The Wolf went 3/7 in last week’s ‘Get In The Game’ Country round and is expecting some of the Intrust Super Cup heavyweights to flex their muscles this week with comfortable victories.
|Match (Time AEST)||Tips|
|Mackay v Townsville
|Best Bet: Townsville -12.5 ($1.90)|
|PNG v Ipswich
|Best Bet: Ipswich +8.5 ($1.90)|
|Burleigh v Northern Pride
|Best Bet: Burleigh -14.5 ($1.90)|
|Souths Logan v Sunshine Coast
|Best Bet: Sunshine Coast +4.5 ($1.90)|
|Wynnum Manly v Tweed Heads
|Best Bet: Wynnum Manly -7.5 ($1.90)|
|Redcliffe v Norths
|Best Bet: Redcliffe -12.5 ($1.90)|
Mackay Cutters v Townsville Blackhawks
The Cutters recorded a shock 28-10 victory over Wynnum Manly last week to give Jim Wilson’s men just their third win of the season. They’ll face a much sterner test on Friday night when they host the Blackhawks who won this corresponding clash 52-8 in Round 11. The Blackhawks had a field day against the Capras on the weekend, running in 13 tries in their 74-12 triumph and should have no problem with the Cutters for a second time this season. Keep any eye out for Matt Bowen who turned back the clock last week with 1 try, 3 try-assists and 7 goals in a dominant performance.
PNG Hunters v Ipswich Jets
The Hunters maintained their unbeaten season at home with a comfortable 38-8 victory over the Tigers and need to keep winning in the rare event that either Burleigh or Redcliffe slip up. The Jets find themselves two points outside of the Top 6 after losing a high-scoring affair to the table-topping Bears last week. The Jets won this clash 30-12 when they hosted the Hunters in Round 12 and have enough points in them to stick with the Hunters. An upset isn’t out of the question, making the Jets with 8.5 start the play.
Burleigh Bears v Northern Pride
The Bears continue to set the pace at the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder on 33 points and will take some running down if recent form is anything to go by. They’re currently on a seven-game winning streak and brought an end to the Jets’ five-game winning run in their 46-26 victory in ‘Get In The Game’ Country round. The Bears got the job done over the Pride 24-14 in Round 11 and will fancy their chances again, with the Pride scoring a total of 24 points in their last three matches and conceding 26+ points in their last four matches.
Souths Logan Magpies v Sunshine Coast Falcons
The Magpies recorded a crucial 32-24 see-sawing win over the Devils last week that saw them cement their spot in 6th spot and in a position to control their own destiny in the run to the finals. It was a gutsy effort after influential halfback Sam Scarlett left the field injured along with winger Luke Archer. Scarlett has been named this week but would have to be in some doubt. Another big out for the Magpies will be Herman Ese’ese, who ran for over 200 metres against the Devils and will be on Brisbane Broncos duty. Meanwhile the Falcons recorded an important 28-16 win over Tweed last week to sit one point behind the Magpies on the ladder. Melbourne Storm-contracted Richard Kennar was the hero with a first-half hat-trick and halfback Ryley Jacks was a threat all match, scoring two tries of his own. These sides played a 16-all earlier in the season and The Wolf is very keen on the Falcons as outsiders especially if Scarlett is ruled out for the Magpies.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Tweed Heads Seagulls
It was Wynnum Manly who won the battle of the Seagulls 30-16 in Round 11 and The Wolf is backing them this week despite last week’s shock loss to the Cutters. It’s a must-win for Wynnum Manly if they have aspirations of playing finals football and you can expect coach Jon Buchanan to have them fired up for this clash. Daniel Ogden was Wynnum Manly’s best in a beaten side last week, running for over 200 metres, breaking 11 tackles and scoring a try. Meanwhile, Tweed have only won 1 of their last 6 matches, hardly giving The Wolf any confidence that they are capable of an upset here.
Redcliffe Dolphins v Norths Devils
The Dolphins smashed the Devils 52-10 when they clashed in Round 11 and it’s hard to see the Devils stopping a Dolphins side who has won 8 of their last 9 matches this season. The Dolphins have the best defence in the league, conceding an average of 15 points a game, while the Devils have the third worst defence, leaking 28 points per game. It’s hard to see anything but an easy Dolphins victory, especially with the Devils missing arguably their best player in Jai Arrow.