Intrust Super Cup: Rd 20 preview
MACKAY CUTTERS v SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES
6pm, Saturday 19 July, Stadium Mackay
Referee: Peter Gough
Head to head: Souths Logan 10, Mackay 3
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #MCvSLM
The round 20 clash is virtually a must-win game for both teams as they attempt to keep touch with the top five in their quest for finals action in September.
A loss to Burleigh last weekend left Mackay six points adrift of the finals places and in a situation where another defeat would likely end their finals chances.
Cowboy Curtis Rona is expected to take his place in the Cutters after travelling to Sydney as 18th man for North Queensland against Cronulla.
The Souths Logan Magpies snapped an alarming away record when they recorded their first win on the road in six games last Saturday.
It took a penalty goal after the siren though for the Magpies to finally seal that win against Ipswich.
Magpies second-rower Leon Panapa and fullback Jordan Rapana tormented the Jets last weekend and the duo again loom as pivotal players for Souths Logan.
The Magpies have won their last three games against Mackay, including a 42-22 victory earlier this year in round 12.
On the milestone front, Souths back-rower Darcy Wright will play his 50th Cup match in the black and white.
NORTHERN PRIDE v NORTHS DEVILS
2pm, Sunday 20 July, Barlow Park
Referee: Tim Rutherford
Head to head: Pride 12, Norths 2, drawn 1
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PRIDEvDEVILS
Stream: Pride Live
Norths have won only one of their last nine games against the Pride, although they did push the northern heavyweights all the way in a 24-22 loss in round 6 this year.
The Pride’s four Queensland Residents stars – Javid Bowen, Shaun Nona, Blake Leary and Davin Crampton – along with Cowboys debutant Ben Spina return for the competition leaders after missing the catch-up game against Easts a fortnight ago.
Nona and Leary were outstanding for the Residents and will now look to carry that form into the concluding stages of the regular Intrust Super Cup season.
After a promising start to the season, the Devils have lost six in a row and must now beat the Pride on their home turf to keep their fading finals hopes alive.
Devils fullback Shaun Carney will play his 50th match in the Intrust Super Cup.