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Sides look for improvement for In Safe Hands Cup Round 2

All six sides will look to improve after dusting off the cobwebs in the opening round of the 2019 In Safe Hands Cup last week.

First up, West Brisbane will host the Redcliffe Dolphins at Frank Lind Oval at West Mitchelton on Saturday at 4.30pm.

The Panthers have made some positional changes along with the return of familiar faces. Kyle Van Klaveren moves back to full back, Campbell Mohr comes onto the left wing and James Olds returns to the right wing.

Micheal Molo comes back to the pack after spending time with the Norths Devils top side. Coaches Wayne Weekes and Craig Ingebrigsten will look for a much better completion rate which was a blight in their 36-12 loss to the Diehards.

Redcliffe were comprehensively outplayed last week by the Tigers, as a 12-man Dolphins slumped to a 40-26 loss. Redcliffe did mount a second half challenge, but they will need a better first 40 against the Panthers this week.

Dolphins coach Daniel Green has named a monster pack led by Bailey Butler who had an outstanding 2018, featuring several four pointers.

On Sunday, the premiers Wynnum Manly Seagulls will host Valleys.

Diehards coach Craig Kennedy would be pleased with a first up win last week, but would acknowledge the first 40 for the season was pretty ugly. His halftime speech did the trick with a more polished second stanza.

Kennedy has named Sam Collins, Namilla Davui and Brad Frith in a backline change. The pack has remained relatively unchanged with man of the match Joe McGuire leading up front.

The Seagulls were out enthused by the Magpies last week, going down in a close encounter 18-16.

Forwards Salesi Funaki, Lachlan Lee, Rahdly Brawa and Tristian Hope feature in a massive six pack.

They will need to be dominant to gain opportunities for the speed the Seagulls have out wide, with chalk finders Jack Goodsell and Matthew Milson looking for some pill to dance with.

The final game of Round 2 is at Davies Park on Sunday at 5pm featuring two sides with first up wins last week, the Magpies and the Tigers.

For Easts, returning coach Jason Di Lizio would have been pleased with his troops last week against the 2018 minor premiers, Redcliffe. The Tigers looked to be well drilled and the best of all six sides last week.

Easts have some of the best playmakers in the competition at the moment with Jack Walters, Chris Otswald, Josh Fauid and the elusive Brandon Downey all at Di Lizio’s disposal.

New Magpies coach Darren Ferricks took the win first up last week, but it wasn’t pretty. In an arm wrestle with Seagulls, line breaks were scarce and both sides had more rust than a Leyland P76 suggesting the only way is up.

The Magpies have a formidable pack led by Cody McIntosh and Rhys Melville plus the lightning pace of fullback Benaiah Bowie to challenge the Tigers. Hooker Savarn Tahere will have his hands full against Ostwald, a challenge in which he will need to get the upper hand if he is to send Souths Logan to back-to-back wins.

In Safe Hands Cup Round 2 team lists

Panthers v Dolphins at Frank Lind Oval, Saturday March 23, 4.30pm



1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Campbell Mohr 3. Kahn Ahwang 4. Kennedy Pettyborne 5. James Olds 6. Zach Strasser 7. Tommy Butterfield 8. Chris Gesch 9. Mackenzie Reid 10. Michael Molo 11. Baylee Byrne-Perrett 12. Troy Swift 13. Jordan Brown 16. Stephen Buckley 17. Shane Pumipi 18. Johnnie Fox 19. Keelyn Tuuta

Coaches: Craig Ingebrigsten and Wayne Weekes


1. Regan Baker 2. Michael Walit 3. Sam Leach 4. Corban Daniels 5. Glen Ellis 6. Reece Braun 7. Kyle Foxwell 8. Bailey Butler 9. Harry Smith 10. Kian Shead 11. Josh Rudolph 12. James Flack 13. Fiatotoa Fiatotoa 14. Ben King 15. Fabian Palatua-Kiri 16. Tyson Cleal 17. Oscar Carter

Coach: Daniel Green

Seagulls v Diehards at BMD Kougari Oval, Sunday March 24, 3.45pm



1. Matthew Milson 2. Andrew Richardson 3. Harlan Collins 4. Rashaun Denny 5. Jack Goodsell 6. Reece McKenzie-O’Brien 7. Adrian Elder 8. Lachlan Lee 9. Tristan Hope 10. Semisi Ahoafi 11. Salesi Funaki 12. Sam Elliott 13. Rahdly Brawa 14. Andrew Clayton 15. Brad Mana 16. James Mirceski 17. John Te Reo

Coach: Ron Troutman


1. Jayden Baker 2. David Faiud 3. Henry Penn 4. Sam Collins 5. Namilla Davui 6. Harry Freebairn 7. Brad Frith 8. Joe McGuire 9. Zac Friend 10. Moses Noovao-McGreal 11. Joe Bradley 12. Ethan Richards 13. Sosefo Filipine 14. Liam Horne 15. Patrick Akaoula 16. Jacob Kelly 17. Perry Ioane

Coach: Craig Kennedy

Magpies v Tigers at Davies Park, Sunday 24 March, 5pm


1. Benaiah Bowie 2. Llikena Vudugo 3. Vesi Sa’u 4. Cameron Booth 5. Joseteki Lalagavesi 6. Haydn O’Hara 7. Josh Bowyer 8. Kobe Tararo 9. Savarn Tahere 10. Rhys Melville 11. Dan Tamou 12. AJ Tuimavave 13. Cody McIntosh 14. Derek Hemopo 15. Bruce Ten 16. Shaquille Gafa 17. Matthais Smalley

Coach: Darren Ferricks


1. Brandon Downey 2. Connor Jones 3. Max Felosi 4. Keenan Yorston 5. Matt Ruthenburg 6. Nathan Brown 7. Josh Fauid 8. Jaiyden Hunt 9. Chris Ostwald 10. Heath Wilson 11. Jack Peoples 12. Jack Anderson 13. Jesse Uhlmann 14. Jack Walters 15. Lachlan Barr 16. Lachlan Lanskey 17. Justin Fai

Coach: Jason Di Lizio