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02 May 2018 by TSZ

2018 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 3rd May, 10:50 (UK)

Where? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will not be televised live in the UK Australia -Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

BRONCOS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Boyd, Oates, Roberts, Opacic, Isaako, Milford, Bird, Lodge, McCullough, Thaiday, Glenn, Su’A, Pangai Jnr – Interchanges: Haas, Ofahengaue, Nikorima, Sims – Reserves: Pearson, Murphy, Tagataese, Mogo

Unavailable: Andre Savelio, Jordan Kahu, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire

  • Brisbane put in an impressive performance as they overcame South Sydney last week. In a closely fought game, the Broncos were able to overturn a 12-6 half-time deficit as they ran in three second half tries to claim a 20-24 win.
  • After suffering an elbow ligament injury in Round 7, Andrew McCullough has made a miraculous recovery to return to full training and severely cut short his expected six-week spell on the sidelines. However, Josh McGuire has suffered an ankle injury and is expected to miss six weeks.
  • One of the key elements in Brisbane’s success last week was winning the forward battle. Coming up against the side with the most metres in the competition, the Broncos not only managed to make more metres than the Rabbitohs (1,452 compared to 1,431) but did so from fewer carries (168 compared to 180).

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Mbye, B. Morris, J. Morris, Hopoate, Montoya, Marshall-King, Foran, Woods, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Elliott – Interchanges: Priest, Fualalo, Fine, Holland – Reserves: Olive, Martin, Toomaga, Frawley

Unavailable: Tom Carr, Aiden Tolman

  • Canterbury’s struggles continued as they were beaten by Penrith last week. The Bulldogs are now level on points with bottom-placed Parramatta after they were unable to score a try after the 24th minute of the game having scored two before that with them going down 22-14.
  • Greg Eastwood has been dropped with Clay Priest coming onto the bench in his place in what will be his first game for his new club.
  • The difference in metres made per set proved telling in the Bulldogs’ loss last week. The Panthers were able to average 42m a set whilst the Bulldogs could only make 34.1 metres per set with that difference too much over the course of the game.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane kick off Round 9 as they face Canterbury at Suncorp with both teams eager to claim the two points on offer. Whilst it isn’t an unassailable gap to the top 8, Canterbury won’t want to lose too much ground in the race for the finals whilst Brisbane are only outside of the 8 on points difference. The Broncos have been inconsistent this season but have put in some strong performances along the way and last week was one of those against the Rabbitohs. They will be hoping to string some results together knowing they sit just two points off fourth-place and they can earn those points here.

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