Brisbane Broncos will host the Penrith Panthers in Friday night footy at Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane Broncos are currently sitting in sixth position on the ladder with Penrith trailing in 9th spot.
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The Brisbane Broncos are coming off a dominant performance, defeating the Rabbitohs away from home 30-10. QLD origin star Corey Oates had a very good performance for the Broncos after scoring two tries, which lead his side to victory. Broncos read the Rabbitohs play affectively allowing them to score tries off their errors. They will be looking to repeat this and read the Panthers thoughts and direction to maintain possession and score tries. Brisbane Broncos have chosen Tom Opacic who will play his second career game and will be looking to succeed in the centres.
The Penrith Panthers are similarly coming off a dominant performance after beating the Parramatta Eels in front of a home crowd, 22-18. They chased back the score after Michael Gordon (Eels) missed three conversions out of four opportunities (six points), which helped Panthers come off with the win. Parramatta Eels were kept completely scoreless by the Panthers after a terrific job in defence, as Panthers made a comeback after being down by 12 points at half time. Penrith Panther Trent Merrin will also play his 150th career game on Friday night.
The key battle will be between the wingers, Broncos Corey Oates and Panthers Josh Mansour who both made their debut for Origin this year. They will be hoping to make an impact to their team’s performance and use the skills and experience from Origin and put them in place for this game.
Josh Mansour had an outstanding game last week against the Eels after making a line break when Panthers needed it. He ran the most metres out of both teams a huge 246 taking out the most fantasy points for the night (98).
Corey Oates also had the most run metres in his game against the Rabbitohs last week, 265 metres having an impact on his side’s victory. Oates was also able to capitalise on the Rabbitohs’ errors by making two line breaks, which assisted his side over the try line. Oates has been using his Origin experience and utilising the skills to his best ability as his form has just continuously been improving. He looked like he had been involved in multiple Origin campaigns, as he looked very comfortably playing in the maroon.
The Penrith Panthers will be out to prove themselves and squeeze into the top 8 to have a comfortable chance in making it into finals. They will be hoping to win to increase their confidence and give the Broncos a good run for their money.
Brisbane Broncos will be very strong at home, Broncos by 6.
Brisbane Broncos 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Tom Opacic 4. James Roberts 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Alex Glenn 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Corey Parker Interchange 14. Jarrod Wallace 15. Tevita Pangai Junior 16. Jai Arrow 17. Herman Ese’ese 18. Joe Ofahengaue
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Penrith Panthers 1. Matt Moylan 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dallin Watene Zelezniak 6. Bryce Cartwright 7. Nathan Clearly 8. Leilani Latu 9. Peter Wallace 10. Reagan Capbell- Gillard 11. Isaah Yeo 12. James Fisher- Harris 13. Trent Merrin Interchange: 14. Suaia Matagi 15. Sitaleki Akauola 16. Chris Grevsmuhl 17. Zak Hardaker 20. Moses Leota 23. Viliame Kikau
Coach: Anthony Griffin