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BRL Round 2 preview: Early top of the table clash

Bullimba Bulldogs will take on the Brighton Roosters in an early top-of-the-table clash at Balmoral Recreational Reserve for Round 2 of the BRL Premier A Grade competition.

Both sides sit at the top of the table after impressive wins last week.

The Bulldogs are in number one spot with a better for and against after accounting for Carina 40-12 in Round 1.

The Roosters, meanwhile, continue to dominate at home after dispatching a quality Pine Rivers side 30-8.

Hayden Herbert was outstanding in his opening game in Bulldogs colours and this week he will be up against the dynamic Brock Nelson.

Both sides have a mobile pack, suggesting a low scoring affair as both sides concede few points last week.

Elsewhere, Carina will come up against Beenleigh who had to come from 18-0 down at half-time and score on the bell to take the win against Wynnum Manly Juniors in Round 1.

“We need to start better than last week, we made too many errors in the first half,” Pride skipper Clayton Mack told BRL Weekly from his country hometown of Moonie.

The Tigers did manage a solid 20-minute period last week in their loss to the Bulldogs and never gave up regardless of the scoreline, so will look to test the visitors.

Both Pine Rivers and Normanby will be out to bounce back after first round losses and each side could have some tricks up their sleeves.

Tim Tupou has been named at five-eighth for the Bears, but could be up in the front row, such is his versatility.

Normanby, meanwhile, have speed out wide with fullback Edward Downing-Brown looking for some early ball to make some metres.

Valleys went down to West Brisbane last week in a scrappy affair that coach Nathan Hughes will not have been happy with.

They will take on Souths Juniors and will have to wary of the Magpies, who will look to go back-to-back as the descend on Emerson Park.

Souths man mountain Simione Fatafehi was at his destructive best last week but will come against a forward pack in blue led by Joe McGuire.

Wynnum Manly Juniors will host West Brisbane and will look to avenge the toweling they received at the hands of the Panthers in the semi-final last September.

The Prince of Kitchener Park Chris Green will return to his kingdom but will have to be on guard against Wests half Kyle Foxwell.

Panthers Coach Craig Ingebrigsten will not have been too thrilled with last week’s win but will take the three points and would like three more to go two from two.

Main image: Beenleigh competing in last year's BRL premiership. Photo: Vanessa Hafner

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