Brisbane Broncos Vs Sydney Roosters
6 April 2017, 7:50pm (AEST)
It’s a mouth watering game that seems appropriate to kick off Round 6, with both teams coming off losses, this could be a preview for the finals series.
Brisbane Broncos 2-0-3, 9th
Back at home will ease the pain of last week’s defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs. A drenched pitch really hurt their attack and in the end the Bulldogs out played them on the extra efforts that seems to be missing from Brisbane. In a low scoring game, the Brisbane team lacked the finishing punch, very un Brisbane like, this will have to change this week, otherwise the Roosters could put a few tries on them.
Defensively Brisbane are still in control, for us their short kicking game was highlighted poorly last week, not managing repeat sets, or giving a 7 tackle set won’t allow you to win many games this year. We are expecting this to change this week, with coach Bennett sorting out those issues, along with people understanding basic rules.
Sydney Roosters 4-0-1, 3rd
Suffering their first defeat at the hands of the high flying Sea Eagles, was a shock to many fans, who had another win already marked on their sheets. However,
another wet game, kept the scoring low and the Roosters error count was to high to maintain pressure on Manly. If they continue this trend, add in 11 incomplete sets, 33 missed tackles against Brisbane, they have enough try scorers in their team to hurt them. The back three for the Roosters will have to lift a notch this week, going against a more mobile Brisbane pack, we are expecting a lot better kicking game forcing the Roosters to return the ball from their danger zone constantly.
Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)
D. Mead is on standby in case J. Roberts doesn’t recover from a ham string niggle. Apart from that they are 1-17 from last week.
I. Liu gets the run on 10 jumper with D. Napa nursing an ankle injury and K. Evans joins the bench.
Minus the above changes, they maintain the other players from last weeks defeat.
Their last 5 game report card:
Brisbane won 3 times, all at Suncorp. Sydney 2 wins, none at Suncorp.
2016 – Round 26 – Brisbane won by 10 at Suncorp
2016 – Round 21 – Sydney won by 16 at Allianz
2015 – Round 29 – Brisbane won by 19 at Suncorp
2015 – Round 24 – Sydney won by 2 at Allianz
2015 – Round 6 – Brisbane won by 4 at Suncorp
What we take from this?
Brisbane seem to have the edge over the Roosters at Home, even during 2015, where the Roosters where highly tipped to win the competition. Both teams defence will be a highlight in this game with errors being the undoing for the Roosters. D. Napa’s efforts will be sorely missed also in the middle of the ruck, expecting the fast men of Brisbane to really target this area.
For Us Brisbane at home, on an expected dry pitch, at odds of $1.81 on Pinnacle is too hard to go past.
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