Friday Night NRL

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Broncos skipper Sam Thaiday will return from a shoulder injury against the Rabbitohs. Image courtesy of www.foxsports.com.au.

Broncos v Rabbitohs

Broncos workhorse Corey Parker could return for the Broncos clash against the Rabbitohs at Suncorp on Friday night. The Queensland utility suffered a nasty leg gash in last Wednesday’s Origin loss however is considering wearing a custom-made shin guard to take his place against the high-flying Bunnies. Skipper Sam Thaiday has been named in the starting line-up returning from an injury that sidelined him from taking part in Origin two. Souths back rower David Taylor has copped a wrath of criticism following a quiet performance in Origin two and needs a huge game to secure a place in the decider on July 4th.

History – The Broncos have run rampant over Souths in recent years recording three wins from their past four games against the Bunnies. The Rabbitohs are struggling at Suncorp Stadium and have lost eight of their past nine on Broncos home soil. The two clubs have met 26 times with the broncos winning 20 and the Rabbitohs 5 with one drawn game. They met in round four this season with the Broncos recording a 20-12 come from behind win.

Dangermen – Broncos winger Gerard Beale is a noted try scorer and capable of latching on to a Peter Wallace kick or producing a long range effort. Look for the Broncos to go to the air early under clear conditions at Suncorp Stadium. Despite being injured for the better half of the season Rabbitohs winger Nathan Merrit is back in form. The speedy winger crossed the line first against Parramatta last weekend and has scored try doubles in his past three games at Suncorp.

Prediction – The Broncos are a completely different team at home and are capable of piling on points quickly. Expect the Rabbitohs to start strong yet fade late. Broncos 13+ .

Dragons v Titans

When will the pain end for St George? Dragons fans are praying it will be this weekend against the Titans . The Dragons have been the most disappointing team of the season losing five of their past six games. They opened the season as $11 chances with TattsBet yet have drifted out to a massive to win the title and currently sit in eleventh position on the premiership ladder. After a disappointing start to the season the Titans have turned their season around to win four of their past five games.

History – If history plays its part the Dragons should win on Friday night, it’s been an astonishing 23 years since a Gold Coast team last won in Wollongong. St George enjoy a great record against the Titans recording eight wins from their past ten clashes however the Dragons have struggled at Wollongong in recent seasons recording just three wins from their past eight games. The Titans recorded an emphatic 28-14 win in the corresponding game last season on the back of a dominant performance by Titans skipper Scott Prince.

Dangermen – Dragons centre Matt Cooper is beginning to regain his fitness after an ankle injury sidelined him for the majority of the season. Cooper scored a great try in last weekend’s loss against the bulldogs and is always a handful for opposition defence. Titans winger David Mead continues to find the line and leads the Titans try scorers list with six for the season.

Prediction – The Dragons have been woeful in recent weeks failing to find any rhythm in their attack and letting in soft tries. The Titans are full of confidence and should register a rare Wollongong win. Titans 1-12 . 

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