Broncos Eager To Sign Off In Style

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Scott Prince is set to retire at the end of the season. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 11, 2013 – Canterbury Bulldogs 24 d Brisbane Broncos 14 at ANZ Stadium
Round 23, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 22 d Brisbane Broncos 14 at ANZ Stadium
Round 8, 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 20 d Canterbury Bulldogs 12 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 7, 2010 - Canterbury Bulldogs 36 d Brisbane Broncos 18 at ANZ Stadium
Round 14, 2009 - Canterbury Bulldogs 44 d Brisbane Broncos 22 at Suncorp Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23    Rd 24    Rd 25 
Broncos

D

W

W

L

L

Bulldogs

W

L

W

L

W


The Broncos  will be looking to end the worst season in the clubs history with a win, when they tackle the Bulldogs  at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night. Brisbane has won just nine matches during the current campaign and has failed to make the finals for just the second time in 21 years, leaving fans bitterly disappointed with how things have panned out in 2013.

Despite suffering a 26-18 defeat to the Knights here in round 25, coach Anthony Griffin has named an unchanged side for the Broncos, with Scott Anderson added to the squad as 18th man. After announcing that he will retire at the end of the season Scott Prince will play his 300th and final NRL match at Suncorp Stadium, while Peter Wallace will also pull on a Brisbane jumper for the final time after re-joining for the Panthers for next year and beyond.

Front rower Sam Kasiano has been named for the first time since round 22 after overcoming a knee injury, with Lachlan Burr set to travel with the squad as 18th man. Ben Barba has signed a three-year deal for Brisbane starting next year but won’t feature as he continues to battle an ankle injury.


1st Tryscorer

England international Jack Reed  has become a fixture in the Broncos backline over the past few years but 2013 has not been one of his better seasons. He has scored just six tries from 20 appearances during the current campaign and will want to finish the season strongly after disappointing matches against the Panthers and Knights in the past fortnight.

Sam Perrett  is the Bulldogs leading tryscorer this season, with 17 tries from 23 outings and is finishing the season in a rich vein of form. Although he failed to get across the line against Penrith last weekend, he has nine tries from his past seven matches, including two hat-tricks.


Prediction

Brisbane has won just two of the past eight meetings between these clubs and went down 24-14 when the clubs met at ANZ Stadium in round 11. While they go into this match with nothing to play for and coming off the back of two straight defeats, the Bulldogs have won five of their past seven and will be eager to maintain their momentum going into the finals. Canterbury Bulldogs by 12

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