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In a weekend full of high profile match ups, none is arguably more important than this one.

The Broncos host the reigning premiers in a game that will have massive implications in the makeup of the top eight.

A win for either side could see them earn a top two berth while a loss could see them slip as far as seventh.

The Sharks were completely out played last week following a first-half onslaught by the Raiders, however, an 8-1 away record will give them confidence travelling to take on a Brisbane side who racked up 10 tries last week against a sorry Titans side.

Ben Hunt coming off the bench proved to be a Wayne Bennett masterstroke as the utility scored three tries and assisted on two more in a match of the match display as the Broncos forgot all about Andrew McCullough’s injury.

This week, their forwards will have a big job working their way up the field against Andrew Fifita, Matt Prior and co as the Sharks welcome back James Maloney and Kurt Capewell.

Their offence lacked variety last week – despite being disallowed what would’ve been the try of the season – and Maloney will no doubt inject some more quality into their line up.

As impressive as the Broncos were last week, it was against the lowly Titans which makes it hard to gauge their performance. The Sharks will provide a much more stubborn defence and in Paul Gallen’s 300th NRL match, you can be sure they’ll be up for the fight.

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With a top four spot on the line, we’ll back the premiers to get the job done.

Sharks by 4.

Team Lists

Team Stats

Scoring Plays

Broncos   Sharks
5 Tries 2
3 Conversions 1
3 Penalty Goals
Field Goals


Broncos   Sharks
183 All Runs 138
1,728 All Run Metres 1,320
7 Line Breaks 1
7 Offloads 12


Broncos   Sharks
578 Kick Metres 265
234 Tackles 329
21 Missed Tackles 53


Broncos   Sharks
5 Penalties Conceded 7
11 Errors 16
1 Sin Bin
Send Offs

Player Stats

Top Run Metres

Valentine Holmes223
Tautau Moga200
Gerard Beale179
Josh McGuire168
Ricky Leutele141

Top Kick Metres

Anthony Milford237
Ben Hunt229
James Maloney174
Kodi Nikorima100
Chad Townsend56




  1. A solid if not spectacular performance by the Broncos, who managed to exploited Cronulla’s weaknesses without being overly risky. Boyd, Oates, Moga and Roberts were excellent in both their offensive and defensive contributions. Glenn and McGuire were very good offensively but their defence wasn’t good enough. Conversely, Blair, Pengai Jnr and Arrow were solid defensively but didn’t contribute enough offensively. As for the rest, Sims underperformed (again) as did Milford, Nikorima, Hunt, Ese’Ese, Thaiday and Kahu. Overall a poorer offensive and defensive performance by the Broncos than the previous round victory against the Titans. But a win is a win.

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