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BRL lowdown - Round 3: Four undefeated team look to break away

The Carina Tigers are in unfamiliar territory as they sit at the top of the Premier A grade competition after two round.

Carina overcame a 28-18 deficit with 20 minutes remaining last week to claim their second win 30-18.

Beenleigh will host their first home game at Hammel Park from 3pm, where they will take on the Redcliffe Dolphins.

Pride club captain Andrew Petaia said “looking at the highlights, Redcliffe’s forwards like to throw it around a bit. We need to not only look after the ball carrier put the pop-pass out the back”.

Redcliffe played middle-third footy last week led by a powerhouse game from skipper Tauaalo Vaipulu.

With player of the match Thomas Casey and try scorer Jacob Sturt adding inspiration, the 'Phins will be out for a three-peat.

The Pride fell short against Valleys last week, but only by eight. Redcliffe are at Ty Han’s house and the skipper will be up for this home clash as will fronties Sione Lopamaua and Garrett Smith.

Beenleigh has a huge pack, so if Redcliffe bring a similar game plan, there will be carnage up the middle.

2023 minor premiers Bulimba are back at Balmoral for a stoush with the Magpies.

Souths Juniors will feel one got away from them last start and will fly out from the first whistle.

They will be chasing their first win. Three loses to start the year equate to a challenging season ahead.

The Bulldogs piled on 60 last week and will out for Mag-pie.

Dynamic Mitchell Butler returns after being cruelled by injuries. Add Zac Taibi, Tahj Wood and Sharmah Kendrick and you have a challenging 4 x 100m relay team right there.

The Panthers are back at Frank Lind Oval against Normanby at 4.30pm.

The Hounds were mauled last week, while the Panthers scattered the Seagulls last start and are looking the goods to add two more competition points. The Hounds will be out to prove that to be incorrect.

Brighton at Jim Lawrie Oval from 4.30pm will again be in for a test against top of the table Carina.

The Roosters were in strife with 10 to go before half-time at Kayo Stadium, but managed a mini fight back. A try straight after the break and it was game on until Redcliffe found another gear. 

Ethan Powell, Jayden Taufa and Liam Gash must bring the menace to tackle a mobile and dangerous Tigers six-pack. The elusive Dredin Sorensen at 13 with fellow go forward meat of Joshua Colls, Lukas Halls best be on guard at Castle de Rooster.

The defending premiers have once again started off a season a little flat. They are yet to have a win and the tackling bags will still be smarting after a poor defensive display from both opening encounters.

They have a stunning side on paper. Names like Trevor Monaei, Jack Stafford and Ryan O’keefe are prolific try scorers. The Gulls just need some footy.

Valleys bounced back last start but this is not going to be easy for the 4.30pm kickoff, travelling to Kitchener Park to take on the Seagulls.

Diehards fullback Connor Miller told BRL Weekly: “It’s not a nice place to go to (Kitchener Park). We need to start well and maintain that for the rest of the game, play with good intent in the middle and we should go pretty well”.

The Diehards starting 13 is bristling with talent, but the Gulls will need to be braced for the injection off the bench from Cody Payne, Faatetai Vaavale and Lachlan Foulds.

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