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NRL match preview: Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters

Date: Friday 21st March
Kick-off: 8:40 Pm

Teams

Broncos: Ben Barba, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Dale Copley, Lachlan Maranta, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Ben Hannant, Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker, Alex Glenn, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett. Interchange: David Hala, Martin Kennedy, Todd Lowrie, Jarrod Wallace

Roosters: Anthony Minichiello (c), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner, Mitchell Aubusson, Frank-Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Aidan Guerra, Dylan Napa, Kane Evans, Siosiua Taukeiaho

Preview

The Brisbane Broncos have really been a surprise packet to start the season, but face their biggest test this week against the defending premiers, the Sydney Roosters.

The teams they have beaten so far, the Bulldogs and the Cowboys, are no easy beats, and the Broncos side have been impressive in their wins, built on outstanding defence, conceding just 24 points in two games.

The form of both teams makes this Friday’s clash an interesting affair, the Broncos have based their game on defence while the Roosters are well known for their attacking prowess, just ask Parramatta players.

The Sydney side have a simple game plan that sees their big men, the likes of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Sam Moa charging up the centre, looking to bust through or pop an offload before the clever halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney feed the ball to the outside speedsters in Michael Jennings and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

The key for the Broncos players is to try and limit the offloads and metres from JWH and co. Frustrate the front line attack, and the slick movement across the backline will suffer. They have been excellent defensiveley and must maintain this for the full 80 minutes. The Roosters know how to score points, they have the best roster in the NRL and just need to be patient against a stubborn Broncos defence.

Prediction

Roosters by 16

Sam Dasey studied a Bachelor of Sports Media at UC, graduating at the end of 2013. He has undertaken internships with Canberra Times and Touch Football Australia, as well as a local radio station in Canberra.

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