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BRL Round 17 preview: West Brisbane crowned minor premiers with two rounds to go

The CAOS Premier A-Grade Competition has a minor premier with two rounds still to be played.

West Brisbane's comfortable 32-22 win over second-placed Bulimba last Saturday has secured them the right to have week one off in this year's finals.

Last year’s grand finalists have yet to taste defeat and have been ruthless all year.

It is up to Beenleigh this weekend or Souths Juniors in the final round to show the rest of the competition that they are beatable.

The Pride’s defence was tested last week against the Magpies and that will need to improve against the Panthers at home from 6.30pm.

The BRLTV match of the round has Bulimba hosting Valleys at 3pm at Balmoral Sports Reserve. The Bulldogs have had a tough three weeks with a draw, a two-point win over Beenleigh, and last week's loss to Wests.

While the Bulldogs will finish second and play a home semi-final, it is highly likely that these two will also face off in the finals.

Reigning premiers the Diehards are doing what they did last season, stringing wins together at the back end. They have won their last five and are out to go back-to-back in 2022.

Pine Rivers meanwhile will need to win their remaining two games and have Beenleigh lose both of theirs to progress.

They will travel to Kitchener Park to take on Wynnum Manly Juniors at 3pm. A Seagulls win will give them a chance to finish in the top three to have a crack at the title.

The Bears, as they did last year, have had a horror second half to the season losing their past five games. The Gulls have rolled on with five straight wins.

Brighton and Souths Juniors have only two rounds to play out as neither will make the play-offs.

This gives rise to finishing the season off with a win to restore some pride to both proud clubs. They will square off at Brandon Park from 4.45pm, where tyres will be in abundance from two sides whose defence has been of concern throughout the year.

The Roosters can finish no higher than seventh and the Magpies have collected the wooden spoon in their first season of the CAOS A-Grade competition.

Carina were too good for the Roosters last week while the Magpies showed glimpses of form going town to the Pride in a try-fest last week.

The red-hot Carina Juniors will fancy their chances as the look for their fourth-straight banking of three competition points when they host Normanby at 4.45pm.

Last year’s minor premiers, the Hounds, have dropped off recently after a promising mid-season resurgence and will be out to finish the Tigers' purple patch.

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