Tigers host Panthers in table-topping battle
Easts Tigers host West Brisbane Panthers in a top of the table battle in Round 9 of the SEQW Division 1 competition.
The Tigers had won six on the trot before running into Brother's Ipswich last week, going down 24-10 to last year's runners-up.
It ended a remarkable run of form from the Tigers, who had beaten every team in the competition during the course of their streak.
Easts are still competition leaders despite last week's loss, but the Panthers now have a chance to move into first place as they are just one-point behind the Tigers.
Last week's loss also means that it is the West Brisbane Panthers who come into this game as the competition's form side.
Unbeaten in their last four games, a Round 7 draw with Souths Logan is all that is keeping the Panthers behind the Tigers.
The sides meet at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park, tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm and a win for the Panthers would not only see them move into top spot, but it would be a huge statement as the Tigers are the only team left that they haven't beaten this year.
At Blue Ribbon Motors Field, Brothers Ipswich will be looking to solidify last week's big win over Easts when they take on Souths Magpies.
Brothers Ipswich still have the best attacking and defensive stats in the competition, but back-to-back losses in Rounds 6 and 7 saw them slip down the ladder to third.
A win over the competition leaders last week has them back on the right track, but they will be looking to cement that return to form with another win here.
Souths sit in fifth spot but have been unlucky at times this year with two draws in just eight games.
Brothers Ipswich ran out big winners when they met earlier in the season, but Souths have found confidence recently and are unbeaten in their last three games.
Finally, the Burleigh Bears will host Toowoomba at Pizzey Park. Burleigh, the three-time defending premiers, have had a hit-and-miss season by their incredibly lofty standards.
They currently sit fourth, with four wins, three loses and a draw to their name. They have been unable to gather momentum the way they have in previous years, but with a win and a draw in their past two games, a win this weekend could be a crucial step towards rediscovering their best.
Toowoomba, who are new to the top grade this year, are still searching for their first win of the season. The club has seen tremendous growth in recent years, but they are still finding their way in division one.
A maiden win hopefully isn't too far away, and the Bears would be a huge scalp if they can manage the upset.
SEQW Division 1 – Round 9
Burleigh Bears v Toowoomba – Saturday May 26, Pizzey Park at 12.30pm
Brother's Ipswich v Souths Magpies – Saturday May 26, Blue Ribbon Motors Field at 1.10pm
Easts Tigers v West Brisbane Panthers – Saturday May 26, Suzuki Stadium Langlands Park at 3pm