NRL match preview: Canberra Raiders vs Brisbane Broncos

Date: Monday June 9
Venue: GIO Stadium
Kick-off: 7pm


Raiders: Anthony Milford, Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Jack Wighton, Sami Sauiluma, Terry Campese (c), Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Jarrad Kennedy, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Mitch Cornish, Paul Vaughan, Dane Tilse, Shannon Boyd

Broncos: Ben Barba, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges, Dale Copley, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker, Alex Glenn, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett. Interchange: Todd Lowrie, Corey Oates, Ben Hannant, Jarrod Wallace, David Stagg, Lachlan Maranta


Brisbane could jump as high to fifth place on the National Rugby League table with victory against Canberra on Monday night at GIO Stadium.  They head into this match with Justin Hodges returning to the side after he was rested in the Broncos victory against Manly last week.  Lachlan Maranta again drops out of the side, with inform back Dale Copley shifting out to the wing.  A lot has been talked about with Ben Barba not having the same impact as he did with the Bulldogs in recent years.  This game could present the fullback with confidence as it’s certain Canberra will continue to struggle in defense.

Ricky Stuart has kept the same seventeen that went down to reigning premiers Sydney Roosters 26-12 last Saturday.  It’s not been the best week for the Raiders after missing out on Josh Mansour’s signature after a huge offer, and James Tedesco deciding to stay with the Tigers in 2015.  They did win their last fixture at home against an Origin affected North Queensland Cowboys and prior to that got within a converted try of knocking over Penrith.  Anthony Milford could go a little way to showing his new club a little bit of Milford magic in this game.  The player to watch is Jack Wighton who’s been more comfortable in the centres after starting this season in the halves.  His battle with Jack Reed will be fascinating.


For me, its the Broncos.  Too many gun players out wide and an Origin-like pack with Parker, Thiaday and Gillett will dominate Canberra. Brisbane by 10

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