Date: Friday, May 8th
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-Off: 7:35pm (AEDT)
Last Ten Meetings:
1. July 14th 2014, Penrith Panthers 35 – 34 Brisbane Broncos
2. August 23rd 2013, Penrith Panthers 28 – 12 Brisbane Broncos
3. August 31st 2012, Brisbane Broncos 19 – 12 Penrith Panthers
4. May 13th 2011, Penrith Panthers 33 – 10 Brisbane Broncos
5. April 1st 2011, Brisbane Broncos 18 – 10 Penrith Panthers
6. June 18th 2010, Brisbane Broncos 12 – 22 Penrith Panthers
7. August 16th 2009, Brisbane Broncos 58 – 24 Penrith Panthers
8. April 17th 2009, Penrith Panthers 18 – 38 Brisbane Broncos
9. June 27th 2008, Penrith Panthers 12 – 12 Brisbane Broncos
10. March 16th 2008, Brisbane Broncos 48 – 12 Penrith Panthers
Brisbane Broncos 1 Jordan Kahu, 2 Corey Oates, 3 Jack Reed, 4 Justin Hodges, 5 Lachlan Maranta, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Ben Hunt, 8 Josh McGuire, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Adam Blair , 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Matt Gillett, 13 Corey Parker Interchange: 14 Jarrod Wallace, 15 Francis Molo, 16 Joe Ofahengaue, 17 Kodi Nikorima
Penrith Panthers 1 Matt Moylan, 2 George Jennings, 3 Waqa Blake, 4 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 5 David Simmons, 6 Will Smith, 7 Issac John, 8 Nigel Plum, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Sam McKendry, 11 Lewis Brown, 12 Isaah Yeo, 13 Sika Manu Interchange: 14 Tyrone Peachey, 15 Jeremy Latimore, 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 17 Bryce Cartwright
An injury-depleted Penrith Panthers side will strive to remain inside the top eight on the NRL ladder when they travel to Queensland to take on the high-flying Brisbane Broncos. Friday night’s fixture should be the last for the season where the Panthers will suffer the collective exclusions of Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, James Segeyaro and Elijah Taylor.
The Brisbane Broncos will benefit immensely from the early return of Origin star Darius Boyd to the squad. Boyd will be in the eyes of many on-lookers this Friday as he will be placed against Panthers fullback Matthew Moylan, who with Origin just around the corner, will be aiming for a debut in the NSW jersey.
In the last five meetings between these two teams the home side has always finished on top. On top of that, the Broncos add to the Panthers’ woes with their 28-16 win over the Parramatta Eels last week. Where in the absence of Darius Boyd running the backline, young-gun Anthony Milford scored two tries.
The Penrith Panthers made a strong impression at the start of the year with two wins in their first two fixtures including a 40-0 drubbing of the Gold Coast Titans. But since Round seven where the Panthers couldn’t back up their earlier form with a 32-6 loss to the Titans, there has been question surrounding whether or not the side from the foot of the mountains can maintain consistency throughout the season.
With a squad that has members injured and fatigued from representative round, despite what is on offer for the Panthers, it looks very likely the Panthers will struggle to overcome the Broncos in front of the strong crowd at Suncorp Stadium.
Broncos by 16