IT HAS been a case of two steps forward, one step backward for Norths in their efforts to get their top team back on the paddock.
Then Tigers take on Swifts on Sunday at Keith Sternberg Oval and welcome five-eighth Brendon Lindsay back.
Lindsay made a huge impact in his debut three weeks ago, but suffered a rib cartilage injury in the process.
He should help provide the cutting edge the Tigers lacked in their loss to the Eagles, which should see them have too much for a Swifts side forced to shift lock Alby Talipeau into five-eighth to cover the loss of Wiki Hemopo.
But Norths are without fullback Andrew Campbell, possibly for the rest of the season, after he dislocated his knee against Goodna.
However more reinforcements are expected in the form of high-quality backs Brendon Marshall and Josh Roberts in coming weeks.
Chris Scanlan, filling in a skipper in Roberts' absence, is particularly happy with Lindsay's return.
It means Scanlan can return to his regular spot at lock.
"I don't think we need to work on too much," Scanlan said.
"We tried to concentrate last week on completing our sets and working the percentages.
"I think we're where we want to be at this stage of the season."
Brothers meanwhile, face a West End team at Basin Pocket this evening looking to put last week's embarrassment at Fassifern behind them.
The Bulldogs have injuries to contend with but must front up in defence if they are to compete.
Brothers welcome back skipper Jack Boettcher, who missed last weekend's round due to personal issues.
He will start at lock with Mark Leisemann to pay five-eighth in the absence of William Oloitoa.
In the weekend's other clash Fassifern travels to Goodna Sunday to play the Eagles.
Look out for an IRL wrap-up in Monday's QT.