Round 1 will determine the Broncos and Dragons’ seasons

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    Sometimes it’s just not your team’s year. But then, sometimes, it is. For the Broncos, despite coach Wayne Bennett, this is not their year.

    While Brisbane have numerous promising youngsters coming through, they lack the depth required to win the premiership – maybe to even make the finals.

    The Broncos are relying upon Kodi Nikorima to plug the gap left by Ben Hunt as halfback, which is a big ask.

    Matthew Lodge’s has been heralded as the saviour in the forwards, while winger Corey Oates being moved to the second row leaves gaps out wide.

    Star recruit Jack Bird looks likely to miss the start of the season and his role in the centres does not seem to offer the opportunities which might be available closer to the action.

    The Broncos face the Dragons in Round 1 in a game which will bring Hunt face-to-face with his old team. Hunt has something to prove to Bennett, after being dropped by him last year, but more importantly, he needs to justify his $1 million price tag.

    For the Dragons, 2018 could well be their year. Having just failed to make the finals in the past few years, they have the forward pack to make the top four. The combination between Hunt and Gareth Widdop will be the key.

    James Graham in the front row looks keen to lead, and although a year older, he has the enthusiasm of a much younger player.

    The backline’s attack appears to be the weak link, but they have been together long enough to provide a solid defence.

    Will the first game of the NRL season define the year for these two teams?

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    The Crowd Says (19)

    • February 17th 2018 @ 6:24am
      kingcowboy said | February 17th 2018 @ 6:24am | ! Report

      Oh come on, seriously no one knows. Anything can happen, just let it play out and see what happens!

    • February 17th 2018 @ 7:05am
      Adam Bagnall said | February 17th 2018 @ 7:05am | ! Report

      This article is so dumb. Round 1 never determines anyones’ season. Dragons beat Penrith 42-10 last season in round one and missed the finals. Write about something else because rugby league isn’t your thing

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        February 17th 2018 @ 7:37am
        Walter Penninger said | February 17th 2018 @ 7:37am | ! Report

        I agree with you entirely, the point of the article before editing, was that I thought the Broncos were too short on forwards to last the season.

    • February 17th 2018 @ 8:02am
      Greg Ambrose said | February 17th 2018 @ 8:02am | ! Report

      Although the last line asking whether the first game of the year could define the season for the Broncos and the Dragons can’t be anything but rhetorical and is a result of editing it seems it amazes me how many fans do panic about the results in the first few games.

      In some ways it’s understandable because of the pent up anticipation. History proves that you can have a dismal start to the season like the Cows did a few years back and win the comp or blow the opposition away and miss the eight like the Dragons did in 17

      Can the old fox Bennett prove that he is a super coach in the next few years? His record over the last 10 is that of a good coach but nothing special perhaps.

    • February 17th 2018 @ 8:03am
      Duncan Smith said | February 17th 2018 @ 8:03am | ! Report

      Must be a Souths fan. If they beat the Warriors in round one, the premiership is theirs.

    • February 17th 2018 @ 9:46am
      Charles NSW said | February 17th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

      Oh, when the saints go marching in
      Oh Lord I want to be in that number
      When the saints go marching in

      That is what Walter is trying to say but did not want to upset too many opposition fans.

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        February 17th 2018 @ 11:16am
        Walter Penninger said | February 17th 2018 @ 11:16am | ! Report

        Charles,

        I prefer the Louis Armstrong version (the reference to food to eat used to mention ANZ standium pricing but that has been edited out):

        Louis Armstrong – When The Saints Go Marching In Lyrics

        We are traveling in the footsteps
        Of those who’ve gone before
        But we’ll all be reunited (but if we stand reunited)
        On a new and sunlit shore (then a new world is in store)

        Oh when the saints go marching in
        When the saints go marching in
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        And when the sun refuse (begins) to shine
        And when the sun refuse (begins) to shine
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        When the moon turns red with blood
        When the moon turns red with blood
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        On that hallelujah day
        On that hallelujah day
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        Oh when the trumpet sounds the call
        Oh when the trumpet sounds the call
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        Some say this world of trouble
        Is the only one we need
        But I’m waiting for that morning
        When the new world is revealed

        When the revelation (revolution) comes
        When the revelation (revolution) comes
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        When the rich go out and work
        When the rich go out and work
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        When the air is pure and clean
        When the air is pure and clean
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        When we all have food to eat
        When we all have food to eat
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        When our leaders learn to cry
        When our leaders learn to cry
        Oh lord I want to be in that number
        When the saints go marching in

        Finals are not good enough this year
        it will be the saints go marching in…….

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      February 17th 2018 @ 9:47am
      Joe said | February 17th 2018 @ 9:47am | ! Report

      This is going to be a really good round 1 clash. Broncos for the factors you mentioned will probably not be at their best, new players and Bird out. Both teams played very well in their Round 1 matches last year. Broncos beating reigning premiers Sharks in their home ground and Dragons demolishing premiership favorites Panthers. I really think the pressure is on the Dragons to win this one. For the aforementioned reasons Broncos have some ‘excuses’ for a slow start. Dragons are playing at home, no injuries and according to Mcgregor he finally has the roster that he always wanted. I actually like the fact that he’s put himself under pressure with those statements so he’s not going to have any excuses for this team not making the eight.

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