Peter Wallace has added responsibility in the absence of the Broncos Origin stars. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
The Broncos and Sharks clash at Suncorp Stadium with both teams severely depleted by State of Origin commitments. Brisbane will be without Ben Hannant, Petero Civoniceva, Justin Hodges, Corey Parker, Matt Gillett, Ben Teo and Sam Thaiday, who are in camp with the Maroons, but will take confidence into the match having come through the Origin period well, with three wins from their last four games.
The Sharks are missing inspirational skipper Paul Gallen and Todd Carney but have shown that they are still are force to be reckoned with even without their two trump cards. They beat the Titans 22-12 in their last match without them and remain in the top four on the NRL ladder.
– Brisbane has won twelve of the past fifteen matches against Cronulla, including the five most recent games between these sides. At Suncorp Stadium, the Sharks have won just once in eleven attempts and that was way back in 2004. In round 21 last season the Broncos won the corresponding match 46-16.
– Jack Reed has started to find his best form in the past couple of months and has scored the first try for the home side in three of their past seven matches. He has been one of Brisbane’s best during the Origin period.
Ben Pomeroy is having his best season yet for the Sharks having made seven line breaks and scored seven tries in 2012. He will be a real threat to the Broncos left edge, which has proven their weakness in defence this season.
– Despite being without so many of their first choice players, the Broncos should be too good. They boast an impressive record against the Sharks and should have too much firepower with the likes of Peter Wallace and Josh Hoffman in the ranks. Broncos 1-12
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