Intrust Super Cup: Round 11 preview
MACKAY CUTTERS v SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS
6pm, Saturday 10 May, Stadium Mackay
Referee: Robert Gallacher
Head to head: Mackay 9, Sunshine Coast 2
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #MCvSCF
This is a great chance for the Cutters to get back on the winners’ list after being beaten in the NQ derby by the Pride last Saturday.
Mackay’s Cowboys contingent remains intact with Anthony Mitchell, Zac Santo, Sam Hoare and John Asiata, coming off his best game of the season last week, making the trip south.
The Falcons have now lost a record-equalling 28 matches in succession after going down 36-0 to an impressive CQ Capras.
In team news, Niko Mataia comes into the centres for the Cutters with Doug Hewitt moving to the bench.
For the Falcons, Mboya Adams has been named as starting prop in place of Melbourne Storm Under 20 Shae Ah Fook, with Rowan Klein also not named.
Brad Reed comes on to the bench.
Sunshine Coast back rower Jacob Samoa has received plenty of praise from his coach for his efforts so far this season and on Saturday will run out for his 50th Cup game (having previously played for Norths).
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS v NORTHERN PRIDE
2pm, Sunday 11 May, Piggabeen Sports (live on Channel 9)
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head to head: Tweed 7, Pride 6
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #THSvPRIDE
The Pride don’t have the services of Cowboys hooker Cameron King after he was called up to play in North Queensland’s derby game against Brisbane.
Jack Svendsen and Ryan Ghietti are likely to return to the Pride lineup for their first TV match of the year.
The Seagulls scored a 28-0 XXXX Rivalry Round win over Burleigh last weekend to surge up the ladder from 10th to 6th position.
While Tweed coach Aaron Zimmerle would love to field an unchanged 17 from last weekend, the Titans have called upon Matt Srama, with Cody Nelson also named as 18th man.
Halfback Beau Henry has also taken an early guilty plea for a Detrimental Conduct charge and will sit out the weekend’s game.
While the head-to-head statistics for these two sides are close, the Seagulls have a strong home record, with the visiting Pride only managing the one win in five away games, with two of those games having been played at Piggabeen.