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29 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Canberra Raiders Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 30th June, 10:35 (UK)

Where? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=BRON1618

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

BRONCOS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Boyd, Oates, Roberts, Kahu, Isaako, Milford, Nikorima, Lodge, McCullough, Thaiday, Glenn, Su’A, McGuire – Interchanges: Mago, Ofahengaue, Opacic – Reserves: Tagataese, Opacic

Unavailable: Andre Savelio, Matt Gillett, Jack Bird, Payne Haas, Tevita Pangai Jnr

  • Brisbane were fortune to come away with the win against Cronulla as they benefitted from a favourable call to take the two points. Corey Oates’ spectacular finish in the corner sealed the win for the Broncos and although the ball to him looked forward, the try was given to seal a 16-20 win for Brisbane.

  • Tevita Pangai Jnr is out with a rib injury so Alex Glenn comes into the starting side. Tom Opacic is recalled with Brisbane likely to name Korbin Sims as their fourth man on their bench if he is deemed fit.

  • Brisbane have won four of their six home games this season, winning the last three consecutively.

RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Abbey, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Oldfield, Austin, Sezer, Soliola, Hodgson, Boyd, Tapine, Whitehead, Papalii – Interchanges: Havili, Paulo, Lui, Knight – Reserves: Murchie, Garvey

Unavailable: Jordan Rapana, Jack Wighton, Luke Bateman

  • Josh Hodgson’s return from an ACL injury spurred the Raiders on to their biggest win of the season over Wests. The hooker made a huge impact off the bench to inspire a nine-try victory as the Raiders ran out 12-48 winners.

  • Jack Wighton has been stood down by the Raiders whilst he goes through court proceedings. Brad Abbey comes in for him at fullback with Junior Paulo also named in the 17 after recovering from a foot injury, replacing Luke Bateman who has a knee injury.

  • Canberra won just their second game away from the nation’s capital with the win over the Tigers. If they can get to a 50% win ratio on the road with wins in this game and next week against the Bulldogs, the Raiders would be right in the mix for a top 8 spot.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane host Canberra in a huge game at Suncorp Stadium. With four points separating the eighth-placed Broncos and ninth-placed Raiders, a defeat for Canberra could be catastrophic for their hopes of reaching the finals. Brisbane know a win would also keep them in the mix for the top four. They sit just four points behind the second-placed Rabbitohs, highlighting how congested it is in the top 8. Both teams secured important wins last week but the Raiders will need Josh Hodgson to guide them around the pitch as well as he did on his return from injury last week. This game could go either way but with so much on the line for the Raiders, they can just edge this one.

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