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2015 NRL Match Preview: Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers

Date: Sunday, July 19th

Venue: Suncorp Stadium

Kick-Off: 2:00pm (AEST)

Last Ten Meetings:

1. May 24th 2014, Wests Tigers 14 – 16 Brisbane Broncos

2. June 17th 2013, Brisbane Broncos 32 – 12 Wests Tigers

3. April 27th 2013, Wests Tigers 10 – 20 Brisbane Broncos

4. April 6th 2012, Wests Tigers 14 – 18 Brisbane Broncos

5. April 22nd 2011, Wests Tigers 18 – 31 Brisbane Broncos

6. July 2nd 2010, Brisbane Broncos 14 – 16 Wests Tigers

7. May 22nd 2009, Wests Tigers 18 – 20 Brisbane Broncos

8. June 20th 2008, Brisbane Broncos 19 – 18 Wests Tigers

9. May 3rd 2008, Wests Tigers 22 – 34 Brisbane Broncos

10. June 25th 2007, Brisbane Broncos 48 – 18 Wests Tigers

Brisbane Broncos 1 Darius Boyd, 2 Lachlan Maranta, 3 Jack Reed, 4 Justin Hodges, 5 Jordan Kahu, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Ben Hunt, 8 Sam Thaiday, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Adam Blair, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Matt Gillett, 13 Corey Parker Interchange: 14. Jarrod Wallace, 15 Mitchell Dodds, 16 Corey Oates, 17 Matt Parcell, 18 Daniel Vidot

Wests Tigers 1 James Tedesco, 2 Kevin Naiqama, 3 Nathan Milone, 4 Tim Simona, 5 Pat Richards, 6 Mitchell Moses, 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Dene Halatau, 10 Sauaso Sue, 11 Kyle Lovett, 12 Chris Lawrence, 13 Martin Taupau Interchange: 14 Manaia Cherrington, 15 Ava Seumanufagai, 16 Keith Galloway, 17 Brenden Santi, 18. Jack Buchanan

Preview 

With history and a recent string of positive results on their side, the Brisbane Broncos look likely to claim a win over the Wests Tigers as the two teams meet at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

It’s been five years since the Brisbane Broncos last recorded a loss to the joint-venture side who have struggled to produce an impressive season in recent years. This season has seen the Tigers produce a lineup with a spread of big names, but fail to click things into gear on-stage. In their last fixture speed-gifted winger Kevin Naiqama scored twice before Pat Richards was over the line and converted his own effort, putting the Tigers ahead of the Eels until the home side became drunk with fatigue.

In the leadup to this weekend’s clash, the Tigers have benefited from their recent bye and the return of Luke Brooks, Keith Galloway and Aaron Woods to the team. All three were involved in the state-wide debate as the teamlists were announced for State of Origin Game three, where Woods himself would be included in the starting lineup. Team captain Robbie Farah, another Tigers player who was included in the recent New South Wales Origin squad, is currently in doubt however fighting for his position in the team, after a broken hand forced him out of Origin.

The odds remain stacked in favour of the Broncos, who will see their captain Justin Hodges return to the side after Queensland’s historic 52-6 win over New South Wales last Wednesday night, pushing Daniel Vidot to the interchange. The Broncos are in hot form after winning their last six fixtures, their most recent win being last week’s match against the Bulldogs, where Adam Blair’s sixtieth-minute effort to resurge the Broncos as full-time approached propelled the away-side to victory.

A key matchup to watch will be between the two five-eighths in Mitchell Moses and Anthony Milford, both are new to their twenties and have made a positive impact towards their respective clubs this season. Sunday’s clash is the first time both players have gone head-to-head with each other, meaning there could be uncertainty among the halves pairings throughout the game.

Prediction

No uncertainty surrounding who’s in form at the moment, Broncos by 14.

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