Corey Norman has had a solid start to the season. Image courtesy of: heraldsun.com.au
Broncos v Dragons
The St George Illawarra Dragons return to Suncorp Stadium six months after a Darren Lockyer golden point field goal derailed their 2011 season. Lockyer will be watching from the stands this time around and new boy Corey Norman will hope to continue his impressive start to the season with a solid performance for the Broncos .
Dale Copley replaces the injured Jharal Yow Yeh and hard running utility Matt Gillett earns a spot in the Broncos starting line-up. The Dragons welcome back Beau Scott who shifts to left centre to try and contain Justin Hodges and Gerard Beale.
– The Broncos have registered six wins from the past seven encounters between the two sides and haven’t lost to the Dragons at home since round 4, 2009 although the last three Broncos victories have been decided by a total of twelve points.
– Despite still failing to cross the line this season, Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman has been in scintillating form. The speedy fullback broke the line twice last week and registered a game high nine tackle breaks. Brett Morris is looking more like a fullback with every game and has been by far the Dragons best player this season.
– The Broncos will come out firing in front of a massive home crowd and should be too strong for the Dragons. Broncos 1-12 .
Melbourne v Newcastle
Melbourne head into their round five clash with Newcastle as the only unbeaten to team so far this season. The Storm are yet to be tested winning their last three games by 13+. The Knights are two from four and will hope to string together back-to-back victories for the first time since round 21 last season.
– Like the majority of their opponents, Melbourne has dominated Newcastle over recent years winning eight of their past ten games. The Storm knocked Newcastle out in week one of last year’s finals which will still be fresh in the Knight’s minds.
– Who else? Billy Slater . Arguably the best player in the game has started 2012 with four consecutive double and has scored 13 tries from 17 games against the Knights. Newcastle’s Timana Tahu has scored an impressive 14 tries from as many games against the Storm and will hope to cement his spot in the starting side after returning from injury.
– What a cracker! It’s the ‘old’ master coach vs. the ‘new’ master coach. Bellamy and Bennet know each other inside out and this is sure to be a tough encounter. With the likes of Smith, Cronk and Slater in their team it’s hard to go past Melbourne. Storm 1-12 .
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