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BRL In Safe Hands Cup; Round 6 preview

The BRL A Grade In Safe Hands Cup rolls into its sixth round tomorrow (Saturday) with Easts hosting defending premiers Valleys at Suzuki Stadium, the West Brisbane Panthers hosting the Bayside Seagulls at Kev McKell Oval and the Magpies heading to Jim Lawrie Oval to take on Redcliffe.

The top-of-the-table clash between the Panthers and Seagulls should be of higher quality than their first meeting this year.

In Round 1, the Seagulls went down to the Panthers at BMD Kougari Oval 22-12. It was the season opener so teething problems from both camps were expected, and eventuated.

Since then, the Panthers and Seagulls have installed themselves as early competition favourites with solid performances so far this season.

The Panthers are without centre Sonny Munroe, who has suffered a knee injury, but Mitch Hallinan returns to a bench chock full of metre eaters which should complement a starting six looking to cause havoc in the opening 20-minutes.

It won't be easy, as the Seagulls have a collection of 'hardmen' who will look to defend their turf, even without skipper Mitch Moore who has been called up to Intrust Super Cup duties.

This shapes as the must-see game of the round and will be broadcast live on BRLTV from 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere, the Tigers look to solidify their Round 5 performance which saw them secure their first win of the season when they take on the Diehards.

The Tigers turned up in the second half last week against the Magpies and were finally able to put a solid second 40 together.

They will need to do it again against the Diehards. Back in Round 1, they led Valleys 20-16 with 13 to go, but the Diehards came home the better in front of their home crowd to win 34-20.

Both the Tigers and Diehards have named new halves pairings. The Tigers have the dynamic James Salter packing plenty of experience to join Josh Cuti.

Callum Klein, fresh from a double last week, joins Jordan Mitchell in the halves for Valleys. The halves who manage to dominate this clash should be bashing the wheelie bin in the change room post-game.

Finally, Redcliffe have the 'home' game this week against the Magpies, all be it at Jim Lawrie Oval on Saturday Night.

The Dolphins had a massive start to their 2018 campaign putting the Magpies away 44-10 in their previous encounter.

The Magpies have shown that with ball in hand and momentum on their side they also have the ability to put teams away, as they did when they bounced back against Valleys in Round 2.

Redcliffe had fresh blood in their starting 17 last week against the Panthers and stayed in touch with West Brisbane until a penalty kick in front two minutes from the final siren.

The Dolphins newest halves combination of Reece Braun and Harry Skinner should at least now know each other's names, such was the lateness of their call up last week, but they will undoubtedly be better for the run. Aaron Whitchuch, who is no stranger to the engine room, will move from the centres into the pack.

The Phins' will also be out to give coach Danial Green a late birthday present, which is still wrapped after last week loss at Deception Bay.

Magpies coach Steve Bretherton has named LJ Waddups on an extended bench. Waddups was a standout for Bretherton last year at Logan Brothers. If he is to run on it will add to an improving spine yet to find their mojo.

Round 6 fixtures

Tigers v Diehards Saturday April 28 at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park - 2pm


1. Brett Kelly 2. Delroy Berryman 3. Kea Pere 4. Connor Jones 5. Evander Cummins 6. Josh Curti 7. James Salter 8. Matt Groat 9. Ryan Cameron 10. Jack Anderson 11. Michael Egan 12. Harry Pondekas 13. Jesse Uhlmann 14. Jaiden Carroll 15. Brett Ferguson 16. Jack Schaffer 17. Andrew Thompson

Coach: David Krause


1. Jack Miers 2. Tom Collins 3. Rowan Klein 4. Regan Glyn 5. Stacey Everitt 6. Jordan Mitchell 7. Callum Klein 8. Liam Herrington 9. Chris Aiton 10. Patrick Akauola 11. Mattais Heimuli 12. Jacob Kelly 13. Mitch Walker 14. Joe McKenna 15. Liam Sue-Tin 16. Brett Doherty 17. Matt Mc Cormick

Coach: Don Gailer

Panthers v Seagulls Saturday April 28 at Kev McKell Oval - 4.30pm



1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Sam Collins 3. Che Fa'alafi 4. Kennedy Pettyborne 5. James Olds 6. Kane Zalewski 7. Zach Strasser 8. Josh Afoa 9. Aaron Watson 10. Michael Molo 11. Troy Swift 12. Billy Rogers 13. Dominic Biondi 16. Mitchell Hallinan 17. Riley Leota 18. Drae Aiono 19. Simona Vavega

Coach: Wayne Weekes


1. Matthew Milson 2. Jack Goodsell 3. Mitchell Mc Millian 4. Jacob Tonge 5. Tumoana Halkyard 6. John Te Reo 7. Ben Jackson 8. Billy Solah 9. Kalolo Saitaua 10. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 11. Jaz Nahu-Main 12. Kelly Tate 13. Joshua Hoffman 14. Harlan Collins 15. Corey Davis 16. Semisi Ahoafi 17. Jacob Paulo

Coach: Ron Troutman

Dolphins v Magpies Saturday April 28 at Jim Lawrie Oval - 6pm


1. Rinsma Saueha 2. Will Partridge 3. Corban Daniels 4. Sam Leach 5. Obed Kahwin 6. Reece Braun 7. Harry Skinner 8. Bailey Butler 9. Tristan Hope 10. Ben King 11. Aaron Whitchurch 12. Agassi Stowers 13. Tauaalo Vaipulu 14. Patrick Randall 15. Jordan Pinnock 16. Jacob O'Shea 17. James Flack

Coach: Daniel Green


1. Joe Burchell 2. Cameron Booth 3. Elijah Alick 4. Lenny Magey 5. Luke Archer 6. Sato Ketia-Opo 7. Lane Ferling 8. Uiti Baker 9. Brad Frith 10. Jordan Mago 11. Justin Fai 12. Aleki Falepaini 13. Sam Elliott 14. Matty Brown 15. Will Samuel 16. Ian King 17. Cody McIntosh 18. LJ Waddups – one to be omitted

Coach: Steve Bretherton

* John Devine is the BRL A Grade correspondent for the QRL 

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