THE Skills Training Mackay Cutters are expecting a heated match against Tweed Heads Seagulls at Virgin Australia Stadium today.
Instead of the usual 6pm kick-off, the match will start at 3pm to allow the Whitsunday Miners' Queensland State League game against FNQ Bulls at the stadium at 7.30pm.
Forward leader Jardine Bobongie said the early start wouldn't make much difference to the Cutters, who will be looking for their second successive win at the stadium after beating Norths Devils 30-28 last weekend.
"A home game in the daylight. Hopefully we'll get a good turnout for it," Bobongie said. "The night is a lot cooler. A bit of daylight can make it a bit heated, and I know it's more frustrating for the players.
"We had a good win last week, but there are a few things we have to work on, including finishing off the game in the last five minutes of each half."
The Cutters almost let a point slip last week when they conceded two tries in the last five minutes after gaining a 12-point lead.
Coach Anthony Seibold has brought Matt Minto to halfback to partner captain Grant Rovelli in the halves, with last week's man of the match Michael Morgan missing the round after requiring a minor operation on his foot.
Bobongie said the presence of Cowboys players Morgan and Minto should give the Cutters some continuity in the halves, an area of concern for the team last season when injury forced them into many changes.
Classy Tweed centre James Wood will play his 150th Cup Intrust Super Cup match today, and will face up to Moses Pangai, one of the strike weapons in a strong Cutters outfit.
A close clash is likely. Six of the eight meetings between the teams have been decided by a converted try or less, while the last two games finished in draws.
Mackay Cutters v Tweed Heads Seagulls
Virgin Australia Stadium, 3pm today
Gates open 2pm