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4.30pm, Saturday 4 April, Jack Manski Oval
Referee: Chris Anderson

The Townsville Blackhawks face their toughest test at home on Saturday when they face Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Jack Manski Oval.

The Seagulls came off a strong win against Souths Logan last weekend, but having posted their second 50-plus score in as many weeks, Townsville will be confident of their chances.

It’s the first time these two have met, but the Blackhawks may have a slight advantage with Wynnum having only won one of their past seven away games – Townsville are two from two at home.

5pm, Saturday 4 April, North Ipswich Reserve 
Referee: Michael Gordon

Northern Pride have a 9-6 winning record over the Ipswich Jets, but their form of late wouldn’t warrant such confidence.

The Cairns-based side are yet to notch a win on the board this season and come up against a formidable Jets outfit who have proved they are no easy push-overs.

But last year’s champions have faced adversity before – in 2010 they lost their opening three games before going on to win the grand final at Suncorp.

6pm, Saturday 4 April, Stadium Mackay 
Referee: Tim Rutherford

Mackay have one of the best defences in the league so far and it may be a tough trip up for Norths Devils who sit 11th on the ladder.

The Cutters haven’t lost at home to the Brisbane side since 2010, and have proved their home is a fortress with some solid victories at their ground.

Forward Tyson Martin comes into the 17 while Ryan Kinlyside has been added to an extended bench.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.