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BRL A Grade In Safe Hands preview

By Brisbane Rugby League Media John Devine

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For the first time since the Brisbane Rugby League competition was reformed, Friday night footy is on with the In Safe Hands Cup’s three fixtures spread across three days this weekend.

Tonight, the Easts Tigers will host the Ipswich Jets at Suzuki Stadium at 7.30pm for game one in Round 12.

As has been the trend all year, a team has strung together a winning streak at some stage.

The Tigers are that side at the moment. Shooting for their fifth straight victory, their last loss was to the Seagulls in Round 6, 26-10 at BMD Kougari Oval.

Ipswich had built some momentum until the Panthers went to North Ipswich Reserve last week.

The last time Easts and the Jets played, Ipswich came back from 24-10 at halftime to take it, 42-30.

With the dazzling ability in both sides to score tries, another 72 points may well be put on the Suzuki Stadium scoreboard. Both sides have named a relatively unchanged line up from Round 11.

The Panthers are finally back at home on Saturday when they will take on Logan Brothers. The Panthers early season form returned last week against the Jets.

Logan have had an extended break due to two byes. The Brethren, after their last break, put it to Wynnum Manly (Round 8) and Ipswich (Round 9), and coach Steve Bretherton will be looking for that same commitment to return against Wests.

Panthers coach Wayne Weekes has promoted utility Ash Harawira to the starting 13 to create havoc in the middle of the park.

Logan will have halves Cameron Boga and LJ Waddups behind a pack that is hungry for a win. Both sides were locked in a ding-dong of a clash at Davies Park in Round 5 before a Panthers comeback got Wests home 34-22.

Sunday’s clash between the Wynnum Manly and the Redcliffe at Kougari Oval will be a ripper. The Seagulls will look for a massive improvement this time around. The last time the Dolphins went to Kougari Oval was in last year’s qualifying final. Redcliffe were white and red hot that night.  Both coaches are looking to bounce back after losing their last round games, for Redcliffe it was their second in a row.

Redcliffe were too good in Round 5 taking the two points at Dolphin Oval, 26-6.

The ‘Phins have a relentless forward pack led by Nathan Watts and Taylor Brown. They will need to be at their aggressive best for their visit to Wynnum.  

The Seagulls have a huge starting pack plus a massive bench, with the inclusion of Corey Davis.

Redcliffe will have their hands full with Wynnum’s back three and coach Ron Troutman’s’ weaponry includes winger Christian Mika and Hayden Crowley plus Benaiah Bowie at fullback.

IN SAFE HANDS CUP - ROUND 12                  

Easts Tigers v Ipswich Jets
Suzuki Stadium Friday - June 17 – 7.30pm

Easts Tigers

1. Adrian Henley 2. Michael Pouhila 3. Maeli Seve 4. Jack Schaffer 5. David McKenna   6. Brayden Torpy 7. James salter 8. Gene Ropoama 9. Charles Burchell 10. Andrew Thompson 11. Michael Egan 12. Tekina Valiea 13. Brandon George 14. Brett Ferguson 15. Mason Paki 16. Frank Fualema 17. Matt Richards

Coach: David Krause

Ipswich Jets

1. Ono So’Oialo 2. Bernard Mosby 3. Josh Damen 4. Isimeeli Hafoka 5. Rendy Mam-Gibuma 6. Chastyn Bowen 7. Mikaere Beattie 8. Hugh Sedger   9. Peter Whittaker   10. Fine-Callum Faingaa 11. Tu’u Maori 12. Denzel King 13. Landon Hayes 14. Jayden Connors 15. Liam Sue-Tin 16. Isaac Chrichton 17. David Tahavalu

Coach: Mark Bishop 

West Brisbane Panthers v Logan Brothers
Kev McKell Oval Saturday, June 17 – 3.15pm
PantherTV Livestream

West Brisbane Panthers

1. Jake Dornan 2. Adam Wickins 3. Michael Pearsall 4. Kennedy Pettyborne 5. Paul Uhlburg 6. Sean Tupou 7. Luke Strasser 8. Eric Keolbel 9. Aaron Watson 10. Troy Swift 11. Jake Kelly 12. James Sharkie 13. Ashley Harawira 14. Jared Blanke 15. Ethan Richards 16. Ryan Dornan 17. Ethan Marrinan

Coach: Wayne Weekes

Logan Brothers

1. Steve Tolo 2. Kieran Battelely 3. Nick Doyle 4. Chris Taulangi 5. Evander Cummins 6. Cameron Boga 7. LJ Waddups 8. Reece Summer 9. Jack Walters 10. Ben Faulkner 11. Darcy Sims 12. Ty Etimani 13. Declan Morrissey 14. Jye Boyd 15. Ambrose Fenn 16. Mitch Hallinan Declan 17. Otu Talakai

Coach: Steven Bretheton

Wynnum Manly v Redcliffe Dolphins
BMD Kougari Oval Sunday, June 18 – 11.50am
BRLTV LIVESTREAM

Wynnum Manly Seagulls 

1.Benaiah Bowie 2. Christian Mika 3. Mitchell Buckett 4. Mitchell McMillan 5. Hayden Crowley 6. Paora Kemp 7. Ben Cronin 8. Josh Hoffman 9. John Te Reo 10. Ben Shea 11. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 12. Brendon McBryde 13. Brad Mana 14. Kelly Tate 15. Billy Solah 16. Corey Davis 17. Andrew Clayton 18. Cody McIntosh
Coach: Ron Troutman

Redcliffe Dolphins 

1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Josh Beehag 3. Sonny Munroe 4. Sam Leach 5. Shaun Rees 6. Joe Bradley 7. Jack Ahearn 8. Nathan Watts 9. Hayden Hansen 10. Taylor Brown 11. Jaz Nahu-Main 12. Josh Rudolph 13. Samson Graham14. Agassi Stowers 15. Ben King 22. Shane Pumipi 17. Rinsma Saueha Daniel Graham
Coach: Daniel Green