trent Purdon, Troy Savage, Adam Fielder, Aseri Lang, Brent McConnell, Ben Black, Brett O’Farrell, Scott Smith, Wayne Phillis, Martin Griese, Adam Hutchinson, John Flint. Interchange: Shane O’Flanagan, Pelo Petetelse, Stacey Katu, Robert Apanui. Coach: Jimmy Lenhan.

Barlow Park, Saturday March 29 – 6pm
Referee: Justin Davis

HIGHLY impressive in its first match on the road, the in-form Northern Pride returns home in high spirits for the round three clash against Norths at Barlow Park. The strong Pride line-up includes cowboys players Ben Vaeau, Steve Southern, Jackson Nicolau, Matthew Bartlett, John Williams and Scott Bolton. Bolton, Williams and Southern will make their debuts for the Cairns-based club in this match. Nicolau is taking over the five-eighth duties from Steven Sheppard who will miss Saturday night’s clash after suffering a sternum injury against Redcliffe. The Devils showed plenty of grit to fight off Tweed Heads last weekend. But it remains to be seen whether their young forwards can match it with the Pride’s fearsome pack.

Northern Pride: Chey Bird, Gordon Rattler, Brett Anderson, Josh Vaughan, John Williams, Jackson Nicolau, Chris Sheppard, Ben Vaeau, Jason Roos, Steve Southern, Mathew Bartlett, Joel Reithmuller, Mark Cantoni. Interchange: Warren Jensen, Ben Laity, Greg Byrnes, Scott Bolton. Coach: Andrew Dunemann

Norths Devils: Todd Parnell, Denan Kemp, Patrick Fray, Luke Samoa, George Kepa, Joel Moon, Jacob Fauid, Blake Blackburn, Marc Brentnall (C), Ryan Barton, Matt Forrest, Billy Rogers, Jack Pearson. Interchange: Fletcher Holmes, Luke Brosnan, Troy Hansen,Simona Vavega. Coach: Mark Gee.

Browne Park, Saturday March 29 – 7.30pm
Referee: Nick Kalpakidis

AFTER an impressive win over Easts, the new-look Magpies are strongly tipped to beat the Central Comets on Saturday. The Comets have the advantage of playing at home, but the form line suggests the Magpies will be ultra hard to topple in this one. Souths Logan coach Paul Bramley has again received an injection of Canberra Raiders talent, with Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Michael Dobson and Ben Jones among a host of NRL contracted players in the Magpies line-up. After scoring two tries in the victory over Easts, Colin Best has returned to the Green Machine. Best’s selection has paved the way for Quetin Laulu-Togagae’s return to the Wizard Cup ranks in the No. 1 jersey.

Central Comets: Nat Bowman, Ric Gibson, Junior Auru, Tyron Haynes, Dallas Williams, Shanan Wood, Marc Fickling, Wayne Barnett, Kam Wilkinson, Liam Anlezark, Todd Titmus, Mick Esdale, Guy Williams. Interchange: Andrew Dale, Brent Williams, Ken Kelhier. Coach: Wayne Barnett.

Souths Logan: Quentin Laulu-Togagae, David Milne, Brad Cross, Kyle Lodge, Chan Grintell, Marc Herbert, Michael Dobson, Daniel Joyce, Glen Buttriss, Cy Lasscock, Ben Jones, Lewis Balcomb, Josh White. Interchange: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Nick Colie, Tim Cannard, Phil Dennis. Coach: Paul Bramley.

Mackay Junior Fields, Saturday March 29 - 7.30pm
Referee: Rob Gallacher
A MASSIVE crowd is expected to pack into the Mackay Junior Grounds for Saturday’s Wizard Cup clash between the Cutters and Ipswich Jets. With enormous backing from the local community, the Cutters have organised a game-day extravaganza full of fire works, live bands and prizes. The big bash is all in aid of helping the city’s flood victims. On the field, the Cutters will be chasing their first victim after two early losses. Although disappointing in the opening rounds, the Cutters have a host of classy players. Hooker Anthony Watts was a standout for the Cutters in their 18-10 loss to Wynnum last week. Ipswich coach Kevin Walters has named Leigh Coghill on the bench for his first taste of top grade action with the Jets. The Jets may yet be boosted by the late inclusion of Titans players Kris Kahler, Smith Samau, Brad Meyers and Gavin Cooper.
Mackay: Luke Young, Daniel Flynn, Sam Granville, Anthony Perkins, Chris Giumelli, Daniel Abraham, Shane Muspratt, Jamie McDonald, Anthony Watts, Shane Tronc, Kerrod Toby, Kieran Lander, Adam Schubert. Interchange: Mathew Mannion, James Bryant, John Frith, Brendan Couch. Coach: Shane Muspratt.

Ipswich: Troy O’Sullivan, Scott Ireland, Donald Malone, Jason Bulgarelli, Luke Walker, Todd Riggs, Ian Lacey, Scott Alo, Michael Ryan, Aaron Sweeney, Isaak Ah Mau, Trevor Exton, Danny Coburn. Interchange: Luke Gray, Mathew McPhee, Leigh Coghill, Ramon Filipini Coach: Kevin Walters.

Dolphin Oval, Sunday March 30 - 3pm
Referee: Justin Eastwood

THE first leg of the Herald Cup promises to be a fierce contest, with both sides out to prove a point or two. The Dolphins lacked cohesion in an error-riddled performance against the Northern Pride, while the Seagulls were well below their best in their scrappy eight-point win over Mackay. Redcliffe has listed the clash as Michael Roberts’ 200th game for the Dolphins. The emotion surrounding the milestone of one of Redcliffe’s favourite rugby league sons is sure to ignite the Dolphins in front of their loyal home fans. Wynnum Manly has a poor record at Dolphin Oval but coach Shane McNally has a powerful squad at his disposal. The Bayside club has been boosted by the return of strike centre Steve Irwin from suspension.

Redcliffe: Ryan Cullen, Michael Rivett, Chris Fox, Tim Yee, Liam Georgetown, Marty Turner, Wayne Bond, Troy Lindsay ©, Michael Roberts (c), James Crombie, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Nathan Tutt. Interchange: Brian West, Derricke Watkins, Michael Wilson, Palmer Wapau. Coach: Gary O’Brien.

Wynnum-Manly: David Seage, Jason Moon, Chris McQueen, Steve Irwin, Simon Phillips, Dallas Mcilwain, Denny Lambert, Jason Williams, Cameron Joyce, Kurtis Curry,Luke Dalziel Don, Darren Bain ©, Adam Brideson. Interchange: Ben Czislowski, Luke Smith, Wade Bachmann, Peter Savage. Coach: Shane McNally.
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