Intrust Super Cup: Rivalry Round preview
Rivalry is the buzz word this weekend in the Intrust Super Cup and it doesn’t get much bigger than the showdown between the Tweed Heads Seagulls and Burleigh Bears.
Launched in 2012, the annual XXXX Rivalry Round pits rival teams against each other with some mouth-watering match-ups taking place across the state.
The main highlight this weekend is certain to be the clash between local rivals Tweed Heads and Burleigh at Piggabeen Sports on Sunday afternoon.
In what shapes as a genuine intra-club trial between players affiliated with the Gold Coast Titans, both sides are in desperate need of the two competition points on offer to keep within striking distance of a finals position.
The Bears (eighth place) are coming off a one-point win over the Mackay Cutters while the 10th-placed Seagulls are looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Seagulls edge the head-to-head record over the Bears by 12 games to 11, with one draw, which took place in Round 17 last year, and both teams are brimming with Titans-contracted players.
Davin Crampton, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Leva Li, Matt Robinson, Jamal Fogarty and Agnatius Paasi will line up for Aaron Zimmerle's side with Brad Tighe, Jamie Dowling and David Hala appearing for Jim Lenihan's Bears.
Burleigh is without flying winger Kevin Gordon who links up with the Titans as a replacement for the injured David Mead.
Another tantalising Rivalry Round clash takes place in Channel Nine's televised game between Brisbane rivals Norths Devils and Easts Tigers with coverage starting from 1.30pm on Sunday.
The sixth-placed Tigers come into the game on the back of three-straight losses but will be firm favourites against the Devils who sit second last on the ladder having only won three games all season.
XXXX Rivalry Round wouldn’t be complete without having the battle of the bayside between fierce foes Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the Redcliffe Dolphins.
The Seagulls are flying high in third spot despite a last-start loss against the Northern Pride and will be looking to get back into the winner's circle against an in-form Redcliffe (ninth), who have won three in a row including a 68-16 thrashing of CQ Capras last weekend.
Sunday's final match takes place between defending champions Northern Pride and 2013 premiers Mackay Cutters at Barlow Park in Cairns.
The Pride (seventh) and Cutters (fifth) won and lost by one-point respectively in Round 11 and as a result betting is even between both sides with punters unsure who will snare the two points.
There are two matches taking place on Saturday with the first between Souths Logan Magpies and the Ipswich Jets at Davies Park.
Having only taken one win from their first nine games, the Magpies have won two on the fly and will provide a stern test for the Jets who are on a four-match winning streak and sit in second place on the ladder behind the Townsville Blackhawks on for-and-against.
On Saturday night the CQ Capras will be hoping to move off the bottom of the ladder with a win over fellow strugglers Sunshine Coast Falcons at Rockhampton's Browne Park.
The Capras are chasing their first win since the opening round of the season, while the Falcons are winless since Round 6.
The Blackhawks and PNG Hunters both receive byes this weekend and an automatic two points.