Canterbury Bulldogs Vs Brisbane Broncos
30 March 2017, 8:05pm (AEDST)
Canterbury Bulldogs 1-0-3
Wow, sums out the lack lustre performance by the Bulldogs last round. 36 points to Nil as they were decimated by a red hot Manly team, led by D.C-Evans with 5 try assists. In stark contrast to a Bulldogs outfit which never looked like scoring a try, with both halves failing to deliver a timely pass or a kick to apply pressure on Manly’s back three (Fullback and both wingers). Worrying times for the Bulldogs faithful, but it’s only round Four, it’s a long season, however short term it looks like another tough week ahead.
Brisbane Broncos 2-0-2
Another nail bitting win has Brisbane fans buying A.E.D. Defibrillator machines off eBay to combat their narrow games. With their last 3 matches determined by 2 points or less, their only large win was against the premiers by 8 points. Last week the Raiders threw everything at this classy outfit on a wet field, where it took 43 minutes for the first try to be scored, stark contrast to a try scoring feast as anticipated. Showing great composure Kahu nailed the field goal in the 74th minute to seal a 13-12 win to the relief of Brisbane fans. In this hard fought victory the Brisbane forwards really stepped up, with 5 forwards clearing 100m in territory, 3 line breaks and 6 offloads.
Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)
M. Mbye is suspended for a round this allows M. Frawley to step up and get the Bulldogs attack firing.
Remain unchanged as they pray for a match not to go to golden point or decided by 1 point.
Their last 5 game report card: Bulldogs 2 wins, 1 at ANZ, Brisbane 3 wins, 1 at ANZ
2016 – Round 24 – Broncos won by 10 at Suncorp
2016 – Round 16 – Bulldogs won by 26 at ANZ
2015 – Round 22 – Bulldogs won by 2 at Suncorp
2015 – Round 18 – Broncos won by 8 at ANZ
2014 – Round 22 – Broncos won by 31 at Suncorp
What we take from this?
We are expecting a spirited first 20 minutes from the Bulldogs, however this Brisbane pack has been immense in the first four rounds. If after this 20 minutes the Bulldogs don’t have 10+ points on the board, the emotions will be low and Brisbane will use this to their advantage.
Mbye’s absence will either inspire Reynolds and Frawley or will add to the woes of this proud club. Unfortunately from our point of view, it will prove to much pressure for Reynolds and he will revert to being overly aggressive and give away too many penalties as he tries to hard. It’s not the end of the season for the Bulldogs, but if they lose badly expect the media pressure to be dialled up 1,000% on D. Hasler and his men.
Brisbane have played four tough games to date, coach Bennett will ensure their complacency doesn’t creep in as they face a toothless Bulldogs attack. Milford has been slammed in the media, with a large forward pack that seems to be off their game, he could absolutely win this game off his back. Watch him late in the halves targeting the tired forwards with a burst of speed.
For Us Brisbane will be far to strong across the park, add in an extra two days of rest/preparation and its hard to see the Bulldogs beating them. Their young forwards are playing well above their pay grade ensuring their is no rest for the opposition on their interchanges, which will trouble the Bulldogs big forward pack.
Handicap Markets – 1st half handicap betting (+2) – Brisbane Broncos -2 $1.77 (Ladbrokes)
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