EASTS TIGERS v TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS
Tapout Energy Stadium on Sunday, July 19 – 1.40pm* (Live on Channel 9 / WIN)
Referee: Chris Anderson
Head-to-Head: Townsville 1 Easts 0
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #TIGESvTSVB
Courtesy of QRL Media
Intrust Super Cup leaders Townsville Blackhawks travel to Brisbane to take on the rejuvenated Tigers for the Channel 9 blockbuster at Tapout Energy Stadium.
In their first year in the Intrust Super Cup, the Blackhawks have been dominant from the outset and have now netted 15 wins from 17 outings. Easts are in fifth spot on 23 competition points following their thrilling 18-16 victory over the Ipswich Jets last weekend.
The Tigers will again field a strong line up boosted by the presence of Melbourne Storm contracted players including Mahe Fonua, Matt Duffie, Shaun Nona and Christian Welch. Veteran half Isaac Kaufmann comes into the 17 for young playmaker Billy Walters, who is on representative duties with the XXXX Queensland Rangers.
Now entering the back end of the regular season, the juggernaut that is the Townsville Blackhawks is displaying few chinks – but they will face a stern test here away from home. Easts will also be desperate to atone for their biggest defeat of the year, a 40-12 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks in Round 8.