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Fans treated to a round of thrilling matches

The sixth round of the In Safe Hands Cup produced thrillers all round with games going down to the wire.

A nail-biter took place at Langlands Park where Redcliffe took on the Tigers.

With the contest all locked up at 20-20 with five minutes to go, Tyson Cleal crashed over for the Phins giving last year’s minor premiers their second win of the season, and the Tigers their fourth straight loss.

Wests Brisbane Panthers came from behind to claim a thrilling victory over Valleys Diehards in Round 6 of the In Safe Hands Cup.

The second placed Diehards were at home against the third placed Panthers, with the visitors hoping to reverse the one-sided result of their last encounter.

Valleys got the jump, as Luke Archer soared above the pack to regather a short kick-off in the opening seconds of the game.

The Diehards took full advantage of the early attacking position with skipper Joe Bradley scoring the first points of the afternoon two tackles later.

The home team were camped in Panthers territory for the better part of the first ten minutes, but it was the Panthers who scored next through their own skipper, Troy Swift, who smashed over out wide.

Three minutes later and Swift showed skills better suited to the Socceroos with an elegant grubber to the in goal for James Olds who added four more points to the tally.

With less than three minutes left until the break, Diehards bench man Zac Friend spun in the arms of the Panthers defence to cross and bring the scores level at 12-12.

The first 20 minutes of the second half was dominated by the home side as Ethan Richards and Pride Peterson-Robati scored to put Valleys ahead 24-12.

Things looked dire for the Panthers, with Johnnie Fox sent to the sin bin for a professional foul, reducing the visitors to 12.

However, that seemed to lift West Brisbane as Kyle Van Klaveren and prop Chris ‘Hemsworth’ Gesch scored back-to-back tries to bring scores level again.

Fox returned to the field and the Panthers kept the momentum going with winger Campbell Mohr pushing through the crowded in goal to pounce on a Mackenzie Reid grubber with eight minutes remaining.

Trailing by a converted try with two minutes to go, Valleys back-rower Ethan Richards touched town out wide to bring the Diehards within reach of a dramatic draw.

Unfortunately for the home side, the conversion attempt was waved away and the thriller came to an end with the Panthers taking the three competition points, 30-28.

Elsewhere, Ilikena Vudogo scored four tries for the Magpies in a losing effort against the Seagulls.

Wynnum Manly wingers Harlan Collins and Jack Goodsell each scored doubles in the 40-32 shoot-out.

In Safe Hands Cup Round 6 results

Seagulls 40 (Harlan Collins 2, Jack Goodsell 2, Matt Milson, Rashaun Denny, John Te Reo, Andrew Clayton tries; Tristan Hope 4 goals) defeated Magpies 32 (Ilikena Vudogo 4, Lenny Magey, Jacob Tongue tries; Lachlan Cooper 4 goals).

Dolphins 26 (Justice Utatao, Trai Fuller, Harry Smith, Bailey Butler, Tyson Cleal tries; Harry Smith 3 goals) defeated Tigers 20 (Keenan Yorston 3, Justin Fai tries; Brandon Downey 2 goals).

Panthers 30 (Kyle Van Klaveren, James Olds, Mackenzie Reid, Chris Gesch, Troy Swift tries; Khan Ahwang 5 goals) defeated Diehards 28 (Joe Bradley, Simon Brittain- Snowden, Pride Petterson- Robati, Ethan Richards, Zac Friend tries; Jack Miers 4 goals).


Pos Team +/- Pts
1 Seagulls 65 16
2 Diehards 67 14
3 Panthers 4 14
4 Dolphins -16 10
5 Tigers -32 10
6 Magpies -88 8