Sport Broncos v Tigers Rd 14

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Corey Parker has been one of the Broncos best this season. Picture: Brett Crockford/AAP
Last 5 Meetings

Round 7, 2013 – Brisbane Broncos 20 d Wests Tigers 10 at Campbelltown
Round 6, 2012 – Brisbane Broncos 18 d Wests Tigers 14 at Allianz Stadium
Round 7, 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 31 d Wests Tigers 18 at Allianz Stadium
Round 17, 2010 – Wests Tigers 16 d Brisbane Broncos 14 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 11, 2009 – Brisbane Broncos 20 d Wests Tigers 18 at Campbelltown

Current Form

  Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12    Rd 13 
Broncos

L

W

L

L

L

Tigers

L

L

W

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W


Ben Hannant could be a shock inclusion for the Broncos  crucial round 14 match against the Tigers  at Suncorp Stadium on Monday night despite not being named in the squad by coach Anthony Griffin. The representative forward hasn’t played since picking up a calf injury in round nine but has trained well in the past week and needs to get back on the field to have any chance of pressing his case for State of Origin game two selection. Dunamis Lui has been added to the 17 man squad that suffered a 30-18 defeat to the Raiders last Monday, with injury-plagued centre Justin Hodges backing up after being a late inclusion against Canberra.

While the Broncos have lost three in a row, the Tigers are bidding for their third straight win following victories over the Panthers and Cowboys in their past two outings. Blake Ayshford return in the backline at the expense of injured winger Marika Koroibete, who joins a casualty ward already containing injured stars Robbie Farah, Keith Galloway and Liam Fulton amongst others.

1st Tryscorer

Josh Hoffman  has scored twice as many tries as any other Brisbane player this season with 10 in 13 matches. Prior to last week’s match against the Raiders he had scored in three consecutive matches and will be determined to get on the scoresheet again to help his team out of its slump.

Tim Simona  scored what proved to be the match winning try for the Tigers against Penrith last weekend and the four pointer was also his first from five appearances in the top grade this season. That performance was easily his best of 2013 and he will look to build on it against a Broncos defence that has conceded 86 points in the past fortnight.

Prediction

This match presesnts a real conundrum for punters this week, with the Broncos having lost three games in a row and the Tigers coming off the back of two straight wins. As bad as the Broncos are going, they must surely be too good for Wests, who and won just once in the past eight meetings between the sides and have lost nine of their past ten away from home. Brisbane Broncos by 6

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