NRL ROUND 4 – BRONCOS v RAIDERS – FREE TIPS

Brisbane Broncos Vs Canberra Raiders
24 March 2017, 8:05pm (AEDST)
Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Broncos 1-0-2, 9th position

They almost managed to steal the win at AAMI park last week, scoring the first try against the Storm. However, the Storm wrestled their way back in front by half time by 2 points. Once again Brisbane jumped out of the blocks and B. Hunt gave a reminder to why the Dragons are paying a large amount of money for his services next year. But the Storm never gives up and in Classic C. Smith style he landed the try conversion from near the side line to take the lead in the final 3 seconds.
Another great game between these two modern rivals, Brisbane will take a lot out of the game and will be better for this game with an 8 day turn around compared to the Raiders 5.

Canberra Raiders 1-0-2, 8th position
Finally the Raiders outfit that was a devastating force last year, hit it strides against a West Tigers team that were traveling well. The Raiders came from 16th position to 8th after clearing their points differential and then some, piling on 46 unanswered points. With inspirational captain J. Croker back, this seemed to sure up his edge and allowed some magnificent long range tries,that arguably, the Raiders are the best team in this competition to produce these constant efforts. The Tigers halves were completely out classed and their forwards were also given some hard lessons, from the likes of Papalii (225m gained) Priest (157m) and Soliola (114m) all tearing them apart. An exciting sign for Raiders fans, however on a 5 day turn around and the travel to Brisbane, it will be interesting to see how they go tonight.

Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)

Brisbane Broncos
No team changes from last week, with Coach Bennett opting for consistency rather than a knee jerk response to two losses from 3 starts.
team changes, injuries to affect game

Canberra Raiders
J. Tapine, could be a late inclusion, which could add to the Raiders offload abilities if he can prove his fitness before game time.

Their last 5 game report card: Brisbane 3 wins, 1 at Suncorp, 2 away, Raiders 2 wins, both away. Last 3 games at Suncorp, Brisbane has won all 3, by 24,1 and most recently 8 points.

2016 – Round 14 – Brisbane won by 8 at Suncorp stadium
2015 – Round 12 – Brisbane won by 12 at GIO stadium
2014 – Round 13 – Brisbane won by 24 at GIO stadium
2013 – Round 13 – Canberra won by 12 at GIO stadium
2012 – Round 22 – Canberra won by 16 at GIO stadium

What we take from this?
Brisbane with an extra 3 days rest is massive in this competition, Massive. Pus being at home where Canberra haven’t won a game since 2010, also affects the mental approach for this game. Brisbane seem to be getting all the ticks and we don’t think the Raiders will be able to turn the above trends around even after a resounding win over the Tigers.

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