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BRL lowdown Round 12: Shadows in final chance to impress Brisbane coaches

Squads have been named for the XXXX Chair’s Challenge, with shadow selections out to impress in Round 12 of the Premier A-Grade competition.

The Magpies leaked 50-plus last week while the Bulldogs put 50-plus on the board. The two sides will meet at 3pm Saturday out at Brandon Park.

Souths Juniors' season seems to be all but over.

Bulimba sits in sixth on the ladder and needs two points to stay in touch with a congested mid-table.

Will Hobbs returns to the Bulldogs bench. A dangerous runner at dummy half, it would pay for Mitchell Butler and Dan Smith to push up with Hobbs, who is likely to make a break when he does run.

The middle for the Magpies will need to be on alert. They have that vision from the likes of Braden Teuila, Callum Rigney and Seb Pianko.

Round 3 it went Souths Juniors 34, Bulimba 10.

The Diehards and Seagulls pushed their opponents last week but came up short.

At Emerson Park from 3pm, the two sides will be going all out for the ‘W’.

The defending premiers Wynnum Manly Juniors are sitting in seventh, the Diehards equal fifth.

The equation is simple - the loser will be outside the five.

For the Seagulls, their title defence will become a lot more desperate.

Valleys have the blue lantern Connor Miller at fullback and with wingmen Latrell Robinson and Joe Wagalevu able to go from 0 to 100 in no time, The Juniors will need some pace to counter punch.

Will Parslow, Ryan O’Keefe and Jack Stafford will be under starters orders to run the Diehards quicks down.

Round 3 was Valleys 16 Wynnum Manly Juniors 14.

The Tigers hit back last week. They will be home again at Leo Williams Oval from 3pm, where the Roosters will land.

Brighton with back row menace, Devonte Sa’u, Mali Le Pou and Cameron Gill will square up against Carina’s Ben Whybird, Jack Svendsen and Jake Barwick.

Brighton showed some grit last week and will need that to take down the Tigers.

Brighton’s campaign has a pulse, but it is faint. The home side are desperate to return to their early season form, regardless of their big win last week. Round 3 was Carina 40, Brighton 14.

The Hounds were giant killers two weeks ago. They will be at home to the undefeated West Brisbane Panthers at Bert St Claire Oval from 4.30pm. 

Wests were tested by the premiers last week, while the Hounds season is over.

Normanby have named the elusive and experienced Mitch Hallinan in the centres, however he will need the likes of big dogs Blake Hunter and Paddy Lilii to take the Panthers head on.

‘Bring it’ will be the message from Wests big cats Wyatt Reynolds and Thomas McKenzie. Round 3 was Wests 60, Normanby 4.

Redcliffe have found their mojo after a mid-season stumble. They will be at home, Kayo Stadium, from midday on Sunday.

Beenleigh have put the competition on notice with their recent form. The Pride will join the second placed Dolphins on 16 points with a win here.

All eyes will be on the halves match ups. For Redcliffe, Thomas Casey and John Fineanganofo will match wits with LJ Waddups and Bradley Frith.

Throw in the guile and wizardry of the fullbacks - for Redcliffe, Michael McGrath, and Beenleigh, Ty Han.

It will take the full 80 minutes before a winner will be decided. Round 3 was Redcliffe 30 Beenleigh 16.

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