- Full preview of the clash at Suncorp Stadium
- A suggested betting play from our NRL expert
NRL Tips expert Steve Green brings you his NRL preview of the Round 18 clash between the Broncos and the Bulldogs.
Broncos v Bulldogs
In Round 14, both teams copped a flogging that seemed to signal the end of their season. Not because they couldn’t mathematically make the 8, but because it showed how far off the pace they were.
Since then, the Doggies have gone back to back against the Sharks and Knights (both top 8 teams), while the Broncos beat the Sharks and drew with the Warriors.
For the Bulldogs, their defence has been the key, conceding 12 and 14 points in their past two matches. For the Broncos, it has been their ability to play good footy in the second half that has been key.
— Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) 17 July 2019
The Broncos are looking better since Milford moved to 1 and Boyd to 6, plus the Broncos big forward pack is finally learning to steamroll their opponents. Fifita, Pangai, Haas have all shown they have the ability to break the line and that kind of youthful confidence can be infectious. Gillett is no chance of returning this weekend and Glenn is a strong chance of being shifted out to the centres to boost their defence…a great move in my opinion. This would allow Fifita to start and with Carrigan, Ofahengaue and Rhys Kennedy to bring on, they have enough forward depth to make such a move.
As for the Bulldogs, DWZ has quickly shown how valuable a player he is to his new team and it is no coincidence that since moving to 1, the Doggies have had their first back to back wins in a row.
Napa continues to impress me and I just don’t get why he cops such a bad wrap. I know he dropped a sitter that led to a Knights try, but the guy made over 40 tackles and over 170 quality metres. With Tolman injured early, he was one of his team’s best, along with the ever reliable Hopoate. I also think Elliott and Harawira-Naira have been delivering over the past fortnight. So in what has been another disappointing season, there are a few bright spots.
However, I think that the Broncos at Suncorp with a bit of momentum behind them, could really click into gear tomorrow night. Oates is back from Origin and Isaako is finally showing some glimpses of his 2018 form.
The Broncos will not play too much enterprising footy, with their halves still very much a makeshift job…however when Segeyaro comes on and the Doggies forwards are tiring, expect to see Milford, Segy and the Broncos mobile forwards find some gaps up the middle.
On my ratings, the Broncos are about 8 points better on paper and so when you throw in the home ground advantage, I think the Broncos are decent value here.