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BRL Round 10 preview: Another exciting bird battle looms

Brighton Roosters have played wonderful rugby league all season.

The only problem has been winning.

Sitting in eighth place they have better for-and-against than the three sides above them. They will be at home at Jim Lawrie Oval for a 4.30pm appointment with an improving Magpies line up.

Souths Juniors' Brayden Whittaker, Sebastian Winters-Chang and James Horvat will look to cross the line as they did last week.

Brock Nelson has moved to fullback and Caleb Osbourne and Jacek McLauren will be tasked with steering their giant chooks up the middle. 

Souths came away with a win 26-18 in round one, however that was at their nest. The Roosters don’t play nice at their house.

The Magpies come into this one on a high after taking three points off Wynnum Manly Juniors thanks to a field goal, to have the Seagulls come away with a second straight defeat 21-20.

Wynnum Manly will be out to return to the winner’s circle when they travel to Leo Williams Oval for their 3pm kickoff against Carina.

The Tigers are also coming off a 48-12 loss to the defending premiers West Brisbane in their last start.

Carina played a solid first half before leaking five quick tries and will need to be better against the 'Gulls.

Cameron and Brayden Torpy along with Lukas Halls have the task of bringing their experience to the table. However, as well as they played last week, all 17 will need their A game to front up.

As always, the Juniors throw a huge pack on the park, and they will have halves Ethan Unicomb and Kobe Martin sending that pack up the middle. Last time they met in Round 1, Wynnum Manly Juniors defeated Carina 36-14.

The match of the round pits Bulimba up against West Brisbane at Balmoral Sports Reserve from 3.15pm.

The Panthers' only loss in one and a half seasons was in Round 1 against the Bulldogs 18-6.

Bulimba will be fresh after a bye last week while the Panthers have named vastly different 17 to that which ran out last week.

'The Hoff' Josh Hoffman returns as does Josese Wagalevu and Jacob ‘Ned’ Kelly.

Kelly adds more muscle to an already brutish pack, something Bulimba will need to at least match if they are to be two and zero against the visitors. 

Hayden Herbert returns with regular line-breakers Will Hobbs and Ronald Philitoga to add to a razzle-dazzle backline.

Will dogs be dining on cat or will the Panthers send the Doggies off with their tails between their legs? 80 minutes is all we need to find out.

Normanby's last win was in round seven, so if the Hounds are to play finals footy they will need to shrug off this form slump. They will be at home at Bert St Claire on their new oval from 4.30pm.

Valleys have no intention of ending their two on the trot streak that has them alone in second place on the ladder.

The Diehards thumped the Hounds 40-16 in Round 1 but this will be a closer affair.

The guile and wizardry of both sets of halves will be highlights.

For the Hounds, Caleb Daunt and Brad Campbell are kids on red cordial without water continually on the move looking for gaps.

The Diehards have their own Energizer bunnies with Josh Fauid and Hayden Rowbotham cable of winning this match up, Zoolander style.

Main image: Dilbert Issac hits it up for Brighton Roosters in Round 9 against Valleys. Photo: John Devine/QRL

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