Broncos Still Bucking

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Ben Hunt has provided spark for the Broncos since being handed a starting spot. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 2, 2013 – Brisbane Broncos 22 d St George Illawarra Dragons 6 at WIN Stadium
Round 5, 2012 - Brisbane Broncos 28 d St George Illawarra Dragons 20 at Suncorp Stadium
2nd Semi Final, 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 13 d St George Illawarra Dragons 12 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 15, 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 21 d St George Illawarra Dragons 14 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 21, 2010 - Brisbane Broncos 10 d St George Illawarra Dragons 6 at Suncorp Stadium

Current Form

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Broncos

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L

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W

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Dragons

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The Broncos  can keep their faint finals hopes alive by beating the Dragons  at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon. After collecting just one victory between round 11 and 19, Brisbane has regained some form with a win over the Cowboys and a golden point draw against the Knights in Newcastle last Friday night. Although the club is 12th on the ladder, it is just two wins outside the eight and still has an outside chance of making the finals.

Front rower Ben Hannant returns to the Broncos starting side after making his comeback from injury off the bench against Newcastle and takes the place of Mitchell Dodds, who is out with a knee injury. Coach Anthony Griffin has beefed up his reserves by including Lami Tasi, Scott Anderson, Jarrod Wallace and Nick Slyney to his extended interchange bench.

Bronson Harrison was a late withdrawal for St George Illawarra last weekend with a knee injury but has be named to start in the second row for this fixture, with skipper Ben Creagh moved to prop to accommodate his return. The Dragons have lost five in a row against Brisbane and just five players remain from the squad that last tasted success against the Bronco in round five 2010.


1st Tryscorer

Despite the fact that he has been asked to fill a range of position in the backline throughout the season, Broncos back Josh Hoffman  has consistently managed to get across the tryline. Currently wearing the number one jersey, the 25 year-old has collected 14 tries from 19 appearances to be the club’s leading tryscorer in 2013.

Josh Dugan  has been a revelation since joining St George Illawarra, bagging six tries in just nine appearances. He scored a double against the Bulldogs on Monday night to instigate his side's comeback and will again feature prominently for the Dragons in attack.


Prediction

The end of the season can’t come soon enough for the Dragons, who have won just one match in the past eight rounds. Scoring points has been their problem this year, with the club scoring more than 22 points just once in the entire campaign, against the Sharks in round four. Brisbane has a strong record in this fixture and will be too good now they have regained some form. Brisbane Broncos by 16

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