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Broncos vs Panthers
NRL, 20 July, 2018
|Fulltime - Broncos 50, Panthers 18|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: Michael Wise & Nick Beashel|
|Video Referee: Jared Maxwell|
The Brisbane Broncos are set to host the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:55pm (AEST).
This game is crucial for these two teams, who are both coming off last-start defeats.
Another loss for the Broncos here potentially puts them only one win ahead of ninth, when the gap between eighth and ninth seemed insurmountable just a few weeks ago.
For the Panthers, some recent losses have them sitting outside the top four and another poor result could see them slip as low as seventh.
After the Warriors’ poor showing in recent rounds, Brisbane were favoured to put them to the sword last Sunday afternoon. No one expected a 26-6 defeat, which was as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests.
James Roberts makes his return to the team at centre, Tevita Pangai Jr starts in the second row, and David Fifita drops out. Jaydn Su’A is out for the remainder of the year with an ankle injury.
Penrith’s young team took it to the Sharks last weekend but didn’t take home the two competition points.
Since their get-out-of-jail win against Canberra, the Panthers have lost three out of their last four matches, although have also endured a torrid injury run and have been Origin-affected.
A fair chunk of their cavalry return this weekend, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Josh Mansour, James Maloney and Nathan Cleary all returning to the starting 13, while Tyrone Peachey will come off the bench.
The Broncos are difficult to beat at home on a Friday night, so Brisbane to win in a cliffhanger.
Broncos by 2.