Brisbane
Broncos
24
St George Illawarra
Dragons
12
FULLTIME
2017-08-18T09:50:00Z
Suncorp Stadium

Preview

The big matches keep on coming to end the home and away season as the red-hot Broncos tackle a Dragons side battling to stay in finals contention.

A combined 86-10 score line across the last two weeks has Wayne Bennet’s men flying towards September as they claimed second spot on the ladder last week. Their superior points differential to any of their nearest rivals can ensure they remain above the Roosters and Sharks should they slip up in the closing rounds however that doesn’t look like happening.


Since Andrew McCullough’s injury, the Broncos’ spine has flourished, with Sam Thaiday and Ben Hunt rotating at hooker while Kodi Nikorima continues to star alongside Anthony Milford in the halves.

An unchanged 17 has been named for the Broncos to take on a Dragons side who scored a strong win over a dour Titans side last week. With Kurt Mann remaining in the halves, they too have named the same 17 from last week as they look to cause a major boilover at Suncorp on Friday night.

While the Dragons have the most offloads (275) in the competition in 2017, it’s the Broncos who are the most dangerous with the football in hand in second-phase offences, as their aforementioned halves cause havoc with their speed and agility along with the line-breaking abilities of their outside backs.

A win could see the Dragons’ finals hopes disappear this weekend and while they’ve won over 40% of their matches at the Broncos fortress, it’s hard to see them overcoming the odds this weekend as the Broncos look to push their claim for a top two berth.

Broncos by 10.

Team Lists

Team Stats


Scoring Plays

Broncos   Dragons
5 Tries 2
2 Conversions 2
0 Penalty Goals 0
0 Field Goals 0

Attack

Broncos   Dragons
171 All Runs 203
1,628 All Run Metres 1,635
4 Line Breaks 3
13 Offloads 16

Defense

Broncos   Dragons
417 Kick Metres 548
0 40/20 0
344 Tackles 287
41 Missed Tackles 35

Discipline

Broncos   Dragons
8 Penalties Conceded 2
11 Errors 9
0 Sin Bin 0
0 Send Offs 0

Player Stats

Summary

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. Well done Duges’ Bomb two tries for us
    For Christs sake get Dufty on that sweep move with two 2nd rowers run decoy…

  2. G’day Pedro
    We tried hard but we just made stupid errors or decisions at the wrong time.
    Kicking game was crap and Mann tried really hard but he needs to maintain composure in attack.
    Is Widdop still our captain? If so he went mia tonight.
    If he finds his early season form again then we’ll make the semis imo.
    You in Australia or traveling again?

    Cheers

    • Hi CMTD, still OS mate. I get back in September and married the weekend of the GF.
      We need to stay composed when the going gets tough, all the right signs are there but I feel it will have to wait till next year….
      1 question, will Luce step up in the forwards or 2nd row cause talk of getting James Graham is making me nervous. I would prefer Rory Obrien back.

  3. Not too happy with how we played, but a win is a win. The big thing that has me worried coming out of this game is two separate penalties for tackling players mid air, when both times there was legitimate competition for the ball. Of course when you get two players jumping up shoulder to shoulder they’re always going to land on top of each other. I just hope this isn’t a sign of things to come, because the referees last night clearly didn’t want anyone competing for the high ball.

  4. A lucky win for the Broncos in what was a poor defensive display. On the plus side Oates, Moga and Kahu (surprisingly) were excellent in both their offensive and defensive contributions. Boyd, Milford, Glenn, McGuire and Ese’Ese were very good offensively but their defence wasn’t good enough. Conversely, Sims, Pengai Jnr and Arrow were solid defensively but didn’t contribute enough offensively. As for the rest, Roberts underperformed as did Nikorima, Hunt, Thaiday, Blair and Gillett. Overall a poor defensive performance by the Broncos punctuated with some brilliance in attack.

    • What game were you watching? Brisbane let in only two tries and both were from kicks, against a team with one of the better attacking records in the NRL. Thaiday made two try saving tackles and Hunt made a perfect kick for a Kahu try. Gillett as usual hit hard. Just like last week when we beat the defending premiers 32-10 you claim the defensive performance was poor. Brisbane have the second best defence in the comp after Melbourne. What more do you want?

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