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NRL Round 15: Broncos v Souths
The Broncos looked very poor against the Raiders, with their new halves combination of Hunt and Gamble failing to fire.
With Milford and Kelly still injured, Croft on the outer and Deardon now playing for the Cowboys, Coach Walters has no real other option but to give Hunt and Gamble another shot.
Unfortunately, they come up against one of the most dominant and consistent halves pairing of the past few seasons in Cody Walker and Adam Reynoldson.
To further demonstrate the contrasting quality of these two squads, Tesi Niu has been given another go at playing fullback (after being rushed into the team due to the injury to Coates suffered before the Broncos loss to the Raiders.
Niu had been playing in QLD Cup for nearly the entire season after some poor defensive showings earlier this year. Although he showed some glimpses of brilliance against the Raiders, he is a long way off his opposing number 1 Latrell Mitchell.
Finally, although Turpin is a hard working number 9, despite having played 2 less games that Turpin in 2021, Cook has made twice as many metres, has 6 line breaks to Turpin’s 1 line break and has 24 tackle breaks to Turpin’s 4 tackle breaks for the entire season.
It is therefore hard to see where the Bronco’s points will come from and although they usually play much better at home, the Broncos have been truly awful in recent weeks and it is not clear whether Coach Walters has really improved this team much in the opening half of the season.
Souths were not great against the Knights last week and with a strong forward pack, the Broncos might be able to put up a fight, but I think Souths will prove to be far too strong.
Predicted score Souths 32 – Broncos 10