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BRL Round 4 preview: Hounds aim for three straight

Wynnum Manly Juniors remain undefeated after the first three rounds of the Brisbane Rugby League Premier A Grade competition.

Last year’s grand finalists are alone at the top of the ladder, while Pine Rivers are alone at the other end after three rounds of disappointment.

Post Easter the competition resumes with game one having Burpengary Sports Complex hosting the ‘home’ game for West Brisbane, where they will take on Brighton from 3pm.

The Roosters will roll out a massive pack with the likes of Samson Graham, Dilbert Issac and Matty Gill ready to get on with the Panthers best.

West Brisbane’s pack are not your regular Mr Nice Guys with Max Elliott, Faafetai Vaavale and Kahli Kali Jnr likely to show no mercy. Brighton had their first win last start, punishing the Bears, while the Panthers held off their old sparring partners Valleys at Emerson Park.

The Diehards are at home for their 3pm appointment with the Seagulls.

Valleys hooker Benton Leme Pyako and fullback Pemulwuy Yanner have found the try line with regularity and the Seagulls will need to nullify their influence if they want a ‘four-peat’.

A last start loss to the Panthers will be one that the men in blue believe slipped away from them and will look to make amends.

Lachlan Lee will look to add to his double in the Seagulls' last outing and with Kelepi Faukafa also hungry for a pie, the middle will be no place to be.

Throw in the speed of Luke Maddaford out wide and the Diehards will be required to rise at Emerson Park.

Both Beenleigh and Carina were well below their best in round three and this will be a perfect opportunity for either side to make the improvement.

The 'Green Lantern' from last year Mitchell Butler will make a return for Carina after a leg injury in Round 1. Beenleigh will first look to their big units Chris Turner, Te Ranga Kihi, Sharmah Kendrick and Ihaka Wirihana to do the early damage.

It won’t be easy with the menace of Jake Barwick, Joey Gilmour and Tom McGrath thundering back at the Pride defence at Hammel Park from 3pm.

The match of the round features the Magpies hosting the Bulldogs at Brandon Park commencing at 4.30pm.

Souths Juniors were all set to sing their victory song before the Hounds posted 12 points in the final seven minutes for the win.

The slippery Chris Humphris, Jacob Tongue and Brayden Whittaker are just a few of the headaches for Bulimba to take on.

The Bulldogs also have outside firepower with Tahj Wood, Mr Four Tries Connor Miller and Rahkeem Auda all under starters orders. There will be plenty of highlights to come out of this blockbuster.

Pine Rivers have had two weeks to look for a solution to their winless season thus far. There's no better place than at home at Mathieson Park, Saturday night from 6pm.

A break from footy will have done wonders for the Bears while Normanby are on a roll and would have preferred to keep the momentum going.

Normanby didn’t go away last start in their quest for another win and will be looking for three in a row.

The likes of Blessed Tumua, Jezzy Ioane and Mitch Hallinan can pile on the points from anywhere.

Pine Rivers' mojo has yet to return, however, the angry Bears up front - Takai Tikinau, Hamo-Tama Hamo and Monikura Tikinau - are fed up with not getting the picnic basket.

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