2019 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Brisbane Broncos vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons taking place? Thursday 28th March, 08:50

Where is Brisbane Broncos vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons taking place? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is Brisbane Broncos vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Brisbane Broncos vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Brisbane Broncos vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons?
Brisbane Broncos – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500011

St. George-Illawarra Dragons – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500022

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

Starting 13: Boyd, Oates, Roberts, Bird, Isaako, Milford, Nikorima, Pangai Jnr., McCullough, Ofahengaue, Glenn, Fifita, Gillett – Interchanges: Staggs, Su’A, Flegler, Fensom – Reserves: Carrigan, Mago, Perese, Shibasaki

Unavailable: Payne Haas, Matt Lodge

  • Brisbane produced a very good display as they were comfortable victors over North Queensland Cowboys in the Queensland derby as the Broncos picked up their first win of the season.

  • The Broncos came through the game with the Cowboys unscathed and have unsurprisingly named an unchanged side as a reward for such a dominant performance last week as they host the winless Dragons.

  • Tevita Pangai Jnr. was a one-man wrecking ball last week as he relished his starting role with the powerful forward hitting everything that moved and backed it up with some damaging runs with one culminating in a try.

ST. GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

Starting 13: Widdop, Pereira, Aitken, Lafai, Ravalawa, Norman, Hunt, Graham, McInnes, Vaughan, Host, T. Sims, Lawrie – Interchanges: Latimore, Dufty, K. Sims, Leilua – Reserves: Lomax, Robson, Allgood, Pearson

Unavailable: Jack de Belin, Tyson Frizell

  • St George lost their second straight game to start the season as they suffered a heavy loss to South Sydney thanks to a poor second half with the Dragons needing to show a lot more than they did in that 40 minutes.

  • Korbin Sims will be available to make his debut for the Dragons after completing the ban picked up before his move from Brisbane and is set to be introduced from the interchange bench after he replaced Josh Kerr in the only change to last week.

  • Despite calls to change the spine of the side, Paul McGregor has opted to retain Gareth Widdop at fullback despite his post-match comments last week that suggested he wasn’t happy in that role with Corey Norman and Ben Hunt again named in the halves.

THE PREDICTION

Things clicked into place for Brisbane as they proved too strong for North Queensland last week and they will be looking to make it back-to-back wins as they host the winless St. George. The Dragons have a lot to do to turn around their poor early season form and should be on the end of another loss here. Their troubles mainly stem from the selection of their spine with Paul McGregor making several positional changes mid-game which isn’t helping the Dragons. If the Broncos can maintain their level of performance from last week, they can win comfortably.