Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks: NRL live scores, blog
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Brisbane Vs. Cronulla
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 29 June, 2012
|Suncorp Stadium, QLD|
|Cronulla 26 defeated Brisbane 12|
|Referee: J Robinson|
|Touch judges: Luke Potter & Dave Munro|
The Brisbane Broncos will be looking to keep their hopes of a top two finish alive when they clash against finals contenders the Cronulla Sharks tonight. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
Despite being heavily affected by the Origin period, Brisbane continue to roll on nicely in season 2012, sitting in third position on the NRL ladder after last week’s strong victory against South Sydney.
The Broncos will once again be missing several players to Origin duty tonight, with Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday, Ben Hannant, Matt Gillett and Ben Te’o all sitting on the sidelines.
The great news for Brisbane however surrounds the fact that their spine remains unaffected with Josh Hoffman, Peter Wallace, Corey Norman and Andrew McCullough all available to play against Cronulla.
The Sharks however are missing key playmaker Todd Carney, who was instrumental in Cronulla’s come from behind victory against the Warriors last week.
Carney kicked a 40/20 late in the contest which paved the way for Jeff Robson to score the match winning try against New Zealand.
Carney’s ability to produce the big plays however will not be available tonight for Cronulla, so it remains to be seen how the Sharks will produce points against a strong Broncos defence.
Although the Sharks are also without captain Paul Gallen, Cronulla have great depth in the forwards and should match Brisbane pound for pound up-front tonight.
Jeremy Smith, Bryce Gibbs, Ben Ross and Jason Bakuya have all been strong for the Sharks this season and will fancy their chances of matching opposition forwards Alex Glenn, Josh McGuire and Brendon Gibb.
The problem for Cronulla however surrounds the absence of Carney.
The Sharks rely on Carney to ignite their attack and without him in the side, they will struggle to post the points they need to beat Brisbane. It’s the killer for them, and puts me off what has been a strong side all year.
Although the Sharks will try hard tonight, particularly upfront, the Broncos possess too much class in the key positions and should once again triumph at home.
Broncos by 12
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