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Kotoni Staggs and Corey Oates return for the Brisbane Broncos as they take on the Cronulla Sharks looking to put a dent in their finals hopes. Join The Roar for live scores from
It’s a completely new-look Broncos outfit to the one that copped a 46-0 pounding at the hands of the Rabbitohs in Round 15. Out is Matt Lodge, who’s moved effective immediately to the Warriors; Tevita Pangai Jr through suspension and Xavier Coates, who won’t back up from Origin 2. Oates and Staggs back in the side, the latter for his first game of the season, does square the ledger: but it’s not too often you see a team make eight changes and come away victorious.
The Sharks are making a habit of thrilling finishes, having won three of their last four games by two points or less – including two thanks to last-gasp field goals. Those wins over the Dragons, Panthers and Cowboys has seen them climb into the eight, and with a chance to open a gap to the ninth-placed Knights with victory today.
Will Chambers misses, having returned to Melbourne to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. That has seen coach Josh Hannay shuffle the team around, with Connor Tracey moving into the centres and Sione Katoa coming off the bench to wing.
How the Suncorp Stadium crowd reacts to Ronaldo Mulitalo will be a fascinating subplot to this game. The Sharks winger was all set to make his Origin debut for Queensland, before being heartbreakingly ruled out due to eligibility concerns. Don’t be surprised to see him receive a rousing cheer from the fans at some point… though perhaps not if he scores a game-winning late try.
1. Tesi Niu, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 5. Jamayne Isaako, 6. Tyson Gamble, 7. Brodie Croft, 10. Payne Haas, 9. Jake Turpin, 19. Rhys Kennedy, 11. Alex Glenn (c), 12. TC Robati, 15. Kobe Hetherington
Bench/Reserves: 14. Cory Paix, 16. Keenan Palasia, 17. Jesse Arthars, 22. Ethan Bullemor | 18. Jordan Riki, 23. Xavier Willison
1. Will Kennedy, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 2. Connor Tracey, 4. Jesse Ramien, 19. Sione Katoa, 6. Matt Moylan, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods (c), 11. Briton Nikora, 15. Teig Wilton, 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench/Reserves: 12. Siosifa Talakai, 14. Braydon Trindall, 16. Jack Williams, 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele | 18. Billy Magoulias, 21. Mawene Hiroti