Rd 8 team to play Blackhawks
Strong winning squad retained for tough clash
Highlights from victory over Norths
Some of the tries and lead-up from last Sunday are worth watching
Devil of a victory at Bishop Park
The Gulls celebrated Zimmo's century milestone with first win of '17
Seagulls and Jets to fly in Hawaii
ISC teams Tweed Heads and Ipswich will play in Waikiki this October
2017 Intrust Super Cup Draw
Details of the 2017 Intrust Super Cup draw
Co-captain Damian Sironen certainly gave his all in Sunday's clash against Burleigh Bears - topping the tackle count with 36 in his 62 minutes on the field.
And second-rower Lamar Liolevave, in probably his best performance of the season, was also tireless in an 80-minute effort. He ran for 134 metres - bettered only by fullback Talor Walters (136m from 17 carries) - and also made 27 tackles.
The Romano Group Seagulls take on Norths Devils this Sunday in round 7 at Bishop Park (3.30pm) and coach Aaron Zimmerle, in charge of his 100th game in the Intrust Super Cup, has made mimimal changes to the squad that competed so well against premiers Burleigh Bears last Sunday.
Big prop Kurt Bernard, who had to return to New Zealand for a family funeral, comes back into the squad which also includes Titans forward Morgan Boyle who impressed in his NRL debut against Canberra last Saturday.
It was a clash between two desperate teams in the QRL Rivalry Round match-up between the Romano Group Seagulls and Burleigh Bears - and it certainly produced plenty of highlights.
The Gulls were unlucky not to come away woith their first points of the season but waked away knowing victory looks just around the corner with a willing performance.
A controversial no-try decision by the video referee cost a much-improved Romano Group Tweed Heads Seagulls a chance to storm home over local rivals Burleigh Bears in Sunday’s Rivalry Round clash at Pizzey Park.
Down 20-10 with 10 minutes remaining, Seagulls fullback Talor Walters ran onto a neat inside pass from halfback Michael Burgess in a set-move started by co-skipper Damian Sironen going to the line hard just inside the Bears’ half.
Pictured: Bears prop Matt White is confronted by Seagulls defenders Sam Meskell and Sam Saville.
The spotlight will shine on the game’s rich history this weekend with the staging of XXXX Rivalry Round in the Intrust Super Cup.
The annual round pits traditional rivals against each other with some mouth-watering match-ups taking place across the state, from Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast to Barlow Park in the Far North.
The Pizzey Park clash between the Romano Group Tweed Heads Seaguls and Burleigh Bears will epitomise the desperation on display throughout the round as both teams strive for their first win of the season.
Adding further fuel to the fire is the intense history between the two clubs, which can’t be split in the head-to-head stakes with 13 wins apiece and a draw.
QRL Head of Football Neil Wharton said fans could look forward to an outstanding weekend of rugby league.
“XXXX Rivalry Round is always a terrific event on the QRL calendar as it brings out the best in our players and coaches,” Wharton said.
“Rugby league is a game built on passion and pride, and you will see both traits come to the fore across all seven venues this weekend.”
As the major sponsor of the QRL for more than 20 years, XXXX is once again thrilled to support the initiative.
“At XXXX, we’re extremely proud of our long association with rugby league in Queensland, from the Maroons right through to the grassroots level of the game,” said XXXX National Field Sales Director, Damien Mori.
“What excites us most about this weekend is the opportunity to get behind a major state-wide competition which has such strong community support.”
That community support will be on display in Rockhampton and Cairns, as well as five south east Queensland venues.
Rockhampton’s Browne Park will pit the Central Queensland Capras against the Mackay Cutters, while the match in Cairns between the Northern Pride and Townsville Blackhawks will celebrate the origins of the historic Foley Shield.
Round 6 will officially kick off with an intriguing clash between the Ipswich Jets and Easts Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
The clubs have developed an intense rivalry over the years, with 42 players having played for both the Jets and Tigers since the Cup competition commenced in 1996.
This match will be followed by another explosive Saturday afternoon encounter between the Sunshine Coast Falcons and PNG Hunters.
In a result that sent shockwaves through the 2016 competition, the Falcons knocked the Hunters out of the premiership race with a stirring victory on PNG soil.
On Sunday, Channel 9 viewers will be able to tune into the Burleigh v Tweed clash, which will be followed by a further two Sunday afternoon blockbusters.
Traditional Brisbane combatants Souths Logan Magpies and Norths Devils face off at Davies Park, while BMD Kougari Oval plays host to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Redcliffe Dolphins.
The match-up between the Magpies and Devils will be a beauty, with both clubs among the most improved in the competition.
Norths lead the Intrust Super Cup with four wins from their opening five games, but the Magpies can draw level on eight competition points if they upset Chris Sandow’s Devils.
Another epic encounter is set to light up the Bayside, as the Seagulls aim to get over the top of the in-form Dolphins in front of their passionate home fans.
XXXX Rivalry Round
Saturday, April 8
Ipswich Jets v Easts Tigers at North Ipswich Reserve 4pm
Sunshine Coast Falcons v PNG Hunters at Sunshine Coast Stadium 4.35pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 4 Sunshine Coast 3
Northern Pride v Townsville Blackhawks at Barlow Park 5.30pm
CQ Capras v Mackay Cutters at Browne Park 6pm
Sunday, April 9
Burleigh Bears v Tweed Heads Seagulls at Pizzey Park 1.40pm (Channel 9)
Souths Logan Magpies v Norths Devils at Davies Park 3pm
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Redcliffe Dolphins at BMD Kougari Oval 3pm
Head-to-Head: Redcliffe 26 Wynnum 17 Drawn 2