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    The St George-Illawarra Dragons will be looking to bounce back from last week’s shock 28-14 loss at home to the Gold Coast Titans, while the Brisbane Broncos will seek to consolidate their spot in the top eight. Join us for live scores and blog of the action from 7:30pm tonight.

    Despite St George’s dominance in the past two seasons, it is Brisbane who have the wood over their opponents.

    The Broncos have been winners in three of their past four against the Dragons, including a 10-6 arm wrestle in the corresponding fixture at Suncorp last year.

    Both sides will welcome back their stars from Origin, and the key will be which players can back up after a taxing Origin battle just 48 hours earlier.

    The Dragons will be without both Ben Creagh (ankle)  and Beau Scott (knee) but expect key winger Brett Morris to return from injury.

    For the Broncos, Corey Parker (groin) is a late withdrawal, while Justin Hodges (hamstring) faces another week on the sidelines.

    For coach Anthony Griffin it will be the first opportunity to come up against mentor Wayne Bennett, making an interesting sub-plot after Bennett had been tipped to return to Brisbane and replace Griffin prior to linking with Newcastle.

    Brisbane’s recent inconsistent form was summed up perfectly when they nearly collapsed from 24-0 up against Canberra last Sunday, and any similiar slip up will be severely punished by the reigning premiers.

    The motivation for both sides will be high, with the ultra-consistent Dragons looking to return to winning ways and the Broncos pushing toward a swansong finals appearance for the evergreen Darren Lockyer.

    Will a parochial home crowd be enough to get Brisbane over the line?

    Join us for pre-game discussion throughout the afternoon, and follow our live updates from 7.30pm AEST.

    Teams, Broncos v Dragons

    BRONCOS: Josh Hoffman, Dale Copley, Justin Hodges*, Gerard Beale, Jharal Yow Yeh, Darren Lockyer (capt), Peter Wallace, Ben Hannant, Andrew McCullough, Scott Anderson, Sam Thaiday, Alex Glenn, Corey Parker*.

    Interchange: Jack Reed, Dunamis Lui, Mitchell Dodds, David Hala.

    * Replacements to be confirmed

    DRAGONS: Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Mark Gasnier, Kyle Stanley, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward (capt), Ben Hornby, Dan Hunt, Dean Young, Michael Weyman, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Matt Prior.

    Interchange: Jon Green, Nathan Fien, Adam Cuthbertson, Trent Merrin.

    Last Time: Brisbane 10-6 (Round 21 2010, Suncorp Stadium)
    Last Five: Brisbane 3, St George 2
    Overall: St George 13, Brisbane 12
    At This Venue: St George 6, Brisbane 3
    Betting: Brisbane $1.95, St George $1.85

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    • Roar Guru

      June 17th 2011 @ 6:45pm
      shane said | June 17th 2011 @ 6:45pm | ! Report

      Good evening.

      Welcome to this Friday Night blockbuster between premiership heavyweights Brisbane Broncos and St George Illawarra Dragons.

      Despite both teams missing troops due to the Origin on Wednesday night, tonight’s game will be no doubt be a bruising encounter between to outfits with a rich vein of history. Don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until kickoff.

      Broncos Late Mail: Hodges & Parker out. Gagai & Norman in. Reed and Lui to start

      Dragons Late Mail: Tagive, Fien, Merrin & Greenfield start – Morris, Young, Scott & Creagh out. Green, Cuthbertson, McKinnon & Bosdon on bench

      With these late changes, the Broncos have firmed in betting and will start $1.85 favourites as the Dragons drift to $1.95.

      For those that like to follow the match officials tonight’s starters are: Referees – Jared Maxwell & Gerard Sutton. Sideline Officials – Russell Turner & Luke Potter. Video Ref – Paul Simpkins.

      Just under an hour to wait for kick off.

      Who’s your money on?

    • Roar Pro

      June 17th 2011 @ 6:48pm
      Dean - Surry Hills said | June 17th 2011 @ 6:48pm | ! Report

      Go the Mighties – missing a few quality players – but watch the youngens step up !
      Saints by 12.

    • Roar Guru

      June 17th 2011 @ 7:07pm
      shane said | June 17th 2011 @ 7:07pm | ! Report

      Why Brisbane will win:

      Brisbane love hitting the edges and have equal amounts of success both left and right so the Dragons defence on the edges will have to aim up, a tough ask considering they are missing arguably the best defender in Beau Scott.

      The Broncos have scored 14 tries from kicks, the third most in the comp, so don’t be surprised to see an aerial assault on the Dragons back 3.

      Why the Dragons will win:

      This is an entirely different attacking side to the one Brisbane might remember from their last clash in Round 21 last year (won 10-6 by the Broncos). Last time they met the Dragons went in to the game having scored twice as many tries down their left edge as they did on the right side of the field, things have changed in 2011 (19 left, 16 right). The Dragons have scored four tries on breakaway plays, second only to the Cowboys, so watch for the Dragons to build another win on the back of their brick wall and capitalise on a Broncos error.


      I think this will go down to the wire. I’m seeing a field goal/golden point victory.

    • Roar Guru

      June 17th 2011 @ 7:11pm
      shane said | June 17th 2011 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

      For those of you interested in the Toyota Cup result, the visitors drew first blood with a 22-18 Victory. Sign of things to come perhaps?

    • Roar Guru

      June 17th 2011 @ 7:38pm
      shane said | June 17th 2011 @ 7:38pm | ! Report

      Only minutes from kick off as the the Dragons and Broncos take to the pitch.

    • Roar Guru

      June 17th 2011 @ 7:39pm
      shane said | June 17th 2011 @ 7:39pm | ! Report

      Broncos will kick us off.

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