We take a look at Saturday’s (13/07/2019) NRL 2019 Week 17 match is between Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors. The New Zealand Warriors go into the match as the short priced favourites in betting and have been heavily backed.
When: Saturday July 13, 5:35pm
Where: Suncorