Intrust Super Cup: Rd 14 preview

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS v NORTHERN PRIDE 
2pm, Sunday 1 June, Dolphin Oval
Referee: Brett Suttor
Head to head: Pride 12, Redcliffe 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PHINSvPRIDE

The two “elder statesmen” of the competition will face off this weekend in this intriguing match-up between the Pride and the Dolphins.

The oldest player in the competition since coming out of retirement, Petero Civoniceva will face off against Pride winger Semi Tadulala – the Cup’s second oldest player.

Tadulala played his first Cup game in 1998 – and this weekend will suit up for his 100th – having previously played for Townsville, Wests and Norths.

Last weekend, both the Pride and the Dolphins posted contrasting wins with the Pride’s impressive first half over Wynnum proving enough to claim the two points, while Redcliffe fought back from a 16-point deficit to storm home to a 30-28 victory over Burleigh.

The Pride, who will have Cowboys forward Ricky Thorby back from NRL duties, hold a remarkably lop-sided winning record over the Dolphins, enjoying a 12-1 head-to-head advantage.

They also won the round three encounter 20-12.

EASTS TIGERS v MACKAY CUTTERS 
2pm, Sunday 1 June, Langlands Park
Referee: Chris Butler
Head to head: Easts 8, Mackay 7
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvMC
Live stream: http://tigertv.net

For some, it may not seem like all that long ago that the Intrust Super Cup season kicked off with the grand final re-match between the Tigers and Cutters.

Twelve additional rounds have been and gone since Easts prevailed that day 40-12.

In that three-month period, the Cutters have struggled to recapture the spark that led them to a breakthrough title last year.

Easts have yet to fully hit their stride, but they’re now starting to tick over regular wins in pursuit of a top five berth.

At the halfway mark of the season and with only four wins to their name, it’s make or break time for the Mackay Cutters.

Coach Kim Williams hopes the return of big forward Rohan Ahern and Cowboys duo Anthony Mitchell and Curtis Rona will provide the spark against a formidable Tigers team.

Easts forward Liam McDonald will chalk up his 50th match for the Tigers and his 116th overall in the Intrust Super Cup.

He will start from the interchange bench along with Queensland under-20s representative Christian Welch.