Date: Saturday 19th July.
Venue: Suncorp Stadium.
Time: 7:30 PM.
Brisbane Broncos: Ben Barba, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges (capt), Dale Copley, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker (captain), Alex Glenn, Corey Oates, Sam Thaiday. Interchange: Ben Hannant, David Hala, Todd Lowrie, Jake Granville, David Stagg (one to be omitted).
New Zealand Warriors: Sam Tomkins, David Fusitu’a, Konrad Hurrell, Dane Nielsen, Manu Vatuvei, Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Nathan Friend, Suaia Matagi, Ben Henry, Simon Mannering (captain), Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Feleti Mateo, Ben Matulino, Agnatius Paasi, Thomas Leuluai, Jayson Bukuya (one to be omitted).
The Warriors have changed their fortunes for the better of late, winning four of their last five to surge up the table and an away win could well be on the cards with Brisbane losing their last three league games which has seen them go from being feared at home, to losing more than they have won on their own turf this term. The Warriors have won three from eight on their travels and the inclusion of Thomas Leuluai will be a big boost to the Warriors.
Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins will be hoping to build on arguably his best performance to date and he could be vital if the visitors are to secure a win which would put them well amongst the favourites in the chase for a top four place. But, if the Broncos can turn their recent for around, they would condemn the New Zealanders to the chasing pack once again, so the game is sure to be viewed as vital by both coaches.
The last time the Warriors travelled to the Suncorp Stadium, they took the Broncos apart with a 56-18 win – their biggest ever margin of victory in this fixture. And with a 48-0 win over the Eels to build on we could be in for another convincing win for the away side.
However, it could be said that this is a decisive test for the Warriors as they need to start firing on the road and given the Broncos’ last minute defeat on Monday night they are sure to be in determined mood.
Warriors by 12.
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