Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The 2021 QLD Intrust Super Cup season has been one of the most exciting and intriguing instalments of the competition in recent years, with a good quality of Rugby League being played, young talent mixing it up with NRL experience and a premiership cup that will go to one of several contenders.
On the weekend Norths cemented themselves as ladder leaders in the Intrust Super Cup with just the one loss to their name all year.
The Devils made their mark last round when they put fellow top eight side the Souths Logan Magpies to the sword in a dominant display.
Norths only loss of the season came at the hands of fellow contenders and defending premiers the Burleigh Bears in round six.
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS
Wynnum Manly started the season off with nine wins and looked unstoppable at the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder, but two losses in three games have seen them drop down to second.
A tough draw awaits them too, as in the next month they face the Burleigh Bears and new table-toppers the Norths Devils.
The Chook Pen will be hoping the Seagulls can bounce back and reaffirm themselves as top contenders during this period.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS
The Tweed Heads have lost just the three games this season, and all three defeats came at the hand of the other top four sides in the competition.
It seems that they’ve just about found the perfect mix of youth and NRL experience with the likes of Jayden Campbell and Toby Sexton benefiting from an imposing forward pack that includes the likes of Herman Ese’ese and Sam Lisone.
After experiencing a short rough patch at the start of season 2021, the defending premier Burleigh Bears have gone on to win six of their past seven games, which includes victories over ladder leaders Norths and most recently the third-placed Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Redcliffe is on the cusp of the top four sides but recently made a gargantuan statement by defeating the Wynnum Manly Seagulls last weekend.
The club has become known for being involved in tight games that are decided towards the very end, and luckily for them, the Dolphins have often ended up on the winning side of the scoreline.
Interestingly, they are the only QLD Intrust Super Cup club with a bid to join the NRL that looks likely to play finals football, which could factor into their chances of having said bid accepted.
Townsville Blackhawks, Souths Logan Magpies, Northern Pride and Sunshine Coast Falcons