Taipans v Wildcats - 6th Jan - 6:30pm AEST
IMHO this could be a big game. Cairns aren't having the season they wanted, and the finals are a distant dream, but these are two big home games coming up. Wins would really give their fans something to smile about. They have lost both games to the Cats so far, and must travel to Perth again in a few weeks. Nobody likes to suffer a whitewash, so if pride counts for anything they will have plenty to play for.
The Cats needed to come away from this "road trip" with 3 wins, to set up their run home. This is their 5th game and they're at 2:2.
They should be well rested, and on paper they are the better team, but they have a habbit of sloppy performances on the road.
Realistically, the top 4 teams are tied at the moment. Perth and MU have the advantage, but only just. If Perth can win this game, and stay injury free, I'd back their run home (6 homes games and a single trip to Sydney) to deliver then outright 1st. But remember they have already lost the split to NZ, and need to beat MU in Perth to take that split.
I have no info on any injuries to Perth. they should be well rested, but accidents happen even at training.
Cairns were without Weigh and Starks in the loss to the Kings, thats 20+ points gone, but it didn't stop them against NZ. I'm predicting another ugly low-scoring game. Cairns will be frantic on defence to try to bridge the gap, and Perth may well get sloppy, but in the end I think they just have too many offensive options.