NRL match preview: Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos

Date: Saturday May 24
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm


Tigers: Kurtis Rowe, David Nofoaluma, Tim Simona, Chris Lawrence, Pat Richards, Braith Anasta (c), Luke Brooks, Martin Taupau, Joel Luani, Keith Galloway, Sitaleki Akauola, Bodene Thompson, Adam Blair. Interchange: Sauaso Sue, Ava Seumanufagai, Blake Austin, Keith Lulia

Broncos: Ben Barba, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Dale Copley, Lachlan Maranta, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Jarrod Wallace, Alex Glenn, Corey Oates, Todd Lowrie. Interchange: David Hala, Ben Hannant, David Stagg, Jake Granville, Martin Kennedy, Jordan Kahu


Wests Tigers and Brisbane Broncos meet in an important round eleven clash at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers sit in sixth place going into the round after ending a two game losing streak with a narrow victory at Cronulla last weekend.  They again will be without Robbie Farah but this time through representative duty and not injury.  Joel Luani his replacement at hooker.  Aaron Woods has also been called up for the Blues which allows Sitaleki Akauola to come into the starting thirteen and a promotion of Keith Lulia to the bench.   Good news for the Tigers is that experienced Chris Lawrence, Pat Richard, Braith Anasta, Keith Galloway and Adam Blair will be on hand to guide this team towards victory.

Like their counterparts, Brisbane ended a two game losing streak with a tough victory over a wounded Gold Coast outfit last Friday night.  Their side looks quite good on paper for the trip to Sydney despite Justin Hodges, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker away on Maroons duty and Sam Thiaday still on the casualty list.  Jarrod Wallace and Corey Oates fill the forwards gap and Lachlan Maranta is included in a reshuffled back line.  Martin Kennedy returns from Queensland Cup on an extended bench alongside out of favour Ben Hannant.  There’s no doubt the Broncos have the attacking power of Barba, Copley and Ben Hunt is showing each week signs of improvement as he forms a combination with Josh Hoffman in the halves.


Normally you would go against Brisbane at Origin time.  But this time around it’s not a certainty.  While the West Tigers are entitled to win it wouldn’t be any surprise if Brisbane pick up the vital two points.

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