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10 Apr 2019 by Ash Wheldon

2019 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers taking place? Thursday 11th April, 10:50

Where is Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers taking place? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers?
Brisbane Broncos – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500011

Wests Tigers – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500023

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

Starting 13: Boyd, Oates, Staggs, Bird, Isaako, Milford, Nikorima, Lodge, McCullough, Ofahengaue, Glenn, Gillett, Fifita – Interchanges: Shibasaki, Su’A, Flegler, Carrigan – Reserves: Haas, Fensom, Roberts, Kennar

Unavailable: Tevita Pangai Jnr.

  • Brisbane lost their third game of the season as they suffered their record defeat against Sydney Roosters in another below-par performance which has seen questions asked of new head coach Anthony Seibold.

  • Seibold is trying to change the way the Broncos play, much like he did at the Rabbitohs in his rookie season last year, but it is taking time to implement and he hasn’t been helped by some of his players seriously underperforming.

  • The Broncos will be without prop Tevita Pangai Jnr. for the next two matches after he copped a ban for a late shot on Cooper Cronk, with David Fifita named at lock in his place, whilst Patrick Carrigan has been named on the bench for his NRL debut.

WESTS TIGERS

Head Coach: Michael Maguire

Starting 13: Mbye, Fonua, Jennings, Marsters, Thompson, Reynolds, Brooks, Packer, Farah, Twal, Matterson, Garner, Aloiai – Interchanges: Matulino, Mikaele, Eisenhuth, Chee-Kam – Reserves: Momirovski, Taylor, Nofoaluma, McQueen

Unavailable: Chris Lawrence, Benji Marshall

  • Wests Tigers failed to see the game out against Penrith last week, with the Panthers hitting back late on before securing a golden point win to condemn the Tigers to a second consecutive defeat.

  • Josh Reynolds put in a superb performance for the Tigers as he looks to maintain his place in the side ahead of Benji Marshall's return with the latter failing to prove his fitness in time for this contest.

  • Russell Packer swaps places with Ben Matulino this week as the former comes into the starting line-up whilst Elijah Taylor makes way for Josh Aloiai who starts at lock.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane look to have some real issues and James Roberts appears to have compounded that with his off-field antics hitting the spotlight after their huge loss to the Roosters. Now the Broncos host Wests Tigers in what should be a cagey affair. The Tigers have shown to be competent in defence and that could frustrate the Broncos with their own defence struggling. They are sure to have faced some stern words after last week and that could well be enough to guide them to a much-needed win.

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