Round 14 of the In Safe Hands Cup will see the West Brisbane Panthers return from their bye and also to Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park; the venue that saw the comeback of the season in the big cats first meeting in 2017.
In Round 8, the Panthers led the Tigers 36-16 with 16 minutes left on the clock before a hectic final few minutes which ended in giant winger Michael Pouhlia scoring on the siren for Easts to take the two points 44-40.
That encounter registered a point a minute, and the scorers may need to keep sharpening the pencils for this second instalment. The fourth-placed Tigers had been on a five-game winning streak until they came up against Wynnum Manly last week at home, going down 24-14.
For the Panthers, Kane Zalewski returns to the halves bringing his radar boot and long kicking game, while one of the talented Olds brothers in Jamie comes on to the wing, with his brother Ollie unfortunately suffering a season-ending injury.
The mesmerising Maeli Seve returns for the Tigers to torment the Panthers right side defence, and five-eighth in waiting Gene Ropoma will be looking for support players to back up his line breaks and pin-point grubber kicks.
Logan Brothers travel to Kougari Oval to meet the Seagulls. The last time the Brethren took on Wynnum Manly was at Civic Park and Logan led 6-4 at halftime, but the visitors eventually ran out winners 20-14.
While Logan Brothers sit at the bottom of the table, there is no denying that if they bring their A Game for 80 minutes, they will put any opposition to the sword. The Seagulls are well aware, and this could also be another humdinger of a contest.
Logan have the exceptional back three in Evander Cummins, Kieren Battelley and Paul Rokolait to go up against the Seagulls triple threat of Hayden Crowley, Benaiah Bowie and the barnstorming Christian Mika.
Emerson Park will have its own centre ring action on Saturday. In the red corner are the current title holders, the Redcliffe Dolphins, and in the blue corner the Valleys Diehards. Just like at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon, this too shapes as another title fight between to traditional foes. In their last meeting; the Dolphins came out swinging and had Valleys on the ropes for most of the bout at Dolphin Oval. It was a unanimous point’s decision in the end to the homeside 44-6.
Look out for the tussle between two of the best halves combination when the referee calls them to centre field. Hayden Hansen will pair with Mitch Wilson, and Valleys have Aaron Clode along with Rowan Klein. Redcliffe remain equal top with Wynnum Manly while the Diehards are equal fifth with the Jets.
In Safe Hands Cup - Round 14 teams
Wynnum Manly v Logan Brothers at Kougari Oval, Saturday, July 1 - 4.15pm
1. Benaiah Bowie 2. Christian Mika 3. Brad Mana 4. Mitchell McMillan 5. Hayden Crowley 6. Paora Kemp 7. Ben Cronin 8. Josh Hoffman 9. Corey Davis 10. Ben Shea 11. Brendon McBryde 12. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 13. Billy Solah 14. Cody McIntosh 15. Andrew Clayton 16. Semisi Ahoafi 17. Kelly Tate 18. Jacob Paulo
Coach: Ron Troutman
1.Evander Cummins 2. Paul Rokolait 3. Chria Tauelangi 4. Matt Parata 5. Kieran Battelley 6. Cameron Boga 7. LJ Waddups 8. Reece Summer 9. Jack Walters 10. Jordan Mago 11. Darcy Sims 12. Leon Panapa 13. Ben Faulkner 14. Kalolo Saitaua 15. Ambrose Fenn 16. Ty Etimani 17. Otu Talakai
Coach: Steven Bretheton
Valleys Diehards v Redcliffe Dolphins at Emerson Park, Saturday, July 1 – 3pm
1. Andrew Lancaster 2. Dane Chang 3. Matt Paulo 4. Greg Miglio 5. Tom Collins 6. Aaron Clode 7. Rowan Klein 8. Tama Koopu 9. Chris Aiton 10. Mattias Hemuli 11. Ryley Kajewski 12. Liam Herrington 13. Troyden Watene 14. Joe McKenna 15. Paul Ivan 16. Rajan Opetia-Halls 17. Jacob Kelly
Coach: Don Gailer
1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Josh Beehag 3. Sonny Munroe 4. Sam Leach 5. Shaun Rees 6. Mitch Wilson 7. Hayden Hansen 8. Samson Graham 9. Sheldon Pitama 10. Ben King 22. Brandpn Lee 12. Nick Ritter 13. Agassi Stowers 14. Corban Daniels 15. Josh Rudolph 16. Elliott Thompson 17. Rinsma Saueha
Coach: Daniel Green
Easts Tigers v West Brisbane Panthers at Suzuki Stadium Saturday, July 1 – 3pm
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 Vailea 13. Brandon George 14. Brett Ferguson 15. Mason Pakai 16. Fran Fualema 17. Matt Richards
Coach: David Krause
West Brisbane Panthers
1. Jake Dornan 2. Adam Wickins 3. Shaun Tupou 4. Kennedy Pettyborne 5. Jamie Olds 6. Kane Zalewski 7. Luke Straser 8. Erik Koelbel 9. Aaron Watson 10. Jarrod Blanke 11. Ashley Harawira 12. James Sharkie 13. Troy Swift 14. Dominic Biondi 15. Ethan Richards 16. Ethan Marrinan 17. TBA
Coach: Wayne Weekes
Ipswich Jets – bye