FOR a rare change this season all IRL A grade matches went to form.

The top three teams - Norths, Brothers and Goodna, all posted wins over Fassifern, Swifts and West End respectively.

Goodna held out the slow starting, fast finishing West End 36-32 at Basin Pocket.

Brothers beat Swifts 29-18 at Purga in the annual Kim Walters Choices Program clash to raise money for breast cancer support.

It was a close run thing at Keith Sternberg Oval, where the premiers Norths came from behind at half-time to beat Fassifern 26-20.

Tigers forward Brent Newton admitted the Bombers posed his team plenty of problems.

But the Tigers' defence is enabling them to stay in games and the experience and confidence gained from taking out last year's title means they know how to win the close ones.

"They like to spread it and find holes," Newton said of the Bombers.

"A bit like the Ipswich Jets do.

"They throw the ball long, then attack on the opposite side.

"But our defence is pretty good at the moment.

"And all the forwards are starting to step up."

Norths lead the competition from Brothers and Goodna in equal second.



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