Rivalry Round 2.0 kicks off Brisbane Rugby League Premier A Grade fixtures this weekend after a successful bye round last weekend for our best players.
Brisbane Red progressed to the XXXX League Championship final after a big win over Toowoomba. They will face Cairns at Logan Metro Sports Complex on July 29.
Until then we have some tantalising A grade match-ups as we come into the pointy end of the season.
West Brisbane will host Valleys at Frank Lind Oval from 3pm Saturday.
The Panthers are coming off back-to-back losses but still sit at the top of the ladder.
Valleys sit in second, so this top of the table shindig will be one to savour.
The Panthers have playmaker Simon Brittain-Snowden returning, while Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerard has come to the Panthers from Souths Juniors and has been named at centre.
Valleys have a schmick backline that will test Wests and the bench for the Diehards has some serious menace.
Sonny Munroe, Michael McGuire and Cody Payne will have only bone-crushing defence on their mind. In Round 3 when they last met, it was Wests 22-18.
Beenleigh would have preferred that a bye was not last weekend after a thrilling win over the Panthers two weeks ago, when they would have liked to have carried that momentum into their home clash with Wynnum Manly Juniors
The Seagulls with a week’s break will look to reset for the 3pm kickoff at Hammel Park after going down to Bulimba last start.
Ryan Franks returns after an early exit due to injury and with Kobe Martin and try scoring machine Jalen Reweti in form the ‘Gulls could take the three points.
The Pride have a never give up attitude and last week was not the first time they have played out the 80 to conjure a win.
With rampaging Tyler Han at the back taking advantage of the work of metre eaters Sam Mataora and Andrew Petaia, Beenleigh are primed for another win.
It was the Seagulls 38-16 last time they met. This will be closer.
Bulimba are the current form side of the competition, dispatching both of last year’s grand finalists in the last two rounds.
They will be at home for a 3.35pm appointment with Carina.
The Tigers’ agenda is simple. They will need to win their remaining seven games. This could include some unorthodox and ad-lib footy.
None better than Mitchell Butler, Dredin Sorensen and Daniel Smith can bring the unpredictable.
For Bulimba, nothing needs to change. Form half Brad Russell will again be a handful.
Throw in Zak Tabi and Nat McGavin both in crazy good form the Tigers will need to bring their claws out against the dishlickers. In Round 3 it was Bulimba 42, Carina 6.
Normanby and Souths will go to town on each other from 4.30pm at Bert St Clair Oval.
Both the Hounds and Magpies sit outside the top five, with both sides desperate for three points to stay in touch.
The visitors have Hayden O’Hara playing his third game back from a long layoff.
One of the form players for Normanby in 2021 every game has him finding his mojo.
Khan Ahwang has his rocket launching kicking game and Coby McIntosh brings impressive go forward to lead a squad that can get the job done.
But wait. The Hounds have a Fai. Justin Fai. With Lochlan Srama and Jack Canning in the middle, the Hounds could disappoint the Magpies efforts.