Round 14 of the In Safe Hands Cup has the potential to cause plenty of movement on the ladder with finals moving ever closer.
The Redcliffe Dolphins can extend their one-point lead at the top of the table over the Panthers when the two sides lock horns on Saturday afternoon at Dolphin Stadium.
Both the Dolphins, and perhaps even more so the Panthers, will be desperate to return to the winner's circle after last week's results.
Both suffered losses, while the Panthers have lost two on the trot and conceded 80-points in those two games.
The Dolphins' unbeaten run, which stretched back to Round 5, was broken last weekend at the hands of defending premiers, Valleys.
Redcliffe coach Daniel Green will look for the 'bush ranger' Jordan Pinnock and his posse of big units to win the battle up front against the formidable Panthers pack.
Wests coach Wayne Weekes has the wily Adam Harris back at hooker and Mikaere Beatie returning to the halves with Kyle Van Klaveren.
Next up, the Diehards and Seagulls, currently tied in third spot on 27 points each, face off (tomorrow) Saturday with the winner to take a definitive hold of third spot.
However, these sides have already played out two draws this season (22-22 in Round 5 and 18-18 in Round 10) so it is no guarantee that the two sides won't remain level at the conclusion of Round 14.
Bayside have the luxury of Broncos enforcer Salesi Funaki who will be lining up and looking for game time. He will be joined by the try line finder Corey Davis who will slot into hooker moving John Te Reo back into the halves.
Valleys will be full of confidence after getting the Redcliffe monkey off their back last week. The premiers had lost their previous two encounters against last year's runners up.
Steve Tunnicliffe has been named to come off the bench. The bone-cracking defence of Tunnicllife will need to be contagious amongst his fellow forwards to halt the 'green machine.'
Finally, Sunday afternoon's clash between the Tigers and Magpies shapes as a sudden death clash, especially for Souths.
A win for Souths over the Tigers will leave them in last place still a point below the Tigers, but with their finals hopes alive.
The Magpies played with true grit last week in their big win over the Panthers. The result wouldn't have surprised coach Steve Bretherton, but perhaps it would have caused some frustration that it has not been a more regular result.
Cruelled by injuries and led by playmaker and skipper Lane Ferling - plus the bullet Bernard Mosby from dummy half, it was a character-building win for Souths who will look to continue building this week.
Easts Tigers had won three on the trot and were threatening the top four until the Seagulls ruined the resurgence last week.
Five points adrift of the top four and with just seven rounds left, the Tigers can ill afford many more slip-ups if they want to charge into the finals.
Tigers Coach David Krause will be hoping that was just a bad day at the office and turn their attention to righting the Tigers ship to stay in touch with the finals.
In Safe Hands Cup Round 14
Dolphins v Panthers – Dolphin Oval, Saturday July 14, 3pm
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. Fabien Palatua-Kiri 13. Jordan Pinnock 14. Tauaalo Vaipulu 15. Paranas Bokuik 16. Agassi Stowers 17. Manaia Rudolph
Coach: Daniel Green
1. Jarrin Faulkner 2. TBA 3. Kennedy Pettyborne 4. Sam Collins 5. James Olds 6. Kyle Van Klaveren 7. Mikaere Beattie 8. 9. Adam Harris 10. Michael Molo 11. Troy Swift 12. Billy Rogers 13. Jack Peoples 16. Simona Vavega 17. Dominic Biondi 18. Henry Togiasua 19. Gavin Causer
Coach: Wayne Weekes
Seagulls v Diehards – Kitchener Park, Saturday July 14, 3pm
1. Matthew Milson 2. Peter Gubb 3. Jeriah Goodrich 4. Harlan Collins 5. Jack Goodsell 6. John Te Reo 7. Adrian Elder 8. Billy Solah 9. Corey Davis 10. Josh Hoffman 11. Salesi Funaki 12. Bradley Mana 13. Kelly Tate 14. Ben Jackson 15. Semisi Ahoafi 16. Jacob Paulo 17. Jaz Nahu-Main
Coach: Ron Troutman
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. Mattais Heimuli 12. Moses Noovao-Mc Greal 13. Brendan Cousins 14. Jordan Mitchell 15. Jacob Kelly 16. Steve Tunnicliffe 17. Paul Ivan
Coach: Don Gailer
Magpies v Tigers – Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park Sunday July 15, 3pm
1. Javarn White 2. Josh Tuilagi 3. David Pritchard 4. Cameron Booth 5. Luke Archer 6. Sato Ketia-Opo 7. Lane Ferling 8. Jordan Mago 9. Bernard Mosby 10. Will Samuel 11. Matty Brown 12. Justin Fai 13. Jesse Matafeo 14. Savaan Tahere 15. TBA 16. TBA 17. TBA
Coach: Steve Bretherton
1. Brett Kelly 2. Brandon Downey 3. Connor Jones 4. Jayden Carroll 5. Rahkeem Auda 6. Josh Ralph 7. Brayden Torpy 8. Anton Iaria 9. Jack Walters 10. Gene Ropoama 11. Jack Anderson 12. Harry Pondekas 13. Jesse Uhlmann 14. James Salter 15. Matt Groat 16. Adam Crear 17. Heath Wilson
Coach: David Krause
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* John Devine is a QRL correspondent covering the BRL A Grade