Intrust Super Cup: Round 9 preview

CQ CAPRAS v MACKAY CUTTERS
4pm, Friday 25 April, Browne Park
Referee: Tyson Brough
Head to head
: Mackay 8 Central 4
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Live stream: www.capras.com.au/season-2014/live

The Cutters have won the past seven games played between the two sides with Centrals' last win coming at Browne Park in March 2010.

There’s another reason for Mackay’s confidence to be up – they’re coming off a 22-12 win over Redcliffe, giving them their second lot of two points for the year.

Liam Taylor returns to the backline for Mackay but they have lost Anthony Mitchell to an NRL call-up for the Cowboys.

John Asiata, Sam Hoare and Zac Santo will be their Cowboys contingent.

Understandably, the Capras have named an unchanged side for the Anzac Day match with coach Jason Hetherington justifiably pleased with the performance of his players in their upset 26-18 win over the Wynnum Manly Seagulls last Thursday night.

However, the Capras have hinted on social media that experienced five-eighth Brent Crisp could make a comeback from an ankle injury.

NORTHERN PRIDE v SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES
5.30pm, Saturday 26 April, Barlow Park
Referee: Robert Gallacher
Head to Head
: Pride 11, Souths Logan 4
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The Souths Logan Magpies will step into a potential firestorm on Saturday when they venture north to play the Pride at Barlow Park.

After surrendering an 18-point first-half lead against Ipswich last week, the Pride will be eager to strike back immediately on home soil in this intriguing round 9 match.

It looms as a tough assignment for the Magpies, but it’s one they are well equipped to handle after outplaying the ladder-leading Norths Devils last weekend.

Much to coach Josh Hannay’s delight, the Magpies never took their foot off the pedal in the 26-10 victory.

Pride coach Jason Demetriou has recalled exciting Mount Isa youngster Jordan Biondi-Ono who will get the chance to impress from fullback.

Javid Bowen shifts from fullback to the wing and there will be at least two other changes with Cowboys Robert Lui and Kyle Feldt to return to the Pride lineup.

Their strong group of Cowboys also includes Ricky Thorby and Cameron King.

On the numbers front, this will be the Pride’s 150th Cup game – they have won 97, drawn three and lost 49.