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2015 NRL Match Preview: Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters

Date: Friday 1oth April

Venue: Suncorp Stadium

Kick-Off: 7.35pm

Broncos: 1. Lachlan Maranta 2. Corey Oates 3. Jack Reed 4. Dale Copley 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker Interchange: 14. Jarrod Wallace 15. Mitch Garbutt 16. Mitchell Dodds 17. Kodi Nikorima 18. Francis Molo

Roosters:  1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Michael Jennings 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5 Nene Macdonald 6 James Maloney 7 Mitchell Pearce © 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9 Matt McIlwrick 10 Sam Moa 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Mitchell Aubusson 13 Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14 Willie Manu 15 Dylan Napa 16 Kane Evans 17 Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

Preview

The Brisbane Broncos return home to face the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

After having differing results last weekend, it will be a huge game for both teams. The Broncos are on a roll having not lost a game since round one against Souths and had a solid win last weekend against the Gold Coast Titans.

The Roosters were extremely disappointing as they lost to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks last Sunday, their first win of the season.

In team news, the Broncos have named an unchanged side with important players Jordan Kahu and Adam Blair along with captain Justin Hodges still sidelined.

The Roosters have been forced into a change with Aidan Guerra facing a long stint on the sidelines. Utility Mitchell Aubusson returns to the starting side along with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who was a late scratching last weekend.

Not many times will the front row battle be the most exciting match-up but in this game that looks like the case. For the Broncos, Josh McGuire has had a great start to the season as he pushes to play Origin while Sam Thaiday has turned his form around to get a starting spot in Wayne Bennett’s side.

The Roosters starting props are both New Zealand internationals. Waerea-Hargreaves is one of the hardest-running, aggressive players in the game and Sam Moa does not stop in his work rate which occasionally is rewarded with a try.

The prop battle will be exciting but look for the visitors halves to step up with Adam Reynolds now injured and the Bulldogs halves struggling to find form. An Origin jersey is at stake and Mitchell Pearce started the season strongly but he even admitted last weekend that their performance was ’embarrassing.’

In a tight game, the halves and experience in the backline will see the visitors leave Queensland with the two points.

Prediction Roosters by 8.

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