Brisbane Broncos vs Parramatta Eels: NRL live scores, blog
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Brisbane Vs. Parramatta
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 31 July, 2012
|Suncorp Stadium, QLD|
|Parramatta 42 defeated Brisbane 22|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: Grant Atkins & Peter Gough|
Join us tonight for Monday Night Football as two injury-depleted clubs in the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels clash at Suncorp Stadium. We’ll have live NRL scores and blog from 7pm AEST.
The Broncos are without first choice backs Justin Hodges, Jack Reed, Dale Copley, Jharal Yow Yeh and Josh Hoffman, while the Eels will make the trip to Suncorp without fullback Jarryd Hayne, Willie Tonga, new-signing Luke Kelly, Casey McGuire and Matthew Keating.
The Broncos do have Ben Te’o’s available to play after successful downgrading of a careless tackle charge at the NRL judiciary, but neither team is at full strength tonight.
In theory, a win at home for the Broncos against a team with one hand on the wooden spoon should be regulation.
The Broncos strength should be through their forward pack. Peter Wallace and Corey Norman can win the battle through the middle with the forward pack rolling forward, and in theory this should open up the game – but can they use this to their advantage with their depleted backline?
With Melbourne Storm down on form, the minor premiership is suddenly not a foregone conclusion and the Broncos have plenty to play for.
The Eels are currently last on the ladder but they did shock the Storm outfit in the last game for coach Stephen Kearney.
But it’s a tough ask for new (temporary) Eels coach Brad Arthur – about as tough as they come up at Suncorp, regardless of injury troubles for the Broncos.
He’ll need his halves Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts to score points without Hayne and Tonga.
However, the young backline can challenge the depleted Broncos out wide, and may throw everything to the centres and wing men and hope to open up the Brisbane team.
There’s another key reason for the Eels to aim up – and not just seeing out Hindmarsh out on the roadshow that is his retirement.
The announcement of Ricky Stuart as the Eels coach for 2013 provides incentive as they players look to show what they can offer to the new coach. Stuart may well be at the game.
It’ll be a shock win for the Eels, but the NRL offers plenty of surprises.