Norths will draw on the inspiration of two former premiership players as they try to end Redcliffe’s winning streak tomorrow.
Since the Devils last played at Bishop Park five weeks ago, the club has farewelled great servants Fonda Metassa and Mal Breen (both pictured above, Breen in No.6 and Metassa in No.2).
Both men will be remembered tomorrow before the Dolphins game, honouring careers that were burning brightest during the early days of the Norths-Redcliffe rivalry.
Metassa and Breen were integral to Norths’ stirring 17-12 win over the Dolphins in the 1964 knockout final, with Metassa scoring the late try that sunk the fledgling Dolphins.
The Devils went on to win their sixth successive premiership – still a record in the Brisbane competition – but the Dolphins responded the next year to claim their first premiership.
The Devils regained the title in 1966 after the Dolphins fell in the finals, forging a rivalry that continues tomorrow.
Redcliffe has won the last six matches between the clubs.
“This is an historic club and our players are aware of those who have gone before them,” Devils coach Rohan Smith said.
“We’ve had some challenges in recent weeks but we have to keep improving. Redcliffe are a very good team and we know they will be difficult to beat.”
Devils forward Oshae Tuiasau and Dolphins back Jonus Pearson will play their 50th Intrust Super Cup matches tomorrow.