TOO GOOD: When the Falcons and Cutters last met back in Round 8, it was the Sunshine Coast which prevailed 30-10.
TOO GOOD: When the Falcons and Cutters last met back in Round 8, it was the Sunshine Coast which prevailed 30-10. Patrick Woods

Can Cutters weather the Falcons' Storm

IN WHAT shapes as the Mackay Cutters' biggest game and greatest test of their Intrust Super Cup campaign, Steve Sheppard's men must do the unthinkable and outlast runaway ladder-leaders Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The Cutters host the 18-1 Falcons at BB Print Stadium on Sunday needing a win to keep their slim finals hopes alive.

With Redcliffe occupying the eighth and last finals position, and four points separating them and the Cutters, Mackay need their southern rivals to drop their remaining fixtures - and win most of their own - to sneak into the September action.

Two wins would be enough for the Cutters to go equal on points, but with a 59-point differential separating the two sides Mackay would need a lot to go right for that to happen.

The Cutters can afford just one loss in the remaining four rounds.

Sheppard prayed to the footy gods that his men would not use it up this weekend.

"Our season is on the line. We need to win three of our last four, so we have to be on our game," he said.

"We need to control our ruck. Harry Grant is a great player and hooker. If we control the ruck and take him out of the game hopefully we take their outside backs out too."

The Cutters should be able to run the team list they released on Tuesday, but it was not changes to his roster that worried Sheppard.

Top point scorer Todd Murphy's name was left off the Falcons' team list, but the Cutters coach had his suspicions.

"He's not named but I think he will play," Sheppard said.

"He's former half-back of the competition; really experienced, good kicking game, definitely a threat."

Sunshine Coast have just one of their Melbourne Storm-contracted players available.

Sheppard said the opposition were far from powerless without their purple players.

"It doesn't really matter who they've got there, they're just that full of confidence" he said.

"Hopefully we can pull their pants down on national television."



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