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The Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs clash at Suncorp Stadium in a match will have a serious impact on the 2020 NRL wooden spoon. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:30pm (AEST).
Safe to say 2020 hasn’t gone to plan for either of these sides. The two have combined for a grand total of one win since the competition restart, and the pressure on both coaches is growing by the day.
Anthony Siebold in particular is facing ever-increasing scrutiny about his job security in Brisbane, the 2-0 start to the season now a distant memory truly obscured the side’s six losses on the trot. The furore around Dean Pay’s future might not be quite as extreme, but regardless, both coaches will be desperate for a win today.
Siebold has some good news at least in the expected return of Kotoni Staggs, whose last appearance came in the Broncos’ best recent performance, their narrow Round 5 loss to Manly. He’s expected to come into the centres after being named in the extended reserves, which would see Jamayne Isaako miss out and Herbie Farnworth moved out wide.
There’s also a reshuffle up front, with Tevita Pangai Jr moving to the front row and Corey Oates into the second row.
The Bulldogs weren’t helped by Adam Elliott’s mid-week injury diagnosis, a dislocated shoulder ruling the lock out for an extended period. UK signing Luke Thompson will take his place in the starting side.
Kick-off: 5:30pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Tesi Niu, 2. Jamayne Isaako, 3. Herbie Farnworth, 4. Darius Boyd, 5. Xavier Coates, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Brodie Croft, 8. Tevita Pangai Jr., 9. Isaac Luke, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Alex Glenn, 12. Corey Oates, 13. Patrick Carrigan
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tom Dearden, 15. Thomas Flegler, 16. Rhys Kennedy, 17. Ben Te’o, 18. Cory Paix, 19. Jamil Hopoate, 20. Kotoni Staggs, 21. Matt Lodge
1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2. Nick Meaney, 3. Reimis Smith, 4. Marcelo Montoya, 5. Christian Crichton, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Brandon Wakeham, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Luke Thompson
Bench/Reserves: 14. Kerrod Holland, 15. Dean Britt, 16. Renouf To’omaga, 17. Sauaso Sue, 19. Ofahiki Ogden, 20. Jack Cogger, 21. Sione Katoa, 22. Lachlan Lewis