THIS weekend's sole Wizard Cup fixture could produce any result, with exciting newcomers filling in for experienced campaigners and two teams hungry for victory on live TV.
IPSWICH v SOUTHS LOGAN QLD Group Stadium, Saturday June 24, 2.00pm *Live on ABC TV Referee: Gerard Sutton
THE STORY: The absence of central figures Danny Coburn and Brandon Costin gives this match an unpredictable edge. Both captains will be absent on City Country duties. Their places have been filled respectively by exciting youngsters Mananui Te Heu Heu and Chris Sandow. Souths Logan needs a win to keep it in touch with the top five, while Ipswich is still a mathematical chance of the finals, despite a 70-10 drubbing by Toowoomba last week.
THE STAT: Souths Logan has won the last two matches between these clubs, however both were played at Brandon Park. In April the Magpies prevailed 31-30 in a thriller, in which Brandon Costin kicked the winning field-goal. He also booted five goals and scored a try. The last match these two teams played in Ipswich resulted in a 30-26 win for the Jets.
THE STAR: Marsden State High student Chris Sandow is one of the most talked-about juniors in some time. A statewide audience will witness his debut for Souths Logan, a week after he scored two spectacular tries for the Queensland Under 17s against New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium. Already signed by the Gold Coast Titans and a true showman, he now has to prove himself in the senior arena.
Ipswich Jets Players: 1. Luke WALKER 2. Ben McFADGEAN 3. Chris SCANLAN 4. Ricky DODD 5. Allan PETERSEN 6. Travis BAKER 7. Aaron WERTH 13. Mananui TE HEU HEU 12. Joel REITHMULLER 11. Daniel FULLARTON 10. Isaak AH MAU 9. Geoff HOLCOMBE 8. Cameron MULCAHY
Interchange: 14. Matt CAMERON 15. TBA 16. Tyson LOFIPO 17. Joe SANG-YUM
Coach: Trevor GILLMEISTER
Souths Logan Magpies Players: 1. Quentin LAULU-TOGAGAE 2. Tyrone COPPEDGE 3. Mase LAULU-TOGAGAE 4. Damian WILLIS 5. Michael ANSCHAU 6. Phil DENNIS 7. Chris SANDOW 13. Jason MITCHELL 12. Tanu WULF 11. Jerry AHERN 10. Josh GRIFFITH 9. Cameron JOYCE 8. Tim CANNARD
Interchange: 14. Stanley FAU 15. Chris McGURK 16. Derek FLETCHER 17. Adam SHEPPARD
Coach: Mark GLIDDON
NORTHS CHARGES: James Aubusson (Grade 1 Careless High Tackle + 93 carry-over pts, Not Guilty)
REDCLIFFE CHARGES: Nick Emmett (Grade 3 Tripping + 93 carry-over pts, Downgrade, 2wks + 24pts)
TWEED HEADS CHARGES: Dean Allen (Grade 1 Careless High Tackle, Early Plea, 0wks + 56pts)
ROUND 15 (WEEK 2) SATURDAY 1 JULY BURLEIGH V REDCLIFFE PIZZEY PARK 2.00PM* EASTS V WYNNUM MANLY LANGLANDS PARK 3.30PM CENTRAL V TOOWOOMBA BROWNE PARK 7.30PM
SATURDAY 2 JULY NORTHS V TWEED HEADS BISHOP PARK 3.00PM NORTH QLD BYE