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The Brisbane Broncos will be out to get their second win in a row on home soil when they take on the out of form and struggling, but still dangerous, St George Illawarra Dragons. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 8:05pm (AEDT).
The Dragons have plenty to fight against in this game, and come in with their backs well and truly to the wall, having lost their opening games of the season against the Cowboys and Rabbitohs.
Questions surrounding their spine and creativity in attack still are yet to be addressed, while their right-edge defence has struggled greatly and could get burned by the Broncos.
Brisbane are most dangerous when they are able to control the game, and if Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima can run without fear, any defensive weaknesses the Dragons have will be exploited to the maximum.
Regardless of all that, the Dragons had their backs to the wall in the elimination finals last year, claiming their first win at Suncorp Stadium in almost a decade.
No one saw it coming, and it feels like we are in a similar situation heading into this game.
The Dragons must sort out their attack though. Matt Dufty’s spot on the bench has been a strange one so far, but may be used more effectively this year with more depth in the forwards, thanks to the return of Korbin Sims, who plays his first game in the Red V against his old club after being suspended at the back end of last year.
The key for the Dragons is in their forwards. If they can limit the impact of the Brisbane pack, it’ll put untold pressure on Nikorima and Milford, who have proven previously (like in Round 1 against the Storm), that their game management leaves a lot to be desired.
If the Dragons can’t dominate up front though, then the Broncos have far too many attacking weapons. James Roberts and Jack Bird in the centres are key, while Darius Boyd playing strongly at the back is also of utmost importance for the hosts.
The Dragons have their backs to the wall and will be absolutely desperate for a win. There is too much talent in the spine to not click for a third straight week, and the addition of Korbin Sims in a fiery encounter could prove to be the difference.
Dragons by 6.
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