Round 13 of the Hostplus Cup will feature a number of special celebrations throughout the competition, also including BMD Indigenous Round, coinciding with NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week will take place this year from July 3 to July 10, with the theme Get Up! Stand up! Show up! Rugby league clubs are encouraged to connect with Indigenous communities and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Most clubs – including Burleigh Bears, Brisbane Tigers, Souths Logan Magpies, Norths Devils, Ipswich Jets, Mackay Cutters, Northern Pride, Central Queensland Capras and Wynnum Manly Seagulls – will wear specially designed Indigenous jerseys for the round, with detailed explanations of the illustrations and the meaning behind them which are shared on their club websites and social media accounts.
Here’s your round 13 ‘stats pack’ with all the numbers you need to know for this weekend’s games, courtesy of Brad Tallon.
Hostplus Cup round 13
Ipswich Jets vs PNG Hunters
head to head: PNG Hunters 9, Ipswich Jets 4
hashtags: #HostplusCup #PNGvJETS
- The Jets took their first win of the season on their final appearance and are hoping to score a win for their home fans this weekend
- They will be up against a Hunters side with a number of players who were part of an impressive PNG Kumuls win in their Pacific Test against Fiji Bati last weekend
- The side also welcomes skipper Ila Alu from injury
- While the Hunters have the direct advantage, the Jets have won two of the past three games between these two sides
- Neither side has won consecutive matches between these two sides at North Ipswich Reserve. The Jets won their last game in 2018
- Overall, though, the Jets have lost their last six home games
- The Hunters have lost their last two and four of their last five away games
- The Jets try to avoid their 300th loss in their 566th Cup game. The side has 248 wins and 18 draws
- This Saturday, the Jets are hosting their annual Indigenous Appreciation Day to celebrate the start of NAIDOC week. On match day, a pre-match performance by Nunukal Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Company will be performed. To add an extra flavor to the celebration of a big game, there will also be PNG food stalls, a PNG performance for halftime and music
Sunshine Coast Falcons – Townsville Blackhawks
head to head: Townsville Blackhawks 8, Sunshine Coast 5
hashtags: #HostplusCup #TSVBvFALCONS
- The Falcons are high up the ladder in second place despite losing the last two games
- Their opponents this week, the Blackhawks, got back on track in Round 12 with a win against Brisbane Tigers
- The Blackhawks have won the past two and three of the past four games between these two sides at the Sunshine Coast Stadium
- The Falcons lost their last home game, but had won their previous six games at the stadium
- In team news, Michael Carroll returns to the wing for the Blackhawks, while a number of changes are planned for the Falcons, including the return of Daniel Atkinson and Jack Wright in the halves
Central Queensland Capras v Tweed Seagulls
head to head: Tweed Seagulls 26, Central Queensland 7, draw 1
hashtags: #HostplusCup #CAPRASvTWEED
- Top three team the Capras are home to top six team the Seagulls in what should be a close match game
- The Capras have two wins and a draw from their last three games
- The Seagulls have won the past five and 17 of the past 18 games between these two sides, including the past nine games at Browne Park
- The Capras have been in good form at home lately, having won their last four games at Browne Park
- The Seagulls will try to break that trend but have mixed form, having won their last two and three of their last four road races
Northern Pride v Burleigh Bears
head to head: Northern Pride 13, Burleigh Bears 9, equal 1
hashtags: #HostplusCup #PRIDEvBEARS
- The Bears have been in formidable form in recent weeks, winning their last eight games, including their last five away games
- The Pride have two wins and a draw from their last four home games
- The Bears have won the last three games between these two sides, including the last two at Barlow Park
- This will be the 100th cup game coached by Ty Williams. Williams has coached at Pride throughout his Cup career, racking up 36 wins, four draws and 50 losses. He is the 21st coach to reach 100 cup matches
Souths Logan Magpies v Mackay Cutters
head to head: Souths Logan Magpies 20, Mackay Cutters 4, draw 1
hashtags: #HostplusCup #MAGPIESvCUTTERS
- The Magpies are back at Davies Park this week after hosting Tweed Seagulls in their round 9 make-up game at Marsden State High School last weekend
- The Magpies have lost their last six games
- However, when it comes to games against this week’s opponents, the Cutters, the Magpies have won 10 and have drawn one of the last 11 games played between these two sides.
- The Magpies have 11 wins and a draw in their 13 home games against the Cutters. Mackay’s only win was at Davies Park in 2012
- The Cutters have only won one win in the past 15 games between the two sides, taking a win at Mackay in 2014.
- The Magpies have had four defeats and a draw in their last five home games, while the Cutters have won their last two away games.
- In team news, the Magpies have named Queensland Under 19 representatives Blake Mozer and Harradyn Wilson in their lineup
Brisbane Tigers v Redcliffe Dolphins
head to head: Redcliffe Dolphins 34, Tigers 18, draw 1
hashtags: #HostplusCup #TIGERSvPHINS
Broadcast: Qplus.tv, 9Now, Kayo Freebies and Hostplus Cup Facebook
- The Tigers are back at home at Langlands Park this weekend, taking on longtime rivals the Dolphins
- The Tigers have lost the last three games and are aiming to get back on track and replace the Dolphins in the top eight on the ladder.
- At home, however, the Tigers have had three wins and a draw in their last four home games
- The Dolphins have won four and drawn one of their last five games and won their last two away games
- The two clubs have a strong history of playing against each other, with the Dolphins generally holding a dominant record. The visitors have also won the past three and seven of the past eight matches between these two sides
Norths Devils v Wynnum Manly Seagulls
head to head: Wynnum Manly 26, Norths Devils 21, draw 2
hashtags: #HostplusCup #DEVILSvWYN
- This will be the 50th cup match played between these two parties
- Wynnum Manly has won the last two games and also won the last two away games while Norths has lost the last two home games
- Overall, while Wynnum Manly has the slight advantage in head-to-head, Norths has won the previous two games between these two sides
- Adam Brideson – who recently announced his intention to give up his role with the Seagulls at the end of the season – will coach his 106th Cup game to pass Anthony Griffin and move up to 17th place with Kevin Walters
- Wynnum Manly tries to avoid their 250th loss in their 575th cup competition. The club has 307 wins and 18 draws
You can watch all Hostplus Cup matches on QPlus.tv.