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Round 15 of the NRL season continues as the Brisbane Broncos host the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:55pm AEST.
After another week from hell on and off the field, the Broncos will be desperate to get back on the park and put on a better performance in front of a home crowd.
The Broncos in recent weeks have played well in patches. Their first half against the Raiders last week was much improved, but the second half was diabolical. They were a completely different side.
They will sorely miss Payne Haas this week as he has made plenty of metres through the middle all season. David Fifita is improving week to week while Kotoni Staggs has showed us his class.
Tom Flegler joins Haas on the sidelines, so Joe Ofehangaue and Rhys Kennedy will be the starting props. Ethan Bullemor and Jamil Hopoate take their bench spots. Anthony Milford replaces Brodie Croft in the halves. Jordan Kahu replaces Jesse Arthars in the backline and Herbie Farnworth shifts to the wing. Isaac Luke also replaces the injured Jake Turpin.
The Dragons sent Paul McGregor out with an impressive win over the Parramatta Eels last Friday night. The question is whether they can back up that win with a first-up victory for new coach Dean Young.
The return of Ben Hunt to the hooker role worked for the Dragons and he was one of the better players on the field. Cameron McInnes got through a mountain of work in defence and Matt Dufty continues to cause problems for opposition defences.
For the Dragons, Tyrell Fuimaono was named but will miss the game via suspension. Jacob Host will likely start on an edge and Trent Merrin is likely to come into the 17. Paul Vaughan is set to be recalled after his COVID breach, perhaps at the expense of Tristan Sailor.
Brisbane fans will be hoping their team comes out pumped for this one. However, the loss of Payne Haas is big, and this team has forgotten how to play for 80 minutes.
I’m not convinced the Dragons have completely turned the corner but they will be too good in this one.
Dragons by 14
Kick-off: 7:55pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV: Nine, Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
1. Darius Boyd, 2. Richard Kennar, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Jordan Kahu, 5. Herbie Farnworth, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Tom Dearden, 8. Joe Ofahengaue, 9. Isaac Luke, 10. Rhys Kennedy, 11. David Fifita, 12. Ben Te’o, 13. Patrick Carrigan
Bench/Reserves: 14. Cory Paix, 15. Jordan Riki, 16. Ethan Bullemor, 17. Jamil Hopoate, 18. Pride Petterson-Robati, 19. Jesse Arthars, 20. Sean O’Sullivan, 21. Brodie Croft
1. Matt Dufty, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Adam Clune, 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Ben Hunt, 10. Josh Kerr, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Tyrell Fuimaono, 13. Cameron McInnes
Bench/Reserves: 14. Jacob Host, 15. Kaide Ellis, 16. Korbin Sims, 17. Paul Vaughan, 18. Trent Merrin, 19. Tristan Sailor, 20. Brayden Williame, 21. Eddie Blacker