The St George-Illawarra Dragons will be looking to bounce back from last week’s shock 28-14 loss at home to the Gold Coast Titans, while the Brisbane Broncos will seek to consolidate their spot in the top eight. Join us for live scores and blog of the action from 7:30pm tonight.
Despite St George’s dominance in the past two seasons, it is Brisbane who have the wood over their opponents.
The Broncos have been winners in three of their past four against the Dragons, including a 10-6 arm wrestle in the corresponding fixture at Suncorp last year.
Both sides will welcome back their stars from Origin, and the key will be which players can back up after a taxing Origin battle just 48 hours earlier.
The Dragons will be without both Ben Creagh (ankle) and Beau Scott (knee) but expect key winger Brett Morris to return from injury.
For the Broncos, Corey Parker (groin) is a late withdrawal, while Justin Hodges (hamstring) faces another week on the sidelines.
For coach Anthony Griffin it will be the first opportunity to come up against mentor Wayne Bennett, making an interesting sub-plot after Bennett had been tipped to return to Brisbane and replace Griffin prior to linking with Newcastle.
Brisbane’s recent inconsistent form was summed up perfectly when they nearly collapsed from 24-0 up against Canberra last Sunday, and any similiar slip up will be severely punished by the reigning premiers.
The motivation for both sides will be high, with the ultra-consistent Dragons looking to return to winning ways and the Broncos pushing toward a swansong finals appearance for the evergreen Darren Lockyer.
Will a parochial home crowd be enough to get Brisbane over the line?
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Teams, Broncos v Dragons
BRONCOS: Josh Hoffman, Dale Copley, Justin Hodges*, Gerard Beale, Jharal Yow Yeh, Darren Lockyer (capt), Peter Wallace, Ben Hannant, Andrew McCullough, Scott Anderson, Sam Thaiday, Alex Glenn, Corey Parker*.
Interchange: Jack Reed, Dunamis Lui, Mitchell Dodds, David Hala.
* Replacements to be confirmed
DRAGONS: Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Mark Gasnier, Kyle Stanley, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward (capt), Ben Hornby, Dan Hunt, Dean Young, Michael Weyman, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Matt Prior.
Interchange: Jon Green, Nathan Fien, Adam Cuthbertson, Trent Merrin.
Last Time: Brisbane 10-6 (Round 21 2010, Suncorp Stadium)
Last Five: Brisbane 3, St George 2
Overall: St George 13, Brisbane 12
At This Venue: St George 6, Brisbane 3
Betting: Brisbane $1.95, St George $1.85