Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

IRL Premiership Glory on the Line

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

IRL Premiership Glory on the Line

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Last year finished: Premiers.

Gains: Anthony Kerwin (Beaudesert).

Losses: Matt Bon (Cairns), Fakahoko C[pounds sterling]HuskyC[yen] Teutau (New Zealand).

Coach Paul Roos says: C[pounds sterling]WeCOve just got to try and get ourselves right and plan for the season. Early on it is about who completes their sets well that normally comes away with the win.C[yen]

RoosCO team to beat: Brothers.

Comment: Appear similarly strong on paper to last year, which means they are the team to beat. How they handle being premiers will decide success of their season.

Prediction: Third.

Last year: Runners up.

Gains: Shane Gibson (returned form Gladstone), Iosua Afoa and Jester Niuula (Logan Brothers), Joel Swan (Souths Logan), Lachlan Tuite (Swifts).

Losses: None.

Captain Blake OCOLoan says: C[pounds sterling]We just need to show a bit more aggression on the field. With a bit more size we can bend the line a bit more.C[yen]

OCOLoanCOs team to beat: Goodna.

Comment: No Brothers team can be discounted from premiership contention. Shane GibsonCOs return strengthens a backline weakened by long term injury to fullback Tim Sauer. How their forward pack muscles up will be key.

Prediction: Grand finalist.

Last year finished: Fourth.

Gains: David Solomona (Warrington Super League), Alby Talipeau (Swifts), David Heketoa, Jason Lennox, Chris Perelini (Sunnybank Union), Hofena Matamua (Easts Union), Clement Nanai (Norths Devils).

Losses: Niu Maigoa, Stanton Manoo, James Lagiloaloa, Samson Hookey.

Coach Shaun OCOLoan says: C[pounds sterling]Improvement can come from our mental toughness. To be able to grind games out and get better as the year goes on.C[yen]

OCOLoanCOs teams to beat: Fassifern and Brothers.

Comment: Goodna never lack the talent. So if David Solomona and Sione Faumuina play significant roles this season Goodna deserve title favouritism. …

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