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Last year's grand final foes Phins, Valleys build on rivalry

Valleys bested the Dolphins in last year's grand final, but the Phins' have had the wood on the premiers so far in 2018 with two wins from two meetings.

Valleys were able to grind out a solid win last week against a determined Magpies outfit at Emerson Park, but they will need to find another gear if they are to turn the tables on the Dolphins who are undefeated since Round 5 and last week moved to the top of the table.

Valleys will have the potent Gary Riccardi returning to the halves and the powerhouse Paul Ivan will be better for his first outing last week. Prop Stephen Coombe meanwhile will be out to prove his dual four pointers were not a fluke last week.

After their win last round, the Diehards maintain their spot in the top four and are three points clear of the chasing Tigers in fifth.

Redcliffe are coming off a thrilling 14-10 win over the Seagulls. The Dolphins had to hold off the Baysiders for the final minutes as the Seagulls pounded the try line looking for the equaliser.

Suzuki Stadium (Langlands Park) will host what shapes to be another key match in the round between the Tigers and the Seagulls.

Easts are in white-hot form winning their past three games, 50-6 over Wests, 38-12 over Valleys and 60-4 over Souths for a combined 148 points for and just 22 against.

While a lot can be said about the attack of the Tigers, coach David Krause has been more impressed with his side's defence. "We know we can score points, but it has to come from a good defensive effort," he said.

For the Tigers, Brayden Torpy has been outstanding as has his fellow half Josh Ralph. Both appear to be on a mission to see who can ignite their side on the field better.

The Seagulls will still be bruised from their derby against the Dolphins and will need to aim up against the points machine that the Tigers have become.

While the Bayside forward pack has matched it with all, coach Troutman will be looking for that effort to be complimented by their talented backs.

Matt Milson is improving with every game and starting to inject himself into the line at the right times. Jeriah Goodrich returns and along with Jack Goodsell, Bayside have a wealth of point scoring machines out wide.

Finally, the Panthers will look to bounce back from their third loss of the season when they face the Magpies.

The Panthers have led the competition for much of the season, but you wouldn't know it judging last week's score line.

After leading 6-4 early in the contest, it was all one-way traffic, particularly in the second 40 as the Tigers piled on 44 unanswered points.

The Panthers have the dynamic Billy Rogers and Simona Vavega returning while coach Wayne Weekes has named Kyle Van Klaveren in the halves.

It is not an unfamiliar position for the fullback having played in that spot in last year's grand final for Redcliffe. Going to fullback and making his A Grade debut is Jarrin Faulkner.

For the Magpies, they have only named 14 players such is the shortage of players at West End. Of those 14, all have a mountain of experience and talent.

Bernard Mosby, Javarn White, Luke Archer and Cameron Booth have plenty of points in them, but this can only be achieved with the footy in hand. Completion rates have not been the best for the Magpies resulting in plenty of defence which is draining on any side.

In Safe Hands Cup Round 13

Diehards v Dolphins – Emerson Park Saturday, July 7 at 3pm


1. Stacey Everitt 2. Tom Collins 3. Jamie Casey 4. Callum Klein 5. Regan Glynn 6. Brett Doherty 7. Gary Riccardi 8. Stephen Coombe 9. Dalton Phillips 10. Liam Herrington 11. Jacob Kelly 12. Moses Noovao - Mc Greal 13. Brenden Collins 14. Jordan Mitchell 15. Mattais Heimuli 16. Dan Nolan 17. Paul Ivan

Coach: Don Gailer


1. Trai Fuller 2. Rinsma Saueha 3. Sam Leach 4. Justice Utateo 5. Will Partridge 6. Reece Braun 7. Josh Fauid 8. Bailey Butler 9. Tristan Hope 10. Ben King 11. Corban Daniels 12. Fabian Palatua-Kiri 13. Jordan Pinnock 14. Tauaalo Vaipulu 15. Paranas Bokuik 16. Agassi Stowers 17. Manaia Rudolph

Coach: Daniel Green

Panthers v Magpies – Frank Lind Oval Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 4.30pm



1. Jarrin Faulkner 2. Ethan Weale 3. Kennedy Pettyborne 4. Sam Collins 5. James Olds 6. Kyle Van Klaveren 7. Gavin Causer 8. Hemi Mullen 9. Billy Rogers 10. Michael Molo 11. Troy Swift 12. Mitch Hallinan 13. Drae Aiono 16. Simona Vavega 17. Dominic Biondi 18. Henry Togiasua 19. TBA

Coach: Wayne Weekes


1. Javarn White 2. Josh Tuilagi 3. David Pritchard 4. Cameron Booth 5. Luke Archer 6. Sato Ketia-Opo 7. Lane Ferling 8. Charlie Kaipati 9. Savaan Tahere 10. Will Samuel 11. Matty Brown 12. Justin Fai 13. Cody Mc Intosh 14. Bernard Mosby 15. TBA 16. TBA 17. TBA

Coach: Steve Bretherton

Tigers v Seagulls – Suzuki Stadium Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 2pm


1. Brett Kelly 2. Brandon Downey 3. Leon Ellia-Nuikore 4. Connor Jones 5. Rahkeem Auda 6. Josh Ralph 7. Brayden Torpy 8. Gene Ropoama 9. Jack Walters 10. Anton Iaria 11. Jack Anderson 12. Harry Pondekas 13. Jesse Uhlmann 15. Ryan Cameron 16. Heath Wilson 19. Jayden Carroll 20. Te Rore Puke

Coach: David Krause


1. Matthew Milson 2. Jack Goodsell 3. Jeriah Goodrich 4. Tumoana Halkyard 5. Harlan Collins 6. Mitchell Forrest 7. Adrian Elder 8. Billy Solah 9. John Te Reo 10. Jacob Paulo 11. Jaz Nahu-Main 12. Bradley Mana 13. Kelly Tate 14. Jacob Tonge 15. Semisi Ahoafi 16. Tamati Ioane 17. Joshua Hoffman

Coach: Ron Troutman

In Safe Hands Cup Ladder
1. Dolphins 30  +69 
2. Panthers  29  +53 
3. Seagulls  24  +22 
4. Diehards  24  -16 
5. Tigers  21  +89 
6. Magpies  16  -217 

*John Devine is a QRL correspondent covering the BRL A Grade

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