2018 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs New Zealand Warriors Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 15th July, 05:00 (UK)

Where? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Brisbane Broncos vs New Zealand Warriors will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - 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=BRON1818

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: Staggs, Ofahengaue, Sims, Pangai Jnr – Reserves: Pearson, Mago, Fifita, Tagataese, Turpin, Opacic

Unavailable: Andre Savelio, Matt Gillett, Jack Bird, Payne Haas

  • Brisbane were in superb form last week as they overcame the loss of four key players to Origin duty to beat Gold Coast without the Titans troubling the scorers. The Broncos ran in five tries as they nilled the Titans 0-34.

  • All of the Origin players will back-up for the Broncos with Corey Oates, James Roberts, Andrew McCullough and Josh McGuire back in their club colours. Their return means Jonus Pearson, Patrick Mago, Jake Turpin and David Fifita all drop to the reserves.

  • Brisbane have won five of their seven fixtures home fixtures this season and now have a run of three games on home soil against other teams within the top 8.

WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Hiku, Kata, Beale, Green, Johnson, Gavet, Luke, Paasi, Papali’i, Mannering, Blair – Interchanges: Tevaga, Satae, Vuna, Gelling – Reserves: Sao, Lawton, Ayshford, Lino

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache, Leivaha Pulu, Bunty Afoa, Tohu Harris, Ken Maumalo

  • New Zealand Warriors were poor last week as they were comfortably beaten by a young Penrith side. Despite the Panthers missing several players to Origin, the Warriors couldn’t capitalise and were on the wrong end of a 36-4 scoreline.

  • Ken Maumalo has picked up a knee injury so Gerard Beale starts on the wing and Anthony Gelling comes onto the bench. In the only other change to last week’s 17, Ligi Sao drops to the reserves and Joseph Vuna comes onto the bench.

  • At the end of Round 15, the Warriors were comfortable in fourth place on the NRL ladder but back-to-back defeats has seen them slide down to eighth and a third loss here could start to see some panic set in as the chasing pack could close the gap.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane produced arguably the performance of the shortened round last week as they nilled Gold Coast to win their third game in a row. They now host New Zealand Warriors who have dropped below them on the NRL ladder after two losses in a row. The Warriors were outclassed by an inexperienced Panthers side last week and will need a response if they are to keep pace with those above them. That will be difficult to achieve against a Broncos side that have lost just two of their home games this season and with their Origin stars back this week, they can make it four wins in a row.