Broncos Face Former Mentor

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Matt Gillett has been one of the Broncos best this year. Source: Getty Images/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 13, 2012 – Brisbane Broncos 50 d Newcastle Knights 24 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 3, 2012 - Brisbane Broncos 24 d Newcastle Knights 10 at Hunter Stadium
Round 24, 2011 - Brisbane Broncos 26 d Newcastle Knights 6 at Hunter Stadium
Round 5, 2011 - Brisbane Broncos 17 d Newcastle Knights 6 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 24, 2010 – Newcastle Knights 44 d Brisbane Broncos 18 at Hunter Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23    Rd 24 
Broncos

W

-

W

W

L

Knights

L

D

W

L

L


The Broncos  welcome vice-captain Alex Glenn back for their clash with the Knights  on Friday night, with the Kiwi international returning from five weeks on the sidelines with a broken thumb. Although he has played predominantly in the backrow, a season ending injury to Justin Hodges means that he will play in the centres with David Stagg dropping back on to the bench in place of 18th man Scott Anderson. Although Brisbane dropped to 13th with last week’s defeat to Penrith, they can move level with the seventh placed Knights on 25 competition points with victory at Suncorp Stadium.

Newcastle have been dealt a big blow ahead of this clash, with Kade Snowden unavailable through suspension after copping a seven week ban for his shoulder charge on Cowboys rake Ray Thompson which led to him being sent off. Willie Mason returns from injury to take his place in the front row for the Knights in the only change to the side that suffered a 26-6 defeat in North Queensland.


1st Tryscorer

18 year-old Corey Oates  was named as a backrower in the Holden Cup team of the year this week but has made a huge impression on the wing for the Broncos in the top grade. He has five tries from just seven NRL appearances and touched down for both of Brisbane’s tries last weekend.

Newcastle winger James McManus  was the leading tryscorer in the NRL for a long time this season but he has struggled to get across the line in recent weeks. Despite having 17 tries from 21 matches, the Origin representative has just one four pointer from his last five outings and hasn’t scored since getting across the line against the Roosters in round 20.


Prediction

Both of these sides are coming off disappointing results last weekend but still hold hopes of making the playoffs and it is the Broncos that will be most desperate to collect two competition points. Following the 18-all draw that the clubs played out at Hunter Stadium four weeks ago, Brisbane has gone five matches against the Knights without defeat and can get another one over their former mentor, who is two from 10 against the Broncos since leaving the club in 2009. Brisbane Broncos by 6

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