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25 Jul 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 26th July, 10:50 (UK)

Where? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 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-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=BRON2018

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

BRONCOS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Isaako, Oates, Roberts, Boyd, Kahu, Milford, Nikorima, Lodge, McCullough, Thaiday, Glenn, Pangai Jnr, McGuire – Interchanges: Staggs, Ofahengaue, Sims, Fifita – Reserves: Shibasaki, Mago, Tagataese, Dargan

Unavailable: Andre Savelio, Matt Gillett, Jack Bird, Payne Haas, Jayden Su’A

  • Brisbane responded to their poor display against New Zealand Warriors as they hammered Penrith last week. The Broncos blew their opponents away from the off and ran in five first half tries to lead 32-0 at the break, eventually claiming the points with a 50-18 win.

  • Unsurprisngly, Wayne Bennett has named the same 17 that took the field last week. That includes the same new-look backline that the Broncos fielded against the Panthers with Jamayne Isaako playing fullback, Darius Boyd at centre and Jordan Kahu on the wing.

  • The Broncos have hit form at just the right time with four wins from their last five games and they now sit just two points away from the teams in the top 4. They must look to maintain this good run of form though, with Wests Tigers just four points behind in ninth place.

SHARKS

Head Coach: Shane Flanagan

Starting 13: Holmes, Katoa, Ramien, Leutele, Lee, Moylan, Townsend, Fifita, Brailey, Prior, Lewis, Graham, Gallen – Interchanges: Sorensen, Segeyaro, Woods, Bukuya – Reserves: Paulo, Seumanufagai, Feki, Gray

Unavailable: Josh Dugan, Jack Williams, Kurt Capewell

  • Cronulla won a hugely contentious game against Canberra last week. With the Raiders beginning to force some pressure having scored the last two tries in the game, the Sharks scored one of the most controversial tries ever seen in the NRL to ultimately win them the game as they held on 28-24.

  • Luke Lewis returns to back-row which results in Scott Sorensen dropping to the bench and Joseph Paulo into the reserves.

  • Whilst last week’s game has been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding it, what shouldn’t be overshadowed is the run of form that the Sharks have put together. They have now won 10 of their last 12 games and sit just two points off the top of the ladder.

THE PREDICTION

The Sharks head to Suncorp to face the Broncos in what should be a brilliant contest to get Round 20 underway. Both teams are in good form with two places separating them on the ladder and two competition points also the difference. The Broncos went 6-3 at home with last week’s win and will hope to make that 7-3 here but face a tough task against a side that have lost just two of their last 12 matches. The Sharks have won some tight contests in that run and may need to do so again in what should be a very competitive contest. The Broncos edged this the last time that two teams met in Round 15 and they can do so again on home soil but will need to be quick out of the blocks like they were last week.

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