Intrust Super Cup: Rd 16 preview
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS v SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS
This match has been cancelled due to the death this week of Falcons player James Ackerman. Ackerman died in hospital as a result of injuries incurred during an Intrust Super Cup game against Norths Devils at Bishop Park on Saturday 20 June.
The Queensland Rugby League is yet to determine how points will be allocated as a result of the cancellation.
In a statement regarding Norths player Francis Molo, the QRL said:
“The QRL judiciary panel met to receive submissions and medical reports which indicated the player was at this stage not fit to either appear before the judiciary or play the game of rugby league.
“Accordingly, proceedings have been adjourned.
“A review of evidence and submissions upon the resumption of proceedings may determine what or if any charges/grading will arise.
"No further comments will be made in relation to this matter at this point in time.”
NORTHERN PRIDE v IPSWICH JETS
5.30pm, Saturday 27 June, Barlow Park
The eighth-placed Northern Pride (seven wins, seven losses) will need to be on their game against the high-flying Ipswich Jets, who are second with an imposing 11-win, three-loss record.
The Pride welcome back Cowboys-contracted prop Scott Bolton, who returns to the field after several weeks out with a hand injury, but lose Patrick Kaufusi, who has been named to make his NRL debut against the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday night.
The Pride will also be without Cameron King (NRL duties) and Ben Spina (rib injury), but will have the reliable Hezron Murgha, the veteran fullback scoring a try in last weekend’s heavy loss to the Blackhawks.
MACKAY CUTTERS v WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS
6pm, Saturday 27 June, Stadium Mackay
The sixth-placed Cutters (eight wins, six losses) are hanging on in the top eight as their roller-coaster form continues.
Last-start losers to a strong Easts Tigers outfit, the chance for redemption comes against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in front of the Mackay faithful.
Wynnum have been in strong form this year, winning 10 games and losing just four to sit in fourth.
The Cutters will have hooker Josh Chudleigh (returning from a shoulder injury), prop Sam Hoare and Cowboys under-20s player Coen Hess available for selection.