2020 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Saturday 15th August, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos? 9c, chance of showers

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos 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 Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos? 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 Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Rapana, Croker, Scott, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Havili, Lui, Bateman, Whitehead, Young – Interchanges: Starling, Tapine, Sutton, Harawira-Naera – Reserves: Frawley, Smith-Shields

Unavailable: Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Sia Soliola (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Semi Valemei (Injured), Michael Oldfield (Injured)

  • ● Canberra Raiders were unable to make it four wins in a row as they succumbed to a quality performance from Penrith Panthers in which they were blown away in the first half and despite threatening to fight back in the second half, they were unable to do so.
  • The Raiders trailed 24-0 as they were blitzed in the opening 40 with Canberra paying for being unable to break the deadlock despite spending plenty of time on the Penrith line in the first 10 minutes.
  • ● Having won four of their last five games at GIO, the Raiders will be confident of bouncing back here with head coach Ricky Stuart sticking with the same 17 as last week, although hooker Siliva Havili is a doubt.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Boyd, Kennar, Staggs, Farnworth, Arthars, Croft, Dearden, Flegler, Turpin, Haas, Fifita, Te’o, Carrigan – Interchanges: Paix, Riki, Ofahengaue, Kennedy – Reserves: Bullemor, Kahu

Unavailable: Jack Bird (Injured), Sean O’Sullivan (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), Alex Glenn (Injured), Corey Oates (Injured), Tesi Niu (Injured), Anthony Milford (Injured), Tevita Pangai Jnr. (Quarantined), Matt Lodge (Injured), Xavier Coates (Injured)

  • ● Brisbane Broncos were again made to pay for poor goalline defence as they lost for the fourth game in row with South Sydney Rabbitohs the latest side to get the better of them in their contest last week.
  • ● The Broncos struggled to get a foothold in the game as they managed to see just 43% of the ball, although they did manage to defend well for sustained spells in the second half which stopped the scoreline from getting out of hand.
  • ● Things have gone from bad to worse for the Broncos with Tevita Pangai Jnr. rumoured to be on the verge of the sack whilst Matt Lodge and Xavier Coates have joined the injury list but that presents Jordan Riki with the opportunity to make his NRL debut from the bench.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane Broncos continue to struggle and they will now be without head coach Anthony Seibold for this clash as he quarantines having left their bubble to remain in Sydney following the conclusion of last week’s loss against South Sydney Rabbitohs. They now face a tough trip to Canberra with the Raiders looking to respond to their first loss in four against Penrith Panthers. The Raiders are solid at home having won four of their last five and with Brisbane winning just one of their last 11 games, this should be a comfortable win for Canberra with the margin likely to be at least 16.

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