Canterbury Bulldogs vs Brisbane Broncos: NRL live scores, blog
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Canterbury Vs. Brisbane
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 13 August, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW|
|Canterbury 22 defeated Brisbane 14|
|Referee: T Archer|
|Touch judges: P Holland & J Walsh|
The Brisbane Broncos really need to steady the ship after three straight losses but will get no favours from a Canterbury Bulldogs side on a ten match winning streak. Join us for NRL live scores and blog from 3.00pm AEST.
The Bulldogs are firming as premiership favourites with each passing match and will be keen to demonstrate why when they face Brisbane today.
Canterbury was terrific against Newcastle last week in what was a real danger game for Des Hasler’s men.
Playing infront of a vocal Knights crowd, the Bulldogs blew Newcastle away early, racing out to a 24-nil against a side that had won its previous three matches.
Despite going scoreless for the remaining 60 minutes of the match, the Bulldogs defended well against Newcastle en route to a solid 24-10 win.
While the Bulldogs march ominously toward September, Brisbane is clinging onto a place in the finals after three straight defeats.
Considered arguably the most physically intimidating team in the NRL for most of the season, Brisbane have gone soft in recent weeks and will need to be back to their physical best if they are a chance of upsetting the Bulldogs.
The Broncos defence over the past few weeks has been dreadful. They missed over 60 tackles against Parramatta a fortnight ago and didn’t fare much better against Canberra last week.
If Brisbane produces a repeat of such meagre tackling, the Bulldogs will rack up a huge score today, particularly if Ben Barba and Josh Reynolds are given space to wreck havoc.
Given that they are up against the ladder leaders however, the Broncos should be primed for a strong performance this afternoon, and if they do click, this match could turn into a real arm wrestle.
The suspension of fullback Josh Hoffman will do Brisbane no favours this afternoon, given that he has been one of their leading lights in attack this season.
The Broncos though still possess a line-up that on form should be competitive against the Bulldogs.
Peter Wallace, Justin Hodges, Jack Reed, Gerard Beale, Sam Thaiday, Ben Te’o and Ben Hannant have played below their best in recent weeks but are capable of leading Brisbane home if they click.
While one expects Brisbane to be competitive this afternoon, the confidence that the Bulldogs possess at the moment should be enough for them to secure a tight win.
Bulldogs by 8.
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