The final round of the In Safe Hands Cup will be played this weekend with four of the five final spots yet to be determined.
West Brisbane Panthers, Valleys and Wynnum Manly are all finals bound, but where they finish in the top five is still up in the air.
The Jets sit in sixth position and a win at home over the Seagulls will not be enough for them to progress to next week; unless the Tigers are defeated at Civic Park by Logan Brothers.
Ipswich v Seagulls will start the final round. When these two sides last met in Round 15, the Seagulls claimed the contest 36-18. The Jets have only won two games since then, but their performance against Logan Brothers last week was one of their best.
Both camps have some zippy backs and defence will be the key out wide. Ono So’Oialo and Bernard Mosby are two of the best when it comes to creating something from nothing. Once they get into open space – it’s try time. Same can be said of Seagulls Christian Mika and Hayden Crowley.
If the Seagulls win, and win well (plus have other results go their way), a second-place finish is possible. The Jets have to win and sweat on the 3pm game.
The Tigers have a very simple equation, a win against Logan will secure fifth place in the finals.
The Brethren were too good for the Tigers at Suzuki Stadium on July 9 and will look to finish the season on a high. With a near-perfect completion rate, they took the three points with their 30-18 win – but not before a second half comeback from Easts.
At Arana, the West Brisbane Panthers will tackle neighbours Valleys at 3.15pm. A win to either side will put them into second place and a home semi-final is theirs.
Punters will be in for a treat as two of the biggest packs go toe-to-toe. Both teams have some of the best finishers in the game so all for corner posts should see plenty of action.
The Diehards outmuscled the Panthers last time they met at Emerson Park. In a scrappy affair, the home side ran out winners 18-4. Wests have won three of the past four games since then; that loss was last week.
The Panthers will still be bruised after a bash-a-thon with the minor premiers Redcliffe last Saturday. While they came back against Redcliffe, they made too many errors and gave the Dolphins too much ball.
Wests have Kane Zalewski back in the halves and will pair with the dynamic Luke Strasser. Josh Afoa was at his barnstorming best last week after returning from injury.
Valleys have the luxury of rolling out the same side that defeated Easts last week at home. Don Gailer while happy with the result, but said allowing the Tigers back into the contest was a disappointment.
Joe Bond, Chris Aiton and Rowan Klein will need to be shut down as they have a brutal pack and points in the backs.
IN SAFE HANDS CUP - ROUND 21
August 19-20, 2017
Ipswich Jets v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at North Ipswich Reserve, Saturday, August 19 – 1.05pm
1. Ono So’Oialo 2. Bernard Mosby 3. Anthony Komboi 4. Brendan Marshall 5. Rendy Mam-Gibuma 6. Chris Ash 7. Mikaere Beattie 8. Fine-Callum Faingaa 9. Denzel King 10. Rowan Winterfield 11. Nathan Gaulton 12. Isimeeli Hafoka 13. Tu’u Maori 14. Jesse Miles 15. Hugh Sedger 16. Benji Hetra 17. Warren Warrena
Coach: Mark Bishop
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Hayden Crowley 2. Benaiah Bowie 3. Mitchell McMillian 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Christian Mika 6. Paora Kemp 7. Ben Cronin 8. Tanu Wulf 9. Corey Davis 10. Jacob Paulo 11. Kelly Tate 12. Brad Mana 13. Cody McIntosh 14. Te Pirihi Puke Riki 15. Te Rore Puke 16. Carlos Smith 17. Bailey Crompton
Coach: Ron Troutman
Logan Brothers v Easts Tigers at Civic Park, Saturday, August 19 – 3pm
1. Connor Toia 2. Kieran Battelley 3. Paul Rokolati 4. Chris Tauelangi 5. Lincoln Paikea 6. Angus Dorante 7. LJ Waddups 8. Rhys Summer 9. Jack Walters 10. Rhys Melville 11. Darcy Sims 12. Matt Parata 13. Kalolo Saitaua 14. Grayson Putu 15. Kyle Hanson 16. Andrew Pratt 17. Otu Talakai
Coach: Steven Bretherton
1. Brandon Downey 2. Connor Jones 3. Leon Ellia-Niukore 4. Brett Ferguson 5. David McKenna 6. Kevin Bell 14. Rex Johnson 8. Gene Ropoama 9. Charles Burchell 10. John Puna 11. Luke Lavelle 12. Jack Schaffer 13. Anton Iaria 15. Liufau Hala 16. Frank Faulema. 17. Matt Richards, 19. Ryan Cameron
Coach: David Krause
West Brisbane Panthers v Valleys Diehards at Kev McKell Oval, Saturday, August 19 – 3.15pm
West Brisbane Panthers
1. Adam Wickins 2. Paul Ulberg 3. Michael Pearsall 4. Kennedy Pettyborne 5. Jamie Olds 6. Kane Zalewski 7. Luke Strasser 8. Erik Koelbel 9. Aaron Watson 10. Jared Blanke 11. Ashley Harawira 12. Jake Kelly 13. Dominic Biondi 14. Shaun Tupou 15. Ethan Marrinan 16. Josh Afoa 17. Mitchell Hallinan
Coach: Wayne Weekes
1.Andrew Lancaster 2. Tom Collins 3. Ryley Kajewski 4. Jyde Dwyer 5. Stacey Everitt 6. Rowan Klein 7. Joe Bond 20. Dylan Smith 9. Chris Aiton 10. Liam Herrington 11. Paul Ivan 19. Troyden Watene 13. Jacob Kelly 14. Callum Klein 15. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 16. Mattais Heimuli 17. Aaron Clode
Coach: Don Gailer
Redcliffe Dolphins – bye