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Round 7 preview: Tigers still clawing to finals hope

This weekend is the last regular round of BMD Premiership fixtures before finals kick off next week and there will be some big guns in action as the Brisbane Tigers take on in-form North Queensland Gold Stars.

The Tigers are currently sitting outside the top four, but feel they can still make the finals, while the the Stars are comfortably in third place and shaping up nicely for a tilt at the premiership.

Due to the weather, this game will now be played at Leo Williams Oval on Saturday, May 21 from noon.

The Tigers, who are in fifth place and are looking to overtake the Wynnum Manly Seagulls on the ladder, don’t believe they are done with yet despite coming off a narrow loss to the Seagulls in their last match.

In that game, the Tigers started the attacking ball rolling with Ali Brigginshaw scoring in the 26th minute and held a 6-4 halftime lead, but from there, Wynnum Manly were able to overtake them for the win.

Lock Jamie-Lee Lewis made 33 tackles and Jessica Carey made 141 metres, but their efforts weren't enough for the Tigers to get the win.

Tiger coach Arian Vowles was aware of the pressure of needing things to fall your way to make finals and had his fingers crossed his side would win their own game and get some luck as well. 

“I was in this situation in England and I learnt that you can’t control the other results, you just need to relax and win your game,” Vowles said.

“If you lose your game, then it doesn’t matter what else happens.

“The Stars have a lot of good players... Destiny Brill and Romy Teitzel have been great for them and they will be hard to stop again.

“We will just control what we can control and see what else happens.”

The Tigers will be looking to Lewis to make those tackles again this round.

“Jamie-Lee is hard on herself, but she has been great to coach this season, great player and great to have around the team," Vowles said.

The Tigers tackling tyro will be gunning for some more targets on Saturday.

“We just have to focus on our game plan and respect the ball when we are attacking,” Lewis said.

“We are working on our preparation for this game and hopefully playing finals at the end of the round.”

Elsewhere in the round, fans will get a potential grand final preview with the top-of-the-table Central Queensland Capras and Burleigh Bears facing off in what is set to be a cracking match. 

The Capras will head to the last round exactly where they want to be in life. Top of the table and fine tuning for finals.

The the minor premiers will take on last year's premiership winners for the first time this season.

The Capras defence has been outstanding their biggest score against has been 16 which was put on them by Souths Logan Magpies.

Led by superstar Tamika Upton last round and Kaliah Rogers, the Capras are doing things right.

The Bears are in second and the reigning premiers, so this game is a massive clash. The Bears beat the Magpies 44-12 in an eight try performance in their last game which saw representative forward Chelsea Lenarduzzi make 189 metres.

West Brisbane Panthers are also outside the top four, but have had a good season with good performances from their players.

In their last round against the Gold Stars, however, the result was not what the Panthers would have liked; Teitzel and Brill just couldn’t be stopped.

The Panthers defence just didn’t hold up with 40 missed tackles, however Georgia Tuitaalili played her part in plugging some holes with 25 tackles.

This week they take on Wynnum Manly who accounted for the Tigers last round and scored three tries to one, holding out the star-studded side. Emily Bass continued her good form from the NRLW and made 184 metres.

Due to the weather, this match has been moved from Frank Lind Oval to Emerson Park, home of Valleys Diehards, on Sunday, May 22 at 3pm.

Tweed Seagulls are out of contention for the final and Souths Logan are unlikely contenders, but both sides have plenty to play for and plenty of talent to boot.

Souths started well against the Bears in their last game and scored two tries in the first 20 minutes, but after that, the Bears woke up and played football at the Magpies and the side struggled to hold out their attack.

The Magpies need to fix the possession imbalance with the Bears having the ball for seven minutes longer than the Magpies.

The wily hooker Brittany Brealey-Nati was left pulling the strings from half and tackling herself to a standstill with 44.

Tweed scored in the first minute against the Capras with Brooke Saddler crossing to give the Seagulls a real pep in their step, but then it came crashing down.

Tweed enforcer Georgia Hale was at her best with 31 tackles.

Tweed let the Capras run the ball too much and that caused all sort of head aches and pain.

This weekend is Respect Round, which focuses on the importance of positive behaviour on and off the field towards participants, officials and spectators.

 

All BMD Premiership games are livestreamed at QPlus.tv.

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