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BRL Round 11 preview: Race for top five intensifies

The Pine River Bears are chasing their fourth straight win in Round 11 of the BRL A grade, after last week's 38-28 victory over Brighton left them sitting just outside the top three.

The Bears head to Bert St Claire Oval this Saturday to tackle Normanby.

The Hounds exacted revenge on Souths Junior last week, after their loss to the Magpies in Round 1, taking the visitors down 26-10.

The Hounds moved off the bottom of the ladder but will need to be at their very best against a very hungry Bears outfit from 6.30pm on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Beenleigh Pride - who started the season undefeated from their first five games - have hit a hole, losing their third straight match last week, going down to Wynnum Juniors 26-14.

Beenleigh will come up against the improving Carina Tigers from 6.30pm at Hammel Park.

Beenleigh will look to bounce back, while Carina will be full of confidence after a heartbreaking two-point loss to Bulimba last week.

It will come as no surprise if the Tigers were to take the chocolates from the Pride.

Elsewhere, Souths Junior will host Valleys at Brandon Park at 4.45pm.

Valleys were no match for the Panthers in the second half last week and will need the three competition points if they are to stay in touch with the top five.

The Magpies are likely to miss the top five, giving them a license to throw caution to the wind and play some razzle dazzle footy.

Both Brighton and Bulimba are in a wrestle for top five placings when they take to Jim Lawrie Oval at 3pm Saturday.

Brighton came back against the red-hot Bears last week but had given up too many points to run Pine Rivers down.

The Bulldogs meanwhile did it the hard way to just outlast the Tigers and will need to improve again against the tenacious Roosters at home.

The BRLTV match of the round will see the improving Wynnum Manly Juniors come up against the undefeated West Brisbane outfit.

The Juniors have woken and are starting to find form. They have delivered the goods in their last two starts and will fancy themselves against the Panthers at Frank Lind from 3pm.

If ever a contest was to be decided up the middle this is another one of those delicious bashings in the middle third from both packs, which the purist will relish.

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