Dogs Return Home

Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Mark Evans
Ben Barba scored a double against the Broncos last season. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

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
Round 25, 2008 – Brisbane Broncos 36 d Canterbury Bulldogs 22 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

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Bulldogs

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Broncos

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The Bulldogs  will be without Krisnan Inu for their match against the Broncos  at ANZ Stadium on Friday night, with the Kiwi international copping his second suspension of the season against the Knights last weekend. 21 year-old Tim Lafai comes back into the centres alongside Josh Morris, having also filled in for Inu from rounds five to nine while he spent five weeks on the sidelines for a lifting tackle on Souths star Greg Inglis.

Already without Ben Hannant and Scott Prince, the Broncos will also be without Jack Reed and David Stagg at ANZ Stadium after the pair picked up injuries in the 32-6 win over the Titans in round 10. Justin Hodges returns after being a late withdrawal against the Gold Coast however, while Scott Anderson, Dunamis Lui and Denan Kemp are all added to an extended interchange bench.

1st Tryscorer

Last year’s Dally M medallist Ben Barba  has had much publicised off-field dramas that delayed his start to the campaign and have affected his output on the field in 2013. While he has gradually been getting back to his best, he has only scored two tries but will be confident of a big performance here having destroyed the Broncos with a match winning two-try display in the corresponding fixture last season.

Broncos winger Lachlan Maranta  was only a late inclusion for Brisbane against the Titans last week but made an immediate impression on his return to the top grade, sealing victory with his second half try. With Jack Reed sidelined with a fractured eye socket Maranta will want to make the most of his second chance in the NRL.

Prediction

Just when it looked like the Bulldogs were returning to their best form, they were blown away by the Knights in Newcastle, losing by 36 points to Wayne Bennett’s men. With the Broncos missing several key men through injury, they won’t be met with such a daunting challenge this week and can build on their impressive record of having won 12 of their past 15 matches at ANZ Stadium. Canterbury Bulldogs by 10

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