Intrust Super Cup: Round 7 preview
BURLEIGH BEARS v MACKAY CUTTERS
2pm, Sunday 13 April, Pizzey Park (live on Channel 9)
Referee: Chris Butler
Head to Head: Mackay 7, Burleigh 4, drawn 1
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It’s a busy weekend for Cowboys forward Glenn Hall who will be 18th man for the NRL clash against Wests Tigers in Campbelltown on Saturday night before flying to the Gold Coast to line up for Mackay.
Hall won the Cutters’ man of the match award last week after a mammoth effort that included 57 tackles and 16 hit-ups in 78 minutes.
Mackay enter Sunday’s 'must-win' match without skipper Tyson Martin who is serving a one match suspension for striking.
NQ Cowboy John Asiata comes into the starting side for a Cutters outfit which will receive some simple instructions from coach Kim Williams.
“We just need to hang on to the footy,” Williams said. “Last week we had six incomplete sets in a row during the second half.
“That is the game, Tweed scored off the back of that. We just need to be better with our ball control.”
The Cutters are undefeated in their last four games against Burleigh (3 wins, 1 draw), but the Bears have the home ground advantage and are coming off a strong second-half display against the Sunshine Coast last week.
Burleigh scored 24 unanswered points in the final 40 minutes of their round six match against a committed Falcons team.
Bears centre Khan Ahwang – the competition’s leading points scorer – kicked five goals in that match to take his season tally to 74 points.
NORTHERN PRIDE v EASTS
The round 7 Intrust Super Cup match between the Northern Pride and Easts Tigers in Cairns has been postponed due to Cyclone Ita.
“These decisions are never easy, we always try to consider all options with the safety and welfare of the clubs our first priority,’’ QRL Competitions Manager Jamie O’Connor said.
“One of those alternatives was bringing the Northern Pride to Brisbane this weekend, however we felt that it was more important for the players and coaching staff to remain with their families.”
The match will now be played on Sunday 6 July at Barlow Park in Cairns, a bye round for all other clubs due to the annual Residents match between Queensland and New South Wales on 9 July.