2020 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Friday 31st July, 2020 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

What is the expected weather for Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks? 15c, clear skies

What channel is Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Boyd, Kennar, Staggs, Farnworth, Coates, Milford, Dearden, Flegler, Turpin, Haas, Ofahengaue, Pangai Jnr., Carrigan – Interchanges: Luke, Kennedy, Bullemor, Te’o – Reserves: Petterson-Robati, Arthars

Unavailable: Jack Bird (Injured), Jordan Kahu (Injured), Sean O’Sullivan (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), David Fifita (Injured), Matt Lodge (Injured), Alex Glenn (Injured), Corey Oates (Injured), Tesi Niu (Injured), Brodie Croft (Injured)

  • Brisbane Broncos competed well for the opening 30 minutes of their clash with Melbourne Storm but the rest of the game resembled the poor performances that they have produced for the majority of the season as they suffered another big defeat.
  • The Broncos held the lead approaching the half-hour but then went on to concede 40 unanswered points in the capitulation and the 8-46 loss means that they have now conceded 337 points, making them the worst defensive side in the NRL.
  • There are big changes to their side once again this week with Darius Boyd shifting to fullback and Anthony Milford back in the halves with Brodie Croft out injured, while Jake Turpin makes his return from injury at hooker and Issac Luke is back on the bench following his ban.

CRONULLA SHARKS

Starting 13: Kennedy, Katoa, Talakai, Ferris, Mulitalo, Johnson, Tracey, Hamlin-Uele, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Graham, Rudolf – Interchanges: Williams, Wilton, Hunt, Trindall – Reserves: Goodwin, Magoulias

Unavailable: Cameron King (Injured), Bronson Xerri (Disciplinary), Matt Moylan (Injured), Andrew Fifita (Injured), Scott Sorensen (Injured), Chad Townsend (Injured), Jesse Ramien (Injured), Josh Dugan (Injured)

  • Cronulla Sharks were pushed all the way by St. George Illawarra Dragons last week but they did enough to fend off their opponents in what was a controversial encounter with the Sharks making it five wins from their last six matches.
  • The Sharks have struggled with their ball retention this season but they completed at 84% last week to bring their average for the year up to 75.2% per game, although that still ranks as the second-lowest in the NRL.
  • Josh Dugan was set to make his return but has been ruled out 24 hours before kick-off along with Jesse Ramien so Siosifa Talakai and Jackson Ferris are named in the centres while Chad Townsend has been ruled out with his calf problem which means Connor Tracey will start at halfback.

THE PREDICTION

There has been plenty said about Brisbane Broncos this season and performances like last week make it difficult to argue against it. Their line-speed was noticeably improved in the opening 30 minutes of their clash with Melbourne Storm but they could not maintain it and were torn apart from that point on. The worse defensive side in the NRL now face Cronulla Sharks, a side that have won five of their last six and are the second-highest scorers in the league. That is not a good combination for the Broncos and although the Sharks will be missing regular halfback Chad Townsend, they have enough in the locker to maintain their solid run of form by winning again here.

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