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It might be dry, but it doesn't get any easier

Whilst Round 2 of the In Safe Hands Cup looks to be set for a firmer track after last week's mud-fest, the going isn't expected to get any easier for all eight teams.

All four contests in the opening week hung in the balance at half-time with the experienced BRL sides Wests, Valleys, Carina and Wynnum pulling away in the second 40's to register the first competition points.

With Round 1 and the baptism of fire over, all clubs will be looking for a more polished performance in far more favourable conditions.

Carina will be at home to the Normanby Hounds to kick off Round 2.

The Tigers' defence was the key to holding Bulimba at bay last week, putting four converted tries on the board without conceding points in the back half of the game after the Bulldogs were in the hunt at the break.

Intrust Super Cup star Linc Port will have to sit this week out due to suspension, however coach Jason Di Lizio has plenty of talent in an otherwise unchanged side from last week's winning performance should everyone have recovered.

Normanby will look to improve after their first round loss, also in the mud, going down to the Seagulls 24-14.

Coach Luke Srama is an astute tactician and will no doubt have the Hounds primed for the Tigers at Carina from 3pm.

Carina will be without Intrust Super Cup star Linc Port.
Carina will be without Intrust Super Cup star Linc Port.

Valleys will grace Emerson Park for the second week in a row, hosting Brighton.

The Diehards went to the sheds ahead by a mere two points last week against Pine Rivers before flexing their muscle in a physical display to run out convincing 48-26 winners - the magic of hooker Jack Miers being the difference.

The Roosters will be buoyed by their debut last week against heavy weights West Brisbane, going down 20-10 in another brutal stoush battling the torrential downpour.

The Chooks will need to contain an impressive Diehards spine with Scott Prince and Simon Brittain-Snowden the early form front runners in the halves.

Pine Rivers will look to build on their opening encounter where they will take on the Panthers in their first home game at Mathieson Oval at 4pm.

The back row of the Bears; Hunter Smallhorne, Dylan Minetto and Patty O’Callaghan were outstanding last week, giving coach Adrian Rouse something to build on.

The Bears threw everything at the Diehards line last week and with man mountain Bailey Butler coming off the bench, the Panthers are in for another rugged encounter.

The mud and bloods welcome back Foisa Peni and Tommy Butterfield with coach Craig Ingebrigtsen moving their leader Kyle Van Klaveren to the wing.

The experienced coach will be looking for a more structured game plan after the Roosters spoiling tactics had the Panthers scrambling for opening competition points.

The Bears have tasted BRL football and will be a tough obstacle for Wests.

The carnage up the middle from both packs will make this one to savour.

It'll be a big afternoon at Kitchener Park from 4.30pm where Wynnum Manly will host the Bulimba Bulldogs in the In Safe Hands Cup match of the round.

The Seagulls are expecting a big turnout for their sponsors day as 'the Chook Pen' relocates north and makes a new home for the next ten weeks.

Wynnum Manly didn’t have it all their own way last week as they held off a tenacious Normanby side at Graceville last week.

The Seagulls once again have a damaging forward pack for captain and halfback Aaron Booth to steer around the park with the likes of Corey Davis, Clayton Mack and Lachlan Perry at his disposal.

After last week's debut at the next level, Bulimba coach Michael Lambert will need to get his troops to step up once again against another side that are destined to play finals this season.

After a stint in Central Queensland, veteran James Sharkie has been named to start in the front row joining Adam Kamboris.

The ‘experienced’ duo will need to take on the Seagulls up front early to give the speed men out wide opportunities to put points on the board. 

This match will be broadcast live on the Brisbane Rugby League Facebook page.

In Safe Hands Cup Round 2

Time Match Venue
3pm Carina Tigers v Normanby Hounds Leo Williams Oval, Carina
3pm Valleys Diehards v Brighton Roosters Emerson Park, Grange
4pm Pine Rivers Bears v West Brisbane Panthers Mathieson Park, Petrie
4.30pm Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Bulimba Bulldogs Kitchener Park, Wynnum
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