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Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers NRL Preview and Team News - Broncos to bounce back and continue recent dominance over Tigers

Andrew Hendrie 10 Apr 2019
  • Brisbane Broncos host Wests Tigers in Round 5 of the NRL on Thursday
  • Broncos have won eight of their last nine encounters
Broncos face Tigers on Thursday

Brisbane Broncos and Wests Tigers look to bounce back from last-start defeats when they launch NRL Round 5 action on Thursday night.

With just one win from four games to start the season, can the Broncos finally get their campaign going when they host the Tigers on Thursday night?

Brisbane actually began the season in encouraging fashion, producing a strong effort against Melbourne away from home and easing past the Cowboys, but since then they’ve been disappointing, going down in the final minute to the Dragons before being thrashed 36-4 by a rampant Roosters outfit last week.

It leaves the Broncos languishing in 13th position and already playing catch-up to the bigger sides after one month of football.

To make matters worse, James Roberts has been in the news again for all the wrong reasons after he was captured on video being dragged out of a nightclub. Nevertheless, he’s been named in the reserves as he recovers from an achilles injury, but Tevita Pangai is out suspended, with Patrick Carrigan named on the bench for his NRL debut.

Likewise, the Tigers made a blistering start to the season, winning their opening two games against Manly and the Warriors, but it’s been downhill ever since.

It all started with a limp performance as they were defeated by the lowly Bulldogs in Round 3, while they missed several chances to ice what was arguably the worst game of the season so far last week against the Panthers, with Ivan Cleary securing a sideline conversion and then a golden point field goal for Penrith to prevail 9-8.

Michael Maguire has made two changes to his starting side as a result, elevating Russell Packer and Josh Aloiai at the expense of Ben Matulino and Elijah Taylor.

Brisbane have dominated this fixture in recent times, winning eight of the last nine meetings between the teams, and I expect them to come out on top again on Thursday. The Tigers have barely threatened in attack the last two weeks, while I think the Broncos haven’t been too bad apart from last week against the minor premiers. Brisbane deserve to start favourites.

Stats


  • Broncos have won eight of their last nine meetings
  • Brisbane also won their last two
  • Broncos won their last clash at Suncorp 36-0

Teams


Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Jack Bird 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. David Fifita 14. Gehamat Shibasaki 15. Jaydn Su’a 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Payne Haas 19. Shaun Fensom 20. James Roberts 21. Richard Kennar

Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mahe Fonua 3. Robert Jennings 4. Esan Marsters 5. Corey Thompson 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Russell Packer 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Luke Garner 13. Josh Aloiai 14. Ben Matulino 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Matt Eisenhuth 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Elijah Taylor 20. David Nofoaluma 21. Chris McQueen

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