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    Broncos vs Dragons

    NRL, 18 August, 2017

    Suncorp Stadium
    Fulltime - Broncos 24, Dragons 12
    Broncos   Dragons
    24 FINAL SCORE 12
    5 TRIES 2
    Referee: Matt Cecchin
    Touch judges: Nick Beashel & Belinda Sleeman
    Video Referee: Bernard Sutton

    The St George Illawarra Dragons faithful will be hoping their men in red and white turn up at the Suncorp cauldron. It’s a finals berth on the line when they tackle the flying Brisbane Broncos on Friday night at 7:50pm AEST..

    Oh the perils of being a Dragons fan. One week it’s a massive win over the rampant Sea Eagles, the next it’s a drubbing at the hands of cellar dwellers Newcastle.

    Playing with about as much consistency as a raw rocky road batter, the question on every NRL fan’s lips is which Dragons side will turn up tonight against a Broncos side full of confidence.

    Regardless, they sit ninth and can basically say sayonara to their season if they fall to Wayne Bennett’s men this evening.

    It’s not only their volatile form that bodes badly for the Dragons side, they haven’t won at Suncorp since 2009. Their side is unchanged, with Tariq Sims swapping to the bench while Leeson Ah Mau starts.

    On the other end of the spectrum, Bennett’s side looks settled, composed, and have been comfortably the best attacking side in the competition in recent weeks.

    Couple that with their outstanding record at Suncorp Stadium and the second-placed side will feel like this game is as good as won before the first whistle blows.

    Their side is unchanged.

    Where the game will be won
    Attack, attack, attack. The Broncos will be doing a whole lot of that tonight. They have a spoil of ball-playing options in the form of Milford, Hunt, Boyd, Moga and company, and if they get the ball humming early, it could well be a cricket score.

    If the Dragons are going to win, it will have to be off the back of a resolute defensive and kicking game. Expect Gareth Whiddop to control things in the centre of the park, and they have potential to score points if all things go to plan.

    The Broncos will cement their position in the top two with an attacking frenzy against a brave Dragons side.

    Broncos by 10.

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    • 12:26pm
      Wayne Turner said | 12:26pm | ! Report

      Amazing the Dragons were ever in that game,and even any chance to make the 8. A team with no number 7 all year – McCrone’s been past it all season.Now Mann,who’s not a 7,he’s really a winger or centre.

      Mann is terrible at 7. He only has a running game at 7.His kicking is terrible,and passing suspect.

      Disappointed the Dragons never gave Shaun Nona a chance in first grade at 7.I can’t imagine he could be any worse,than McCrone and Mann.Sadly,Nona never got that chance,and is now playing in the Queensland cup,after we got rid of him,before June 30 deadline.

      Hopefully Hunt will and should fix all that,next season.Couldn’t be worse,than the current alleged number 7’s.

      Dugan was mainly terrible tonight – Clueless in defense,injury prone,mistake prone,too slow,and not a centre.Only a fullback,and we don’t need him there.Dufty is the future,needs more experience,and put weight back on,he lost from being sick.Dugan past it,and Sharks can have him,for four years too,ha,ha,ha,ha….

    • Roar Guru

      The Barry said | 10:09pm | ! Report

      This is appalling from nine.

      “Who do you think out of those bottom 8 teams are most likely to make it Wally?”

      “Ummm….yeah….I’m not really sure…..who……is going……to……make it” desperate sideways look to Fatty who recovers but has no idea who plays who.

      • Roar Rookie

        Hard Yards said | 7:23am | ! Report

        They’re a couple of unprofessional, ill-prepared, unsuitable nongs who are a generation behind the pace as far as sports commentary is concerned. 35 years ago they played footy. Shiny bummed trousers keeping real talent from taking the seats. Surely their employer could reassign them to other duties and promote good people.

        • Roar Guru

          The Barry said | 7:53am | ! Report

          I actually don’t mind Fatty. His enthusiasm makes up for the odd slip. He rescued Wally in the incident I was referring to. Wally had no idea what teams were even competing for the eight.

          Even during the game he drawls in a monotone and comes up with the most blindingly obvious statements “The Broncos will want to score here”.

          Lockyer is horrendous and seems surprised when they throw to him. Fittler rarely seems to be aware there’s even a game on. Johns is great from a technical aspect but gushes over every player.

          Gould can be insightful but he chooses his narrative every 20 minutes and just harps on about it regardless of what happens on the field.

          • 8:36am
            RM said | 8:36am | ! Report

            Agree on all this, although I think Lockyer has actually improved a bit as the season has gone on. A couple of times in the past few weeks I’ve been surprised by a bit of insightful commentary from him, pointing out what a team is trying to do (or should be) and then being proven right within a few minutes.

