The BRL competition take a break this weekend for the Chairman's Challenge, but there are two catch-up games taking place on Saturday - match details listed below:
Redcliffe Dolphins v Easts Tigers
Burpengary Sports Field
The Tigers escaped with a one-point win over West Brisbane Panthers last start and have a few significant additions this weekend, with Maeli Seve and Billy Walters returning after playing Intrust Super Cup. Walters, the son of Broncos’ legend Kevin, earned his top grade debut last weekend against Ipswich from the bench. He reverts to his more-accustomed position of halfback, while Seve slots in at fullback, pushing speedster Brandon Downey to the wing.
After winning their opening two matches, the Dolphins have hit a slight form slump. They’ve dropped their past two games and conceded 13 tries in the process. It’s enough to give coach Daniel Green a few restless nights, but there’s no doubt Redcliffe have the cattle to turn it around. Centre Brett Coutts is one of the form outside backs of the competition, but it will all come down to defence in the middle. A more polished showing from halves Alex Bishop and Kyle van Klaveren would also be on Green’s wish list. A win for Redcliffe would see them move into fourth spot on the ladder.
Carina v Gaters
Leo Williams Oval
Carina continues to head in the right direction, but the club is yet to see results on the ladder. Peter Edwards’ team kept pace with second-placed Wynnum Manly Redland City at BMD Kougari Oval last weekend, holding a 16-12 early in the second half before going down by 16 points. Carina has shown a capacity to match it with any side, but their Achilles heel remains conceding tries in quick bursts. Wynnum Manly put on three in 10 minutes last weekend to take control of the game. Carina needs to hang tough in those periods and find a way to wrestle back momentum.
Their opponents are two-and-two after four rounds and are coming off a close loss to Logan Brothers. Not much separated the two sides in an end-to-end match. Gaters coach Craig Rogers has made three big changes to his side. Fred Tuua and Matt Lennon replace Arthur Brown and James Crawford in the halves, while Marlon Doak returns at fullback. Doak plied his trade in Rockhampton for the Central Queensland Capras last season and has previously represented Australia at touch football.
Team Lists for this weekend’s catch-up rounds: Round 4 catch-up