Broncos Out To Buck The Trend

Source: Peter Wallis/dailytelegraph.com.au
Ben Hannant returns for the Broncos this week. Source: Peter Wallis/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 17, 2012 – Cronulla Sharks 26 d Brisbane Broncos 12 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 21, 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 46 d Cronulla Sharks 16 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 13, 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 34 d Cronulla Sharks 16 at Sharks Stadium
Round 12, 2010 – Brisbane Broncos 20 d Cronulla Sharks 4 at Sharks Stadium
Round 6, 2010 – Brisbane Broncos 44 d Cronulla 16 at Suncorp Stadium

Current Form

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Broncos

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Sharks

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The Broncos  have made a host of changes for their match against the Sharks  at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night with Origin stars Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker all in camp with the Maroons in the leadup to game three on Wednesday. Jordan Kahu, Ben Hannant and David Stagg all come back into the starting XIII after recovering from injury, while Mitchell Dodds moves off the bench to lock. Corey Oates, who made his debut off the bench in the clubs 32-0 defeat to the Storm last week replaces injured centre Jack Reed, who has been ruled out for at least a month after injuring his shoulder in Melbourne. Former Rooster Lama Tasi could debut for the club after being named on a seven-man interchange bench that also includes Dunamis Lui, Jarrad Wallace, Nick Slyney and Scott Anderson.

The Sharks will also be without some of their best players on Friday night with Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis and Andrew Fifita all in camp with the Blues. Any injury to backrower Anthony Tupou means that he is also unavailable, while fullback Michael Gordon could finally make his long awaited return after being a late withdrawal in each of the past three weeks despite being named to play. Mark Taufua, Ben Ross and Ben Pomeroy have been added to the squad that beat Wests Tigers 36-22 in round 17.

1st Tryscorer

Lachlan Maranta  spent a few weeks out of the Broncos first grade side but has returned a much better player since being recalled by coach Anthony Griffin. The 21 year-old got himself plenty of ball against the Storm last week and will be confident of adding to the three tries he has bagged in his past five outings.

Nathan Stapleton  hasn’t had many opportunities in 2013 but has made the most of them whenever they have come along. Despite playing just six NRL matches during the current campaign the winger has bagged four tries and was on the scoresheet against the Tigers in round 17.

Prediction

2013 marks the Broncos 25th year in the NRL (or its previous guises) but there has been little to celebrate for the club, which is languishing towards the bottom of the ladder and will find itself in 14th spot with a loss this weekend. Two wins from its past nine outings shows just how tough things have been for Brisbane of late and with a host of stars missing from this match, they will have their work cut out getting their sixth win from seven matches against the Sharks. Even without their rep players, the Sharks will still field a strong team and led by Todd Carney, should have too much firepower for the struggling Broncos. Cronulla Sharks by 8

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