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Brisbane Rugby League preview: Pride on the line in ding-dong battles

Bulimba will travel to Jim Lawrie Oval for a 6pm engagement that could see the Bulldogs have one hand on the minor premiership.

However, the high-flying Roosters may have something to say about that.

Brighton is equal fourth on the ladder on 33 points with the Seagulls and the Diehards.

A win and a loss from Beenleigh could propel the tricolours into the all-important second-chance third spot.

The Roosters have won five in a row.

Bulimba have been the form team of competition of the last 12 weeks and would love to pluck the Roosters at The Castle.

The dishlickers will need to starve an electric backline including seventh forward Rahkeem Auda, Zac ‘Twinkle Toes’ Taibi and Ronald Philitoga if the Puppies are to prevail and with Dilbert Issac leading the pack alongside Alexander ‘Hamilton’ Crust and Tommy ‘Turbo’ McKenzie, the backline will feast on plenty of ball to ensure a high scoring yet pulsating contest.

The Tigers' season will come to an end in three weeks but they are hell-bent on ensuring the same will happen to Normanby when the two sides meet at Leo Williams from 3pm. The Hounds will need to win all of their remaining fixtures, rely on other results and improve their for and against.

The front row from both camps will go toe to toe from the outset. Carina has Jake Barwick, Jerry Teme and Cameron Torphy to spearhead Carina if the Tigers are to taste victory. Normanby’s Fabien Paletua-Kiri, Kingstimer ‘Radar’ Paraia and Micheal ‘Bust My’ Butson will be equal to the challenge.

The Panthers return after the bye and will celebrate Indigenous Round, hosting the Magpies at Frank Lind Oval from 3pm.

For Wests, Josh Hoffman returns to the centres along with Chayse Cavanagh and second gamer James ‘Roberta’ Flack.

West Brisbane had been struggling before the bye and will look to return to their premiership winning form of 2022.

Souths Juniors are four points outside the top five, so a win is vital with three rounds remaining. With the experienced Hayden O’Hara, Jacob Tonge and Rhys ‘The Menace’ Melville in the nest, punters are split on a winner.

Valleys will be home to Beenleigh for a twilight 5pm blockbuster. The Diehards are out of the top five for the first time and with the Pride in a tussle for third spot, everything is on the line with the semi-finals just over the horizon.

The Diehards played their best footy last week late in the second half thanks to Justin ‘Massacre’ Makirere and will need similar aggression from Tauaalo Vaipulu and 'Micky Mac' Michael McGuire to bring that to Emerson Park and collect the vital three competition points.

Beenleigh have their own Monsters Inc, featuring Te Ranga Kihi, Zac ‘Alexander’ Hamilton and Hammer Hamuera Kingi to bring the scream to the hosts.

The Pride know all too well not leave it to the last round to qualify for September.

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