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The Canterbury Bulldogs have finished their NRL season on a high, defeating the finals-bound Brisbane Broncos by 16 points.
Canterbury Bulldogs 30
Brisbane Broncos 14
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will look to end their season on a high when they take on the Brisbane Broncos this Saturday evening at ANZ Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 5:30pm AEST.
The Bulldogs’ long run to the finals came to an end last weekend, edged out 15-8 by the Cowboys in their farewell to 1300SMILES Stadium. In reality, it was always a long shot but their winning streak will provide their fans with plenty of hope for next year.
One of the reasons for their better form is a relatively injury-free run for Kieran Foran. Foran is approaching his best form and providing more space for Jeremy Marshall-King and Lachlan Lewis to create their own opportunities. The Bulldogs also look a better team whenever Adam Elliott is on the field.
In a big out for the Bulldogs, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is out through injury, with Will Hopoate moving to fullback. Kerrod Holland is also out with injury, so Reimis Smith and debutant Morgan Harper will form the new centre pairing.
The Broncos all but locked in a spot in the semi-finals last round, with a one-point win over the Parramatta Eels. To miss out, they would need to lose to the Bulldogs, with the Sharks and Tigers then battling away for a draw. Stranger things have happened, so the Broncos will be very keen to make absolutely sure of it.
The Broncos were good against the Eels. David Fifita and Payne Haas were again massive for Brisbane, but Anthony Seibold would have been more impressed with the return to form of Anthony Milford and Darius Boyd.
Jake Turpin returns at half back after a two week suspension, pushing Sean O’Sullivan out of the 17. Gehamat Shibasaki has also been relegated to the reserves, with Izaia Perese named on the bench.
The Broncos were sharp in their victory against the Eels last weekend.
With their place in the 8 not 100 per cent assured, I think they will have a little too much firepower for the Bulldogs.
Broncos by 8
When: 5:30pm AEST
Where: ANZ Stadium
TV: Fox League
Online: NRL Live, Foxtel app or Foxtel now
Betting: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: $2.45; Brisbane Broncos: $1.53
1. Will Hopoate 2. Nick Meaney 3. Morgan Harper 4. Reimis Smith 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Adam Elliott
Interchange: 14. Jack Cogger 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Chris Smith
1. Anthony Milford 5. Jamayne Isaako 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 2. Corey Oates 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Patty Carrigan
Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Izaia Perese 17. Rhys Kennedy