2019 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Sunday 21st April, 07:05

Where is Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? GIO Stadium

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos?
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 Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos?
Canberra Raiders – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500013

Brisbane Broncos – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500011

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Rapana, Wighton, Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Lui, J. Bateman, Whitehead, Sutton – Interchanges: Havili, Young, Soliola, Collins – Reserves: Sezer, Horsburgh, Murchie, Simonsson

Unavailable: Michael Oldfield, Joe Tapine

  • Canberra made it four wins from five as they nilled a team for the second time this season in a comfortable win over Parramatta and will be confident of extending their impressive run as they host an out of sorts Brisbane.

  • The Raiders will be without Joe Tapine again after he suffered a potentially nasty ankle injury on his return from a thumb problem with his place on the bench taken by Junior Collins in an otherwise unchanged side.

  • That means that Aidan Sezer looks set to be kept out of the side once again with Sam Williams getting the nod in the initial line-up at halfback although the pressure will be on the latter to perform in order to retain his place.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

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

Unavailable: Tevita Pangai Jnr., Matt Lodge

  • Brisbane suffered yet another defeat as their terrible start to the season endured another blow as Wests claimed a last-gasp win thanks to some shambolic defensive efforts by the Broncos.

  • The Broncos avoided any injuries or judicial charges last week and despite the manner of the loss last week, Anthony Seibold has resisted making wholesale changes with just Matt Lodge dropping out through injury with Gehamat Shibasaki coming onto the bench.

  • Seibold has struggled to get his side to adopt his style of play so far this season but that will have to change soon if the Broncos are to have any chance of making the play-offs with just one win to their name so far this season leaving them in a precarious position.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra's impressive start to the season continued as they shut out Parramatta last week and now host a beleaguered Brisbane outfit. The Broncos have managed just one win this season and things don't look like improving with the Raiders set to continue their superb start to the year. The Broncos have an impressive side on paper but haven’t adapted to how new head coach Anthony Seibold wants his side to play and with serious issues to fix, they will continue to struggle against an in-form Canberra side.