Date: 25th September, 2015
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Kick-Off: 7:55 pm
Brisbane Broncos 1 Darius Boyd 2 Corey Oates 3 Jack Reed 4 Justin Hodges (c) 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 Joe Ofahengaue 17 Kodi Nikorima
Sydney Roosters 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Michael Jennings 4 Blake Ferguson 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6 James Maloney 7 Mitchell Pearce (c) 8 Sam Moa 9 Jake Friend (c) 10 Dylan Napa 11 Mitchell Aubusson 12 Aidan Guerra 13 Boyd Cordner Interchange 14 Jackson Hastings 15 Isaac Liu 16 Kane Evans 17 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
After a week off to rest up, the Brisbane Broncos will return to NRL Finals action as they host the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
After disposing of the Cowboys in an entertaining affair, the Broncos stocks on a grand final looked good, the side playing effective and hard football.
Their opponents in the Roosters seemed to have slumped at the wrong time, falling to the Melbourne Storm in the first week of finals, seeing them have to back up last week against the Bulldogs. While they beat the Dogs in controversial but convincing fashion, they still lacked the sharpness they carried with them over a twelve game winning streak.
That sharpness, however, may return with half Mitchell Pearce, who has been missing due to injury, but is expected to take his place this week after failing a fitness test to miss the game with the Bulldogs.
The Broncos also hit a slump towards the end of the season, which ultimately saw them lose the minor premiership. This would not have worried the team knowing the major prize is still theirs for the taking. And they showed their muscles against the Cowboys by putting out a quality performance.
Brisbane based that game on defence, making the Cowboys earn every metre and pay even more for every point. They also bided their own time and waited for their opponents to make mistakes, and it is this patience that makes them a very real title shot. Even when the game got close in the dying stages with the North Queensland side getting within four points, they toughed it out effectively.
The Roosters are a side that are known for their attacking football, and don’t like being dragged in to a tight affair. The first twenty minutes will be key to the rest of the game. The Sydney side will look to put pressure on their opponents with a fiery opening, and if Brisbane crack, they may be in for a long night. If the Broncos manage to soak up the pressure like they did in the first week of finals, they will go along way to making the Grand Final the week after.
The last time the two sides met, the Roosters did in fact grind out a victory, courtesy of a 12-10 win at home. This looks to be a tougher affair, with the Brisbane side enjoying life back in the finals under Wayne Bennett. This looks set to come down to the wire again, however this time, in front of a vocal Brisbane crowd, the result looks set to be reversed.
In a tight one, Brisbane’s home ground advantage will get them home by 2.
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