Brisbane Broncos vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog
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Brisbane Vs. Warriors
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 14 July, 2012
|Suncorp Stadium, QLD|
|Brisbane 10 defeated Warriors 8|
|Referee: B Cummins|
|Touch judges: S Carrall & Michael Wise|
Coming off two consecutive wins, the New Zealand Warriors will fancy their chances of causing the upset against the Brisbane Broncos in what promises to be a cracking game of football. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
The Warriors are back in the top eight after last week’s important victory against the Titans and are now starting to build winning momentum at the right time of the season.
New Zealand’s finals credentials however go on the line tonight as they clash against a full strength Broncos outfit at their Suncorp Stadium fortress.
Although Brisbane is coming off a loss to the Sharks, it is important to recognise that the Broncos had several players missing due to Origin commitments and injury respectively last week.
With a full compliment of players now at their disposal however, the Broncos will be favoured to get back into the winner’s circle, but must be weary of a Warriors side starting to hit its straps.
The battle upfront tonight will be tremendous between two sides blessed with mobile forwards.
Warriors forwards Russell Packer and Ben Matulino go head to head with Broncos big men Josh McGuire and Petero Civoniceva.
In the second row, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering and Elijah Taylor will be desperate to get on top of Broncos trio Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker.
The performances from the preceding players will go a long way to deciding which team emerges victorious tonight.
If the Warriors manage to outmuscle Brisbane upfront, the Broncos will be at long odds to contain playmaking trio Shaun Johnson, James Maloney and Kevin Locke.
A dominant performance from Brisbane’s pack however should see the likes of Peter Wallace, Josh Hoffman and Corey Norman dictate proceedings for the Broncos.
All in all, both teams will be up for tonight’s clash so expect this contest to be played at a finals like intensity.
While the Warriors certainly possess the power and skill to beat Brisbane tonight, the Broncos have consistently performed well at home this season, and on the back of a big crowd, should do enough to emerge with a tight win.
Broncos by 4
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