2024 NRL: Round 7 Preview, Broncos Vs Raiders

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 7 clash between the Broncos and the Raiders.



Brisbane Broncos Vs Canberra Raiders
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
Date: Saturday April 20, 7:35pm.


Broncos: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Selwyn Cobbo 5. Jesse Arthars 6. Ezra Mam 7. Jock Madden 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Fletcher Baker 11. Jaiyden Hunt 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Xavier Willison 16. Kobe Hetherington 17. Tristan Sailor 18. Martin Taupau 19. Benjamin Te Kura 20. Jordan Pereira 21. Blake Mozer 22. Josiah Karapani

Raiders: 1. Chevy Stewart 2. James Schiller 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Xavier Savage 6. Ethan Strange 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Danny Levi 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Ata Mariota 13. Morgan Smithies 14. Tom Starling 15. Simi Sasagi 16. Trey Mooney 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Kaeo Weekes 19. Emre Guler 20. Zac Woolford 21. Nick Cotric 22. Peter Hola

Referee: Chris Butler

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Every so often an NRL game comes along that has a bit of a feeling about it. It’s not always the biggest clash with the best players, or even a local derby. Just one of those games that you look at at the start of the week and think: “Ooh – I think I might watch that”.

This is one of those games. On one hand you have a Brisbane Broncos side whose recent success has been fundamentally built on free-flowing attack. Players like Reece Walsh, Ezra Mam, and Selwyn Cobbo have defined this side’s resurgance – and will continue to define it for a long time yet. Don’t get me wrong, they’re extremely capable defenders. But if you ask this side whether they prefer a try-athon or a physical grind, that’s only going one way.

Then on the other hand, you have Ricky Stuart’s Raiders. A side who, while they’ve found attacking form this season, are notorious for dragging teams into an arm wrestle and having games decided by narrow margins. Without even having started preparing for this game, the Raiders come in with an ethos that is designed to limit teams like Brisbane. A way they can beat any team in the competition by dragging them down to their level.

So you’ve got two opposite rugby league approaches butting heads on Saturday night. On face value, it’s hard to look past the Broncos at home. But with 17 errors last week against the Dolphins, and field position so hard to earn against the Raiders, there’s a real chance here that Canberra make it two wins in two years against the Broncos at Suncorp.

Head-to-head stats can be found at Round 7 Number Crunch.


Broncos by 4 points.

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