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Brisbane Rugby League Round 6 preview

After a successful XXXX Chairman’s Challenge at the weekend some players will return a little worse for wear, while most will be fresh and ready to get stuck in during Round 6 of the BRL.

Nine of the ten clubs are separated by only six competition points; the top five only two.

Emerson Park will host the first clash from 3pm between Valleys and Bulimba.

The Diehards sit atop of the ladder on for and against while the Bulldogs sit just outside the top five.

Valleys held off a determined Carina two weeks ago (20-14), however Bulimba gave up a 24-0 lead after 30 minutes against Beenleigh to go down to the Pride 28-24.

The battle of the nines will be worth the admission price alone.

Diehards livewire Benton Leme-Pyako will take on Emmanuel ‘The Human Skewer’ Kiddie. Kiddie has dished out some bone rattlers while Leme-Pyako has been a handful when he runs the ball.

The Bulldogs will once again have Hayden Herbert and Bradley Russell named not for the first time this season, while Diehards halves Shar Walden and Hayden Rowbottom will play their second game together.

This fixture is worthy of the match of the round. It being first against sixth will have no bearing on the result.

Across town Carina will host Brighton from 3pm at Leo Williams Oval.

Both sides have only the one win each thus far in 2023. The Roosters have an impressive +6 on for and against.

Brighton will need to find a full 80 minutes if they are to collect a second win.

Carina have a also been running hot and cold, unfortunately more cold than hot.

The Tigers will take confidence into this clash after challenging the Diehards on April 22.

Jake Barwick, Justin Smith and Joshua Colls have the task of nullifying the Tri-colours angry men Samson Graham, Jackson Lio and Jake Barwick in what shapes to be a ding dong clash with both sides looking for their second win and put a pulse back into their seasons progress.

The burglars of the competition Beenleigh will host Souths Juniors at Hammel Park at 4.30pm Saturday.

Not for the first time the Pride have come from behind to score an impressive win against Bulimba.

Down 24-0 after 30 minutes the Pride kept their line in take for the remaining 50 minutes while posting 28 match winning points.

LJ Waddups has the keys to the V8 pack featuring Brody Tamarua, Sam Mataora and Te Ranga Kihi.

Souths Juniors have some wheels out wide but have yet to show their full potential.

Magpie Cody McIntosh has played a lot of footy and is not a fan of coming second.

He will need help from the rest of his flock, such as Owen McCarron and Coen Rankmore to bring the ugly up front.

Souths showed glimpses of what they can roll out after a solid with against Pine Rivers last start, 34-10.

The Seagulls had a thrown together side last start and the combinations were rust in the first half against Brighton to go to the sheds down 12-4.

All the talk is Kelepi Faukafa. His solo try and his first receiver skills were a treat for those there. Will here wear the number six this weekend?

Tim Tupou showed his class last start as did the banana kicking skills of left wing Ryan O’Keefe.

Their opponents Normanby will be travel to Kitchener Park for the 4.30pm stoush.

The Hounds pushed the defending premiers West Brisbane last start going down 40-26 after an early lead.

Backrower Thomas McNulty did as he pleased for Normanby crossing three times and will need to bring his Green Lantern pace against the Juniors.

Fellow lanterns Jezzy Ioane and Blessed Tumua wil have none of one of the forward showing them up.

The 6pm final round six game will see West Brisbane host Pine Rivers under lights at Frank Lind Oval.

The Panthers clearly responded to the quietly spoken coaching staff at half time last game to take the win against Normanby.

Panther half Simon Brittain-Snowden has been in third gear and if he finds top gear the Bears will be spending time in the in goal area more than they would like.

Brittain-Snowden has had a relatively quiet start to the season while Shane Pumipi, Bradley Frith and Tobias Westcott have shown their collective class.

Pine Rivers are chasing their first win. They scored first at the start of each half last start against Souths and showed glimpses of the form that they rolled out last season.

The Bears have the rampaging ball carrier Benjamin King, the mobile Michael Talbot and they are hungry to bring the Bears out of their hibernation.

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