Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores, blog
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Brisbane Vs. Newcastle
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 3 June, 2012
|Suncorp Stadium, QLD|
|Brisbane 50 defeated Newcastle 24|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: R Turner & Michael Wise|
The Newcastle Knights faced a barrage of criticism after their loss to the Gold Coast last week, but have the opportunity to redeem themselves when they face the high flying Brisbane Broncos today. Join us for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm AEST.
We are midway through season 2012 and its safe to say that the Knights have been the biggest disappointments in the NRL.
Regarded as premiership contenders before the season kicked off, Newcastle currently find themselves in 11th position on the ladder with just four wins next to their name.
Their 24-14 loss to the Gold Coast last week was considered to be one of the club’s most dissapointing performances in its 25 year history.
With their backs against the wall, Newcastle need to respond today against a Broncos side who too are struggling despite their lofty position on the NRL ladder.
Brisbane has lost its past three matches and will be desperate to get back into the winner’s circle infront of another healthy Suncorp stadium home crowd.
In good news for Brisbane, coach Anthony Griffin welcomes back Origin trio Petero Civoniceva, Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges, who were all rested for the clash against Melbourne last week.
The Knights have really struggled upfront this season and will need to show a bit of character and attitude in the forwards if they are to get the better of Brisbane today.
Newcastle failed to handle a mobile Titans pack last week, with Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and Greg Bird all causing havoc with their constant offloads.
If the Knights produce a similar performance upfront against Brisbane, there could be a cricket score on the cards this afternoon much to Newcastle’s detriment.
The Broncos probably possess the most mobile pack in the NRL, with Matt Gillett, Thaiday, Corey Parker, Ben Te’o, Josh McGuire and Alex Glenn all capable of causing the Knights trouble with their tackle breaking and offloading capabilities.
While defence has proved to be an issue for Newcastle this season, their attack has also left a lot to be desired.
High profile recruit Darius Boyd is yet to fire for the Knights this season and needs to stamp his authority today against Brisbane.
If the Knights are to cause the upset, Boyd needs to be involved in everything Newcastle do in attack, so don’t be surprised to see Boyd play at five-eighth in a bid to get his hands on the football more often.
After facing a lot of criticism last week for their loss against the Titans, expect Newcastle to be full of running early on, and if they can score the opening try, their chances of upsetting Brisbane will increase.
The Broncos however have proved very difficult to upstage at Suncorp this season, and with a full roster at their disposal, Brisbane should simply have too much firepower for Newcastle to handle this afternoon.
Broncos by 12
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