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BRL preview: Comp wide open as clubs round home turn

Round 13 results could turn the Brisbane Rugby League top five into an absolute lottery, with each of them seemingly a contender this year.

While the Tigers are unlikely to feature in semi-finals in 2023, they could spoil the ambition of those that come before them with seven rounds to go.

Beenleigh have accounted for last year's grand finalists and have put the competition on notice.

The Pride will clash with Tigers at Leo Williams Oval at 3pm.

The home side spine is one of envy with the likes of Brayden Torpy, Max Lehmann, Jayden Newbould and Jerry Teme all game-changers. 

'The Menace' wearing 12 for the Pride, Kitron Laka, will look to add to his try scoring pile. Laka has been ruthless in defence as well as attack. 

The mercurial Tyler Han at the back and the wily David Quinlin at half and you have a potent Pride brimming with belief. The Tigers need to bring their claws out as the Cats come out to play.

The Bulldogs host Souths Juniors at 3.15pm. Bulimba are one point from top spot while the Magpies are in sixth by the one competition point, making for a delicious contest.

A loss from either side and a tumble down the ladder will be the consequence.  For Bulimba, Will Hobbs returns from injury. Hobbs will be a handful with his dummy half runs. Throw in a redhead temperament and you have a lethal weapon.

Skipper Izacc Skyring has led from the front and will have the ‘passionate’ Adam Kambouris to create mayhem up the middle when injected. 

The Magpies also have some weapons of their own to fire - Khan Ahwang.

Ahwang has been on fire with his goal kicking. He has the capability to kick a field goal that could hit the windscreen of the International Space Station.  

Bulimba will need to be disciplined or Ahwang will take the two… easy. Wingers Sebastian Winters-Chang and Israel Taligatus have serious wheels and will need to be held in check.

The Roosters have had a bye. They will host West Brisbane at Jim Lawrie Oval at twilight from 4.30pm. 

The Panthers have returned to winning after accounting for Valleys last week.

West Brisbane will need to keep their cool. The past three starts have seen players in the sin bin and with a man down Brighton will fly through that vacant space. 

Wests have front row will be a handful. With Tyrone Amey, Shane Pumipi and the return of Chris ‘The God of Thunder’ Gesch, the Panthers are in no mood to lose any more games.

Tell that to the Roosters pack and you have a 80 minutes of carnage on your hands. Dilbert Issac, Samson Graham and Brayden ‘Demolition’ Dee will see about nullifying the mud-and-blood bully boys.

The Seagulls have slipped to fifth place. They will be home to the Diehards from 4.30pm. Both sides are coming off losses.

Wynnum Manly Juniors have some electric players out wide. Ryan O’Keefe, Jalen Reweti and Trevor ‘The Tricky Try Scorer’ Monaei don’t pass the footy because they are usually placing in the in goal.

On the other side of the ledger, Valleys back row also have four pointers in them. Reed Young, Kye Jenkins and Sonny Munroe are all hungry for pies.

A loss to either side could push the familiar top three sides into unchartered waters.

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