Tigers and Panthers collide for In Safe Hands blockbuster

The competition’s two most in form teams collide at Langlands Park while the Dolphins and Magpies fight to keep their seasons alive in Round 14 of the In Safe Hands Cup.

First placed Wests Brisbane travel to the Easts Tigers in the round’s blockbuster, while Redcliffe host the Seagulls and the Magpies take on Valleys in must win games.

Dolphins v Seagulls – Saturday, July 13 at Dolphin Stadium - 4.15pm

After a good win against a formidable Magpies in Round 13 the Dolphins will fancy their chances when they host Wynnum Manly on Saturday.

The Seagulls are in a form slump, winning only one of their past four outings, while Redcliffe have found some form of late.

Redcliffe have been upping the aggression with the hard men up front not taking a backwards step as they look to turn their season around.

Taylor Brown has been leading the charge up front while halves Hayden Herbert and Kyle Foxwell have thrived on renewed go forward from their cranky pack.

The Seagulls were lacking in every muddy department last week on the back of a lack of halves at coach Ron Troutman’s disposal.

Edwin Ipape returns to partner Reece McKenzie-O’Brien, a familiar combination that will hope to steer the rudderless gulls back into form.

Injuries to key forwards in the Wynnum Manly Intrust Super Cup squad will result in an unfamiliar forward unit, plus 2016 Colts premiership winner Lucky Ta’avale returns to the nest after a stint with South Sydney.

Tigers v Panthers – Sunday, July 14 at Langlands Park - 1pm

The match of the round is set for Sunday afternoon at Suzuki Stadium with the red-hot Tigers taking on the competition leading Panthers.

West Brisbane have maintained their place at the top on the back of three straight wins while the Tigers have moved into third thanks to four wins of their own.

Chris Gesch led a dominant Panthers forward pack in the mud against the Seagulls last outing, with Wests proving far too good even without the talented Shane Pumipi who was unavailable due to the birth of his son.

Pumipi returns to a familiar pack that has been driven around nicely by Tommy Butterfield and with the same backline, the Panthers look the goods to end the Tigers purple patch.

Easts coach Jason Di Lizio has his Tigers purring along nicely, but will be tested against the premiership favourites.

‘Mister four points’ Curtis Dansey-Smaller is missing however Keenan Yorston and David Pritchard will relish the chance to take over the try-scoring spotlight.

Heath Wilson and Jack Peoples may have something to say about that as they both continue to dance through the defence to give the Tigers pack something to roar about.

The form guide suggests this could be the game of the season so far and it could come down to field goal specialists Foisa Peni or Nathan Brown.

Diehards v Magpies – Sunday, July 14 at Bishop Park - 1.15pm

Valleys are looking for consistency when they take on the Magpies on Sunday.

The Diehards have struggled to take wins back-to-back this season, but there is no denying the punch of the Diehards forward pack as they have more or less had a core group of big units.

Any bench that has Joe McGuire speaks volume of the talent of the starting six. The backs, however, have had changes on a weekly basis.

Valleys coach Craig Kennedy if yet to fill two spots to join the dazzling David Fauid and captain inspiration Luke Archer.

The Magpies meanwhile have hidden their mid-season somewhere and coach Darren Ferricks is looking for it to return this weekend. Lane Ferling and Hayden O’Hara are the key if that from is going to return.

The guile of Phil Dennis and the trademark ruthless Magpie pack led by Kobe Tararo, plus a nothing to lose attitude could be enough to topple the Diehards.

This is a crucial clash for both sides with Valleys needing a win to remain in second and Souths needing victory to keep their slim final hopes alive.

BRL A Grade In Safe Hands Cup Round 14 team lists

Dolphins v Seagulls – Saturday, July 14 at Dolphin Stadium - 4.15pm

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Dolphins

1. Corban Daniels 2. Will Partridge 3. Sam Leach 4. Josh Rudolph 5. Regan Baker 6. Hayden Herbert 7. Kyle Foxwell 8. Ben King 9. Oscar Carter 10. Taylor Brown 11. Faitotoa Faitotoa 12. James Flack 13. Patrick O’Callaghan 14. Leon Vaipulu 15. Brayden Dee 16. Fabien Paletua-Kiri 17. Tevita Mapapalangi

Coach: Daniel Green

Seagulls

1. Edene Gebbie 2. Mitchell McMillian 3. Rashaun Denny 4. Elliot Vincent 5. Harlan Collins 6. Reece McKenzie-O’Brien 7. Edwin Ipape 8.Lachlan Lee  9. Tristan Hope 10. Lucky Ta’avale 11. Lachlan Perry 12. Sam Elliott 13. Rahdly Brawa 14. Corey Davis 15. Jacob Paulo 16. Brad Mana 17. Orisi Qaaraniqio

Coach: Ron Troutman

Tigers v Panthers – Sunday, July 14 at Langlands Park - 1pm

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Tigers

1. Brandon Downey 2. Connor Jones 3. Keenan Yorston 4. David Pritchard 5. Aaron Piddock 6. Zak Taibi 7. Nathan Brown 8. Heath Wilson 9. Haydin Elsebach 10. Jaiyden Hunt  11. Jack Peoples 12. Tevita Wolske 13. Jesse Uhlmann 14. Josh Curti 15. Lachlan Barr 16, Ash Harawira-Naera 17. Anthony Cheng

Coach: Jason Di Lizio

Panthers

1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Campbell Mohr 3. Eddie Tautali 4. Evander Cummins 5. James Olds 6. Kahn Ahwang 7. Tommy Butterfield 8. Chris Gesch 9. Mackenzie Reid 10. Johnnie Fox 11. Keelyn Tuuta 12. Troy Swift 13. Michael Molo 14. Stephen Buckley 17. Shane Pumipi 18. Jordan Brown 20. Foisa Peni

Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen & Wayne Weekes

Diehards v Magpies – Sunday, July 14 at Bishop Park - 1.15pm

Diehards

1. David Faiud 2. Blaid Pakura 3. TBA 4. Sam Collins 5.  Luke Archer 6. TBA 7. Simon Brittain-Snowden 8. Lilomaiava Mago 9. Dylan Tavita 10. Jacob Kelly 11. Joe Bradley 12. Ethan Richards 13. Joe McGuire 14. Brad Firth 15. Patrick Akaoula 16. Brodie Baker 17. Hiale Roycroft

Coach: Craig Kennedy

Magpies

1. Vesi Sa’u 2. Joseteki Lalagavesi 3. Lenny Magey 4. Cameron Booth 5. Brendon Roberts 6. Haydn O’Hara 7. Lane Ferling 8. Harrison Muller 9. Blake Scott 10. Kobe Tararo 11. Jerome Veve 12. Jacob Alick 13. Phil Dennis 14. Josh Bowyer 15. Jethro Tessman 16. Willie Malala 17. Jayden Thompson

Coach: Darren Ferricks

Ladder

Pos Team +/- Pts
1 Wests Brisbane Panthers 70 33
2 Valleys Diehards 52 29
3 Easts Tigers 74 27
4 Wynnum Manly Seagulls 14 27
5 Souths Logan Magpies -113 21
6 Redcliffe Dolphins -97 19