Panthers secure first place while Valleys down Gulls

Wests Brisbane Panthers hold their place on top of the In Safe Hands Cup for another week thanks to a 28-16 win over a determined Redcliffe in Round 12.

The 12-point win means the Panthers remain two-points clear of the second placed Diehards, while the Tigers kept their roll going with a 44-16 win over the Magpies.

Outright second place now belongs to the Diehards who defeated the Seagulls 30-18 in the match of the round at Emerson Park.

Valleys weathered the early Seagulls onslaught and managed to come away with first points, thanks to a sweeping backline movement which found winger Jayden Baker unmarked.

Five minutes later and the Gulls hit back with left winger Mitch McMillan finishing off their own backline move to level the scores at 4-4.

McMillan was over again after prop Lachlan Lee was held up on the try line and two metres in from the left sideline. A quick blind side pass found McMillan for his double.

A break from Valleys halfback Simon Brittain-Snowden inside his own half led to an offload for lock forward Jordan Riki, who scooted the final metres for the try with 12-minutes left in the first half.  

Shortly after, some slick passes allowed elusive Diehards fullback David Fauid to go over untouched and the sideline conversion from Luke Archer sent the Diehards to the sheds leading 20-8.

The Seagulls scored 13 minutes after the break when they took advantage of a penalty close to the line. Rashuan Denny chimed into the backline to add to the tally and close the gap to 20-12.

Archer, as he has done regularly for the Diehards, added his named to the score sheet when he went over in the right corner, extending the lead back out to eight points.

Minutes later, the Diehards were in again after Brittain-Snowden regathered his grubber kick off a Seagulls deflection to take the Diehards even further ahead after the conversion.

Denny scored his second try with three minutes remaining, but it was too late for a Seagulls comeback, with Valleys taking the 30-18 victory as well as outright second place on the competition ladder.

BRL A Grade In Safe Hands Cup Round 12 results

Tigers 44 (Curtis Dansey-Smaller 3, Keenan Yorston, Jack Walters, Heath Wilson, Jaiyden Hunt, Justin Fai tries; Brandon Downey 6 goals) defeated Magpies 16 (Benaiah Bowie, Jerome Veve, AJ Tuimavave tries; Josh Bowyer 2 goals)

Diehards 30 (David Fauid, Jayden Baker, Sam Collins, Luke Archer, Jordan Riki, Simon Brittain-Snowden tries; Brad Frith goal, Luke Archer 2 goals) defeated Seagulls 18 (Rashaun Denny 2, Mitchell McMillian 2 tries; Reece O’Brien goal)

Panthers 28 (Campbell Mohr 2, Eddie Tautali, James Olds, Troy Swift, Jordan Brown tries; James Olds 2 goals) defeated Dolphins 16 (Zev John 2, Josh Rudolph tries; Bryce Donovan 2 goals)

Ladder

Pos Team +/- Pts
1 Wests Brisbane Panthers 50 30
2 Valleys Diehards 86 28
3 Wynnum Manly Seagulls 34 26
4 Easts Tigers 40 24
5 Souths Logan Magpies -95 20
6 Redcliffe Dolphins -115 16