2020 NRL – Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Friday 17th July, 2020 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos? 12c, partly cloudy

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

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Doueihi, Nofoaluma, Lawrence, Mbye, Talau, Walters, Marshall, Aloiai, Grant, Packer, Garner, L. Leilua, Eisenhuth – Interchanges: McIntyre, Mikaele, Brooks, McQueen – Reserves: Clark, Chee-Kam

Unavailable: Jacob Liddle (Injured), Alex Twal (Injured), Robert Jennings (Injured), Zane Musgrove (Injured), Joey Leilua (Suspended), Josh Reynolds (Suspended)

  • Wests Tigers struggled with the ball once again as they were defeated by South Sydney Rabbitohs last week with their late comeback falling short and they will now line-up with a new pairing in the halves.
  • The Tigers were restricted to 12 points in their previous game with Penrith Panthers and they were only able to post 10 against the Rabbitohs as they failed to create many chances with all of their points coming in the final quarter of the game.
  • The new-look halfback partnership has been forced upon them owing to Josh Reynolds’ suspension but Luke Brooks has also been dropped to the bench so Benji Marshall makes his return to the starting XIII while Billy Walters is also afforded a shine to chance.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Niu, Isaako, Boyd, Kennar, Coates, Milford, Croft, Pangai Jnr., Luke, Haas, Te’o, Oates, Carrigan – Interchanges: Paix, Flegler, Hopoate, Ofahengaue – Reserves: Dearden, Kennedy

Unavailable: Jack Bird (Injured), Jordan Kahu (Injured), Sean O’Sullivan (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), David Fifita (Injured), Jake Turpin (Injured), Kotoni Staggs (Injured), Matt Lodge (Injured), Alex Glenn (Injured) Herbie Farnworth (Injured)

  • Brisbane Broncos finally ended their long wait for a win after the restart in the NRL as their six-match losing streak was brought to an end thanks to a comfortable victory against Canterbury Bulldogs last week.
  • The Broncos were far from perfect and still have plenty to work on after the 26-8 success but having made 17 errors, that number will have to come down if they are to make it back-to-back wins.
  • There has been further bad news on the injury front for the Broncos with Kotoni Staggs and Matt Lodge failing to prove their fitness ahead of this clash with Alex Glenn and Herbie Farnworth have joined an already extensive injury list but Joe Ofahengaue is back from a ban.

THE PREDICTION

All eyes will be on Brisbane Broncos once again this week after they won their first game in seven matches but it will count for little unless they back it up against Wests Tigers. The Broncos are still without a host of players due to injury but will have taken some confidence from last week’s success. As for the Tigers, they were disappointing with the ball in their game with South Sydney Rabbitohs and have opted to change their halves as a result. Both teams will believe they can win but this is likely to be a low-scoring affair that should see under 37 points.

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