            The only way was up for him, though. He’s a pretty terrible commentator, really. Just not cut out for it at all – not a naturally garrulous bloke, Locky…

        • Roar Rookie

          steveng said | 11:43am | ! Report

          In Fatty’s case it had to do with ‘super league’ and being the Packers body guard. Remember the press conference where Fatty wanted to take on the whole press gallery. Ever since then Fatty was promoted by the Packers. I’ve never watched the ‘Footy Show’ and never ever will do, I don’t think Fatty is anything made for a TV show, especially a comedian.

    • Roar Guru

      PNG Broncos fan88 said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      Maguire best on ground for mine, Milford was a bit too spritely for my liking. Captain Darius is a buzz kill.

      Happy that the Broncs were really scrappy in attack as they look quite disappointed post match and so should the coach.
      This ensures that they will not take the Eels lightly next week.

      Nothing less than 3rd spot looking secure now with this 2pts tonite.

      • Roar Guru

        The Barry said | 9:59pm | ! Report

        Really interesting game v Eels next week especially after getting rolled a few weeks ago.

        • Roar Guru

          PNG Broncos fan88 said | 10:55pm | ! Report

          The Eels were Melbourne like in slowing down the ruck and got away with elbows, knees and niggly stuff that night. It was quite frustrating that the officials were quite lenient too.
          That ruck rifraf wont be tolerated in front of the Suncorp faithful come Thursday.
          I hope Brisbane return serve with interest as I am sure they have been looking forward to these rematch to exact revenge on grubby Edwards, he will have a target on his chest and pitbull McGuire will be all over him.

          • Roar Rookie

            Bill Blazejowski said | 11:35pm | ! Report

            I seem to remember McGuire stepping on a players hand in the ruck in the Eels game. Not a great look for the game but of course Bennett and the media pointed the finger solely at the Eels. McGuire one of the premier grubs in the game.

            • 12:22am
              Thomas C said | 12:22am | ! Report

              bitter much

            • Roar Rookie

              steveng said | 11:48am | ! Report

              McGuire is a grub, that second flop onto Dugan was unnecessary and a very grubby thing to do. Not a good look for RL. After that tackle, McGuire gets up and thinks he’s a hero, by the look on his face.

              • Roar Rookie

                Flat White said | 10:12am | ! Report

                Disagree. Any player other than Dugan doesn’t drop like a sack of tubers. Dropping on to him completes the tackle. McGuire hears the whistle, knows the penalty is against him, gets up and runs back to the line. No carry on, no further groundwork.

    • Roar Guru

      Emcie said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      Dragons attitude looked good tonight. without dugans botched catch early and his bombed try it could have been a lot closer. I think a few teams will be trying to put points on the broncos early to put Hunt on the back foot when he comes on, seemed to be what the Dragons were going for in the first 20

    • Roar Guru

      The Barry said | 9:40pm | ! Report

      This is my non controversial statement:

      Josh McGuire is a grub and one of my most disliked players of all time.

      Here’s my (maybe) controversial statement:

      He’s quickly becoming one of the players in the comp that I most enjoy watching. He’s tough. He’s got some skill. He doesn’t stop. He shows up to make the run or the tackle the team needs. Loads of heart. And good or bad there’s always something doing when he’s involved in the play.

      Hed be one of the blokes you’d love playing for your club. You’d have to grit your teeth a bit when people call him a grub because there’s not much of a defence, but you know he’s going to turn up for your team.

      • Roar Guru

        Emcie said | 9:45pm | ! Report

        I honestly didn’t like him much over the last couple years but he seems to have stepped up since Parker retired.

        Good to see you survived the game despite all your difficulties mate.

        • Roar Guru

          The Barry said | 9:54pm | ! Report

          Hahaha…I sent the missus to bed and forgot about my Classic side. Made life much easier.

          They just showed the ball McGuire threw for Glenn’s try. As good a ball as a half could throw. Took it to the line, drew the defender and put Glenn over.

          I always try to not mix up my opinion of someone with an assessment of their ability. McGuire makes that very hard at times but when you break down what he does and ignore the garbage, he’s a very, very effective player.

          And even when he is a grub he gives us someone to boo…!

          What are your thoughts on the Broncs? They copped criticism for shutting up shop in the 15 GF but I thought they could have done that better tonight. They tried for a bit to much razzle dazzle at times in the second half and never really put the game to bed.

          Ok against the Dragons but may not cut the mustard against a top 8 side…sorry Scotty.

          • Roar Guru

            Emcie said | 10:36pm | ! Report

            Really not sure how long the Broncs can go before someone works out how to counter this gameplan. I think the up tempo game plan will work against most opposition though as most teams have spent more of the season grinding and wont be used to the workload and its a tactic that saw them beat the Storm just before finals last year. I think that they’re pretty much locked into it with McColough out though as most of they defence was structured around him, so if someone does work it out they could be in trouble

          • 11:01pm
            Fraser said | 11:01pm | ! Report

            I’ve played Kickit touch footy against McGuire. He’s even a grub in touch footy, and especially in mixed putting in cheap shots and purposeful ankle taps on the girls. Beating his team in the Grand Final for men’s was definitely a satisfying victory. All his mates were boofheads as well, so not surprising.

            In saying that, the guy has a lot of skill. In Kickit he’ll put in grubbers, chip and chase, cut-out passes. He’s very good. And a very tough competitor who just doesn’t stop. He’s really turned it up since getting towelled up in Origin 1.

            • Roar Guru

              The Barry said | 2:24am | ! Report

              Please mods let it through…it’s all good, it’s all good…??

            • Roar Guru

              The Barry said | 6:51am | ! Report

              Good for you.

              Not many people are willing to liken themselves to Adolf but you’ve done it well.

            • Roar Guru

              PNG Broncos fan88 said | 8:35am | ! Report

              This story is full of crock. How can you peddle such nonsense here?
              It never happened, the fans got to meet the players after the match.
              Some locals went as far as handing over bilums (hand made woven bags) to their favourite stars in exchange for a jersey or for boots.
              Most if not all touring contingents become respectfull gentlemen and are sincere in spreading’ the violence against women’ message in their time up here.
              You must be referring to the ’91 tour – back then League was a religion and Mal was god. Those days are gone, the PNG kids of this generation have better things to do then chasing after a tour bus.

              Another fun fact, PNG is not a 3rd world country. It is a developing economy richly endowed with natural resources.

            • Roar Guru

              BigJ said | 3:02pm | ! Report

              Steve thank god you understand what i was trying to say cause Barry certainly didnt.

            • Roar Guru

              The Barry said | 11:09am | ! Report

              You get called irrelevant and meaningless and you think that’s indicative of someone who ‘gets’ what you’re saying?

      • 9:59pm
        Danno1 said | 9:59pm | ! Report

        the modern Andrew Gee? He ticked all those boxes

        • Roar Guru

          The Barry said | 10:20pm | ! Report

          Broncs have had a few like that…Alan Cann was cut from similar cloth.

      • Roar Guru

        BigJ said | 10:08pm | ! Report

        Knew all along Barry, so when you call me a grub your really saying im a tough skilled bloke you will never stop producing great reading articles
        Knew it all along Barry.

        • Roar Guru

          The Barry said | 10:12pm | ! Report


          McGuire is a grub but he gives his heart and soul to his club. That’s what I respect about him.

          You’re a grub and cheer for one team today and another tomorrow and another next week. Which is the lowest of the low. It really is. Always has been always will be. I’d rather be mates with someone who eats out of garbage bins than someone who has six teams.

          You make Randyll Tarly look rock solid.

      • Roar Rookie

        steveng said | 11:53am | ! Report

        Most of McGuire’s skills are ‘flukes’ especially catching that ball, the bloke only runs one up 99.99% of the time and gets tackled and very rarely ‘offloads’.

    • Roar Guru

      Rellum said | 9:38pm | ! Report

      Listening to the 9 commentators you would think St George won that game.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 9:37pm | ! Report


      Broncos 24 – 12 Dragons

      Match Result: The Brisbane Broncos kept in touch with table toppers the Melbourne Storm courtesy of a 24-12 unpacking of a brave Dragons side.

      More to come

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:36pm | ! Report

      Well, I’m disappointed with the scoreboard and the result, but certainly not the effort or the way we played. Pretty good game of footy that.

      Cheers Nick.

      • Roar Guru

        Nick Kelland said | 9:38pm | ! Report

        Extremely entertaining game.

        Anytime Scotty!

        • Roar Guru

          The Barry said | 9:41pm | ! Report

          Yeah, nice one Nick.

          Entertaining game.

          Look forward to you cheering for the Dogs on Sunday Scotty…

          • Roar Guru

            Scott Pryde said | 9:43pm | ! Report

            It’s going to be torture. Hopefully Canberra beat Penrith and I don’t need to so much!

            • Roar Guru

              The Barry said | 9:47pm | ! Report

              Nope…too late buddy, you’re committed.

            • Roar Guru

              The Barry said | 10:03pm | ! Report

              Imagine cheering for the Dogs on Sunday…and they get up.

              Then that win gives the Dogs the belief to beat the Drags in Round 26

              • Roar Guru

                Scott Pryde said | 10:07pm | ! Report

                That’d sum up the Dragons season nicely…

              • Roar Guru

                The Barry said | 10:13pm | ! Report

                Don’t worry mate it will never happen…

              • 10:46pm
                Alex L said | 10:46pm | ! Report

                Already beat them once Barry!

              • Roar Guru

                The Barry said | 11:31pm | ! Report

                True AL…that seems like a lifetime ago now…

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