2018 NRL – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 2nd August, 10:50 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos 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=DGS2118

THE LOWDOWN

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Hopoate, B. Morris, J. Morris, Holland, R. Smith, Lewis, Marshall-King, Tolman, Lichaa, Fualalo, Jackson, Martin, Elliott – Interchanges: Brown, Eastwood, Ogden, C. Smith – Reserves: Toomaga, Frawley, Tualau, Olive

Unavailable: Kieran Foran, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Marcelo Montoya, David Klemmer

  • Canterbury lifted themselves to 13th on the NRL ladder with a win over Wests Tigers last week. The Bulldogs proved a difficult nut to crack in defence as they were deserved winners by 16 points to four.

  • David Klemmer is suspended so will miss out here. He is replaced by Danny Fualalo in the front row whilst Chris Smith will make his club debut from the bench.

  • Last week’s win was just the second in nine matches for the Bulldogs but facing an in-form Broncos side will mean a much sterner test.

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 produced a brilliant performance to see off Cronulla last week in a game that looked every bit like a finals match. In a pulsating contest, Jordan Kahu’s 48th minute penalty was enough to separate the teams as the Broncos edged it 12-10.

  • Wayne Bennett has stuck with the same 17 from last week although Joe Ofahengaue could potentially come into the run-on side in place of Matt Lodge with the latter again reverting to the bench.

  • The Broncos’ fifth win from their last six games was a welcome one, not only drawing them level on points with the Sharks but also ensuring the gap between them and the fourth-placed side remained at just two points.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane appear to be timing their run towards the play-offs to perfection with the Broncos hitting form at just the right time, picking up valuable wins along the way but producing some magnificent performances too. That run continued with a brilliant win over Cronulla last week in one of a candidate for game of the season. They now head face Canterbury who produced a good performance of their own last week to claim a much-needed win over Wests Tigers. The Bulldogs showed massive improvements in defence to allow just the one try and always looked like taking the spoils. However, their joy from that game is likely to be short-lived with the Broncos carrying on their impressive run of recent form here.