Magpies look to end losing run

All six clubs will be looking for a win to carry momentum into the Easter break in Round 5 of the In Safe Hands Cup this weekend.

The Diehards, under new coach Craig Kennedy, have impressed so far this year and they will aim to continue their roll against the Redcliffe Dolphins at home on Saturday. 

Their exciting form was on full display in last week’s win over the Magpies, with the backline relatively unchanged for the boys in blue this week.

David Faiud has been a genius at the back this year, while Luke Archer rarely needs to make a pass such is the wingers try-scoring ability.

The Diehards pack is also humming along nicely led by Joe McGuire with a full complement of big units named to take on the Dolphins at home.

Redcliffe were held scoreless last weekend against the Seagulls for 67 minutes before putting two late tries on the scoreboard.

The Dolphins have Sam Leech returning to the side, joining a Dolphins backline chock full of game changing ability.

Redcliffe skipper James Flack has been tireless and inspirational so far this season. He leads a massive pack that can cause carnage once they rediscover their form.

Next up, the Wests Brisbane Panthers are at home taking on the Souths Logan Magpies, with the two sides having very different experiences last weekend.

West Brisbane made a statement last weekend by winning the battle of the big cats, mauling the Tigers 34-10.

The Magpies, meanwhile, have not tasted victory since Round 1 and are coming off a 41-16 defeat at the hands of the Diehards

Coach Darren Ferricks has been pleased with the 60 minutes they have produced in the past three outings, but they haven’t been able to put together a complete, 80-minute performance since Round 1.

The black-and-white forward pack have been defiant in the middle of the pitch, matching it with opposition packs each week.

In addition to matching it with the Panthers up front, the Magpies will need to stop the potency of the Panthers out wide.

This is a critical game for the Magpies as they need the three points to stay in touch with the top four and not have to rely on a strong finish and other results at the back end of the season.

Finally, after consecutive losses, the Easts Tigers look to get back on track against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

The Tigers were early pace-setters with their first two wins, but now face the prospect of three straight losses if they can’t beat the defending premiers.

Wynnum Manly, meanwhile, will once again have the wizardry of Patrick Templeman at five-eighth as he continues to push for elevation back to the Intrust Super Cup.

Try-scoring back-rower Selasi Funaki, the lumberjack Andrew Clayton and the magic man Tristen Hope form just part of a Seagulls forward pack full of fire.

The Tigers have the mailman Jack Walters at hooker, the wrecking ball on legs Justin Fai plus the human cannonball Anthony Cheng in an exciting 17.

They’ll also field Lachlan Barr off the bench, who last week came agonisingly close to scoring only to drop the ball over the try line.

Barr will be using some lawn bowls technology this week by applying some ‘Grippo’ to his diner plate sized hands as he looks to claim his first try for the season.

In Safe Hands Cup Round 5

Diehards v Dolphins – Saturday April 13 at Emerson Park, 3pm
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Diehards

1. David Faiud 2. Fruen Easthope 3. Joe Bradley 4. Sam Collins 5.  Luke Archer 6. Simon Brittain-Snowden 7. Jack Miers 8. Joe McGuire 9. Liam Horne 10. Patrick Akaoula 11. Moses Noovao-McGreal 12. Sosefo Filipine 13. Chris Sio 14. Kobe Hetherington 15. Zac Friend 16. Pride Petterson-Robati 17. Ethan Richards 18. Jacob Kelly – one to be omitted

Coach: Craig Kennedy

Dolphins

1. Michael Walit 2. Justice Utatao 3. Sam Leach 4. Josh Rudolph 5. Glen Ellis 6. Regan Baker 7. Kyle Foxwell 8. Bailey Butler 9. Oscar Carter 10. Ben King 11. Ayden Devery 12. James Flack 13. Zev John 14. Leon Vaipulu 15. Kian Shead 16. Faitotoa Faitotoa. 17. Raiden Fonoti

Coach: Daniel Green

Panthers v Magpies – Saturday April 13 at Frank Lind Oval, 4.30pm
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Panthers

1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Campbell Mohr 3. Eddie Tautali 4. Kennedy Pettyborne 5. James Olds 6. Kahn Ahwang 7. Mackenzie Reid 8. Chris Gesch 9. Adam Harris 10. Johnnie Fox 11. Keelyn Tuuta 12. Troy Swift 13. Jordan Brown 16. Stephen Buckley 17. Shane Pumipi 18. Daniel Nolan 20. Foisa Peni

Coach: Wayne Weekes & Craig Ingebrigtsen

Magpies

1. Samsoni Vaiolati 2. Willie Malala 3. Vesi Sa’u 4. Brett Ferguson 5. Joseteki Lalagavesi 6. Haydn O’Hara 7. Josh Bowyer 8. AJ Tumavave 9. Savarn Tahere 10. Rhys Melville 11. Jerome Vave 12. Shaquille Gafa 13. Cody McIntosh 14. Derek Hemopo 15. Bruce Ten 16. Luke Burton 17. Jaz Day

Coach: Darren Ferricks

Tigers v Seagulls – Saturday April 13 at Langlands Park, 7pm

Tigers

1. Nathan Brown 2. Matt Ruthenburg 3. Max Felosi 4. Keenan Yorston 5. Aaron Piddock 6. Kyle Coghill 7. Dray Ngatuere-Wroe 8. Heath Wilson 9. Jack Walters 10. Justin Fai 11. Jack Peoples 12. Kalima Panapa 13. Jesse Uhlmann 14. Haydin Elsebach 16. Lachlan Barr 17. Anthony Cheng 18. Lachlan Lanskey

Coach: Jason Di Lizio

Seagulls

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

Coach: Ron Troutman

Ladder

Pos Team +/- Pts
1 Diehards 57 10
2 Seagulls 40 10
3 Tigers -10 8
4 Panthers -12 8
5 Dolphins -10 6
6 Magpies -65 6