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Brisbane Broncos vs St George Illawarra Dragons: Lineups, Preview and Prediction

Suncorp Stadium, Friday 18th August, 7:50pm, AEST.


Overview

A victory for St George could see them return to the top eight if the Cowboys, Sea Eagles or Panthers lose. The game also gives the Red V faithful a glimpse of what to expect from Brisbane’s Dragons-bound playmaker Ben Hunt in 2018. 

A place in the finals is all-but assured for the Broncos, whose Minor Premiership hopes were effectively ended with a defeat to ladder-leaders Melbourne. The Broncos will still want to secure a minimum of a top four finish and potentially a home final. Their vastly superior points difference against finals-chasing sides, other than the Storm, could prove crucial.

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Recent Meetings

2016 – Rd 22 Brisbane 12 def. St George Illawarra 8 at WIN Stadium

2016 – Rd 6 Brisbane 26 def. St George Illawarra 0 at Suncorp Stadium

2015 – Rd 23 Brisbane 32 def. St George Illawarra 6 at Suncorp Stadium

2015 – Rd 7 St George Illawarra 12 def. Brisbane 10 at UOW Jubilee Oval

2014 – Rd 25 Brisbane 30 def. St George Illawarra 22 at Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane will be the favourites to pick up the win and their recent record against the Dragons also provides cause for optimism. The Broncos have won four of the last five meetings, including a 26-0 victory in 2016 at the Suncorp Stadium.

Selected Teams

BRONCOS
 
 
DRAGONS
Darius Boyd11Matthew Dufty
Corey Oates22Nene MacDonald
James Roberts33Josh Dugan
Tautau Moga44Tim Lafai
Jordan Kahu55Jason Nightingale
Anthony Milford66Gareth Widdop
Kodi Nikorima77Kurt Mann
Korbin Sims88Leeson Ah Mau
Ben Hunt99Cameron McInnes
Adam Blair1010Paul Vaughan
Alex Glenn1111Tyson Frizell
Matt Gillett1212Joel Thompson
Josh McGuire1313Jack de Belin
 
INTERCHANGE
 
Sam Thaiday1414Tariq Sims
Tevita Pangai Junior1515Hame Sele
Jai Arrow1616Blake Lawrie
Herman Ese’ese1717Taane Milne
 
RESERVES
 
Benji Marshall1818Josh McCrone
David Mead1919Will Matthews
Jaydn Su’A2020Luciano Leilua
Tom Opacic2121Euan Aitken

The Facts That Matter

Brisbane Broncos

Ever since coach Wayne Bennett returned to the Broncos, where he spent the best part of 20 rather successful years, they have been up there with the best in the NRL. Brisbane endured comparatively meagre seasons in his absence. During that time, the most consistent aspects of their game has been their defence and discipline, with only two teams conceding less tries in 2017. They have the joint-best attack in the competition having scored 88 tries, the same number as the Sea Eagles and Storm.

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The Broncos have an imposing home record, having only lost twice there this season to bogey sides Melbourne and North Queensland.

St George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons’ attack has also been dangerous this season, having scored just five less tries than Brisbane however their defence ranks at eighth in the competition. St George’s discipline has been kept in check this year while they have missed less tackles than anyone else in the NRL. 

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2017 can be regarded as a season of vast improvement for the Dragons. Their finals hopes are not over just yet but they will probably need to win all of their matches to stay in the top eight race. They travel to Suncorp having won four out of their 10 away games. 

Prediction

With the desperate circumstances surrounding this match, both teams will be up for the fight. The Dragons will come out and give at a good go but the Broncos have the edge in defence and attack. With a top two spot up for grabs, and the Roosters breathing down their necks, Brisbane should be able to continue their home record with another victory. Broncos by 12.

Who do you think will win this Friday night epic, the Broncos or the Dragons? Let us know in the comments and poll below.

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Brisbane Broncos vs St George Illawarra Dragons: Lineups, Preview and Prediction

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