2019 NRL – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Saturday 7th September, 08:30

Where is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? ANZ Stadium

What channel is Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos on?
UK – Sky Sports Mix
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 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 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos?
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500010

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

THE TEAM NEWS

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Hopoate, Meaney, Harper, Smith, Okunbor, Foran, Lewis, Tolman, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Harawira-Naera, Elliott – Interchanges: Cogger, Toomaga, Faitala-Mariner, C. Smith – Reserves: Fualalo, Tass, Brown, Ogden

Unavailable: Sauaso Sue, Marcelo Montoya, Christian Crichton, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Kerrod Holland

  • Canterbury's slim chances of making the play-offs were ended as they went down to their first loss in five games against North Queensland but will aim to end the season on a high as they host Brisbane.

  • Bulldogs winger Reimis Smith will be back from a one-match ban but Christian Crichton is done for the year with an ankle injury and he is joined on the sidelines by Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Kerrod Holland.

  • Their absence means John Hopoate shifts to fullback with Smith coming back into the side at centre where he will feature alongside Morgan Harper who will make his NRL debut in the centres.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

Starting 13: Milford, Isaako, Staggs, Glenn, Oates, Boyd, Turpin, Lodge, McCullough, Haas, Fifita, Gillett, Carrigan – Interchanges: Segeyaro, Flegler, Perese, Kennedy – Reserves: O’Sullivan, Shibasaki, Fensom, Ofahengaue

Unavailable: Jack Bird, Richie Kennar, Tom Dearden, Tevita Pangai Jnr., Joe Ofahengaue

  • Brisbane secured a huge win in the context of their season as they beat Parramatta in golden point to all-but seal a play-off berth but they will want to ensure their spot is confirmed by beating Canterbury.

  • Jake Turpin will be back from a ban for the Broncos and Joe Ofahengaue was also expected to be fit following tightness in his calf but he has suffered a setback this week and will not feature despite featuring among the reserves in the side named at the start of the week.

  • Turpin comes straight back into the side at halfback whilst Izaia Perese is named on the bench in place of Gehamat Shibasaki in the only other change to last week’s dramatic victory over the Eels.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane took a giant leap towards qualifying for the finals as they edged Parramatta in golden point. They will make the top 8 as long as Wests Tigers and Cronulla do not draw their game but can secure their own fate with a win against Canterbury in a game that could be a low-scoring affair which has been the case in many of the Bulldogs’ games recently but the Broncos can be the side to come away with the spoils.

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