Intrust Super Cup Round 6 preview
Matches from Cairns down to Tweed Heads ensure there's plenty of school holiday rugby league action to be had in Round 6 of the Intrust Super Cup.
It all kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday afternoon in Cairns when defending premiers Northern Pride look to open their 2015 account against the Redcliffe Dolphins.
History says the Pride are a strong chance to claim the spoils with the club having won the past 12 games between these two teams with Redcliffe's only win at Barlow Park back in 2008.
A solid 1,000 kilometres south at Rockhampton sees the CQ Capras host the Mackay Cutters in Saturday's other match.
The Capras will welcome back Peter Gallen into their side with coach Jason Hetherington trialling youngster Mark Johnstone at halfback following the departure of first-choice No.7 Russ Aitken due to personal reasons.
For Mackay, halfback Liam Taylor only requires one goal to bring up 200 goals for the Cutters.
There's a feast of action on Sunday with a whopping five games to be played over the course of the afternoon with three games in Brisbane and two on the Gold Coast.
Channel Nine will televise the clash between eighth-placed Wynnum Manly and fifth-placed PNG Hunters at Kougari Oval with both teams coming off losses in Round 5.
The Hunters suffered a shock 36-10 loss to the Sunshine Coast Falcons while the Seagulls fell 28-16 in their clash against the high-flying Townsville Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks make the trek down to Brisbane when they clash with Souths Logan Magpies who are coming off a 52-0 shellacking at the hands of Easts Tigers.
Magpies coach Josh Hannay will be without Broncos squad member Travis Waddell who is serving a one-match ban for a shoulder charge.
Third-placed Ipswich Jets travel to Bishop Park when they take on the Norths Devils who dropped their third straight match in their tight 13-12 loss to Mackay last weekend.
Devils coach Mark Gliddon will coach his 50th Intrust Super Cup match while the Jets' Marmin Barba only needs four points to bring up 200 for the Jets and seven points to bring up 250 in the Cup.
On the Gold Coast, Burleigh (sixth) will host Easts (fourth) at Pizzey Park with the Bears coming off a strong 32-18 last-start victory over Redcliffe.
The Bears are on the verge of winning four in a row for the first time since 2006-07 while the Tigers have been forced into some changes with veteran centre Shane Neumann injured and young star Cameron Munster on standby to potentially play for the Storm in Canberra.
Tweed Heads and the Sunshine Coast will round out the weekend's action when they clash at Piggabeen Sports.
The Falcons are coming off their first win since July last year with the Seagulls enjoying last weekend off.
For the Falcons, Hymel Hunt moves to centre for Callum Klein with Kenny Bromwich named to start and Jay Lobwein coming onto the bench.
Hooker Slade Griffin will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury in last weekend's win over the Hunters.
Coach Aaron Zimmerle will have Titan Matt Srama on deck for the Seagulls who are seeking their third win of the season and a chance to enter the top six.
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