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BRL Round 2 preview: Winners out to keep the heat on rivals

Against a backline with some serious wheels, the Tigers will have to shut down the outside express lanes of Souths Juniors in Round 2 of the Brisbane Rugby League.

Carina will host The Magpies in what shapes as the match of the round at 3pm at Leo Williams Oval.

Khan Ahwang, Jacob Tonge and Brayden Whittaker - just to name a few - have extensive Hostplus Cup experience to call on.

But Carina also has some outstanding talent, with Cameron and Brayden Torpy joining Joe Gilmour and Baptiste Fabre as part of their arsenal to counter the Juniors' hunt for back-to-back wins.

Bulimba will be buoyed by their victory over 2022 premiers West Brisbane, hosting Wynnum Manly Juniors at Balmoral Sports Complex from 3.15pm.

Once again Bulimba takes on a semi-finalist that led to their exit. The Seagulls were too good last September, but that was six months ago.

Bulimba, led by five-eighth Hayden Herbert following a Player of the Match performance last weekend, has a formidable forward pack to work with. Benchmen Thomas O’Keefe and Sam Wallis were greedy with their post contact metres and will have to replicate those efforts against the Seagulls.

Wynnum Manly Juniors have the majestic skills of Kyle Foxwell at the helm.

The Juniors also have the flock to take it to the Dishlickers with James Robinson, Connor Brebner and Kelepi Faukafa ready to rumble.

Beenleigh are at home at Hammel Park again to take on the Panthers at 4.30pm. Beenleigh got away to a flyer against the Bears to claim the win.

The Pride have a sensational spine with Johnson Murray, LJ Waddups and Ollie Pascoe to call on for the go-forward to challenge the Panthers.

West Brisbane had too many handling errors and a heavy penalty count in last week's first loss since 2021. Charlie Galo, KahIi Kali and Joss Boyton lead a massive pack looking to right the ship to return to the winners' circle.

Pine Rivers will host Valleys at Mathieson Park at 4.30pm. The Bears were having a sensational middle third of the 2022 season before fading late.

A loss to Beenleigh last week, while not welcomed, will no doubt have been addressed during the week. Sides learn more from a loss than from a win.

Justin Worley, Justice Utatao and Stacey Everitt have the mindset to lead the Bears to a home win.

The Diehards had a comfortable win against the Hounds last week at Emerson Park. Joshua Fauid, Zak McGuire, Pemulwuy Yanner and Benton Leme Payako were instrumental in that win and will be a handful for Pine Rivers.

Normanby and Brighton round out the second week of fixtures. The Roosters have the long road trip to Bert St Claire Oval for a 6.30pm start.

Both sides are coming off a loss and that will not sit well with either camp.

The Hounds have a menacing pack with Michael Butson, Thomas McNulty and Blake Hunter hungry to mess it up with Roosters pack.

The tricolours have the mongrel to go the distance with Jake Strasser, Matthew Gill and Joseph Clarke and the rest of the coop ready for the contest.

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