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In Safe Hands Cup Round 8 preview

Round 8 of the In Safe Hands Cup will take place this weekend and three ,fixtures are on the menu.

Emerson Park will host the Match of the round when Valleys host arch rivals and neighbours the West Brisbane Panthers (#PANTHERTV LIVESTREAM).

Both clubs provide the Norths Devils with talent, and there will plenty of that on show come 3pm on Saturday.

Valleys have had the wood on their rivals recently, defeating the Panthers 26-18 earlier this year as well as in every encounter last season.

In fact, the Panthers have not defeated Valleys since July 2016 when they beat the Diehards 26-12 at Emerson Park.

Despite being unable to beat Valleys in almost two years, Wests have amassed a 6-1 record this season and sit clear at the top of the ladder on 19 points.

Valleys, meanwhile, are yet to register back to back wins in 2018. The closest they have come was a 22-22 draw with the Seagulls in Round 5 before defeating Easts in Round 6.

Up north, Redcliffe will play only their second game of the season at Dolphin Oval as they play host to the Easts Tigers at 4.30pm on Saturday.

Redcliffe were at their best last week against the Seagulls. The second half in particular was possibly their best half of football this year with new combinations starting to click.

The Tigers, while last on the ladder, tested the Panthers last week in front of a huge sea of red and black for Old Boys day.

Diehards v Panthers – Emerson Park Saturday, May 12, at 3pm


1. Jordan Mitchell 2. Tom Collins 3. Kegan Tuhega 4. Callum Klein 5. Regan Glynn 6. Brett Doherty 7. Jack Miers 8. Stephen Coombe 9. Chris Aiton 10. Patrick Akauola 11. Liam Herrington 12. Moses Mc Greal 13. Dalton Perrins-Phillips 14. Mitch Walker 15. Eddie Blacker 16. Jacob Kelly 17. Brenden Cousins

Coach: Don Gailer


1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Sam Collins 3. Che Faa'lafi 4. Kennedy Pettyborne 5. James Olds 6. Kane Zalewski 7. Zach Strasser 8. Josh Afoa 9. Mikaere Beattie 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

Dolphins v Tigers – Dolphin Oval Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 4.30pm


1. Trai Fuller 2. Josh Beehag 3. Jake Sparey 4. Sam Leach 5. Obed Kahwin 6. Reece Braun 7. Will Partridge 8. Bailey Butler 9. Tristan Hope 10. Ben King 11. Corban Daniels 12. James Flack 13. Agassi Stowers 14. Patrick Randall 15. Jordan Pinnock 16. Tauaalo Vaipulu 17. Aiden Devery Coach: Daniel Green


1. Brett Kelly 2. Delroy Berryman 3. Maeli Seve 4. Brett Ferguson 5. Aaron Pidcock 6. Jaiden Carroll 7. Ollie Olds 8. Anton Iaria 9. Ryan Cameron 10. Jack Anderson 11. Michael Egan 12. Harry Pondekas 13. Jarred Tuite 14. Heath Wilson 15. Gene Ropoama 16. Leon Ellia-Niukore 17. Jesse Uhlmann

Coach: David Krause

Seagulls v Magpies – BMD Kougari Oval Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 1.15pm


1. Matthew Milson 2. Jack Goodsell 3. Mitchell Mc Millian 4. Jacob Tonge 5. Dallas Anderson 6. John Te Reo 7. Jayden Berrell 8. Billy Solah 9. Kalolo Saitaua 10. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 11. Jaz Nahu-Main 12. Harlan Collins 13. Corey Davis 14. Ben Jackson 15. Jacob Paulo 16. Semisi Ahoafi 17. Tamati Ioane Coach: Ron Troutman


1. Joe Burchell 2. Cameron Booth 3. Elijah Alick 4. Lenny Magey 5. Dan Russell 6. Sato Ketia-Opo 7. Lane Ferling 8. Rhys Melville 9. Brad Frith 10. Jordan Mago 11. Justin Fai 12. Aleki Falepaini 13. Sam Elliott 14. Matty Brown 15. Will Samuel 16. Cody Mc Intosh 17. Ian King.

Coach: Steve Bretherton

That effort, along with the previous week's close encounter with Valleys, has the Tigers ready to pounce. 

Easts coach David Krause is well aware of the talent at his disposal. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when the Tigers will fulfil their potential and put the sword to an opposing 17.

Finally, the stage is set for a 'flockbuster' at BMD Kougari Oval when the Seagulls host the Magpies (LIVESTREAM #BRLTV).

The Magpies are starting to build belief and momentum. They put a solid 80 minutes on the park last week as they shed their '60 Minute Magpies' tag to defeat the premiers Valleys for the second time this year.

Bayside have the jitters at the moment, with two losses and a draw in their last three starts.

They will be looking to recapture the early season confidence that saw them jump out to three consecutive wins.

BRL A Grade In Safe Hands Cup Round 8

Diehards v Panthers, Saturday May 12 at Emerson Park, 3pm

Dolphins v Tigers, Saturday May 12 at Dolphin Oval, 4.30pm

Seagulls v Magpies, Sunday May 13 at BMD Kougari Oval, 1.15pm 

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

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