Brothers celebrate a try in their 28-all draw against Swifts on Sunday, which has qualified them for the IRL A grade semi-finals.
Brothers celebrate a try in their 28-all draw against Swifts on Sunday, which has qualified them for the IRL A grade semi-finals. David Nielsen

Ipswich finals plot thickens

WHILE Brothers have ensured they will play finals, knocking Swifts out in the process, Norths' grip on the minor premiership has loosened further.

Brothers drew 28-all with Swifts at Brother Seery Park on Sunday, effectively knocking the Bluebirds out of finals contention and ensuring their own participation in the Ipswich Rugby League A grade finals series.

But Norths' second successive loss; this one to Fassifern to the tune of 20-16 at Harrisville, and Goodna's 33-28 win over West End at Goodna; has seen the Eagles close to within a point of the Tigers in the race for top spot.

It has set up a mouth-watering clash on Sunday when the top two teams meet at Keith Sternberg Oval.

"Last week and this week have definitely been a wake-up call," Norths halfback Steven West said.

"We' need to get back to pushing forward in numbers and getting to kicks, because our defence is pretty good."

Meanwhile, the Ipswich Jets have seen their own Queensland Cup top-two aspirations disappear following their 32-14 loss to PNG Hunters on Saturday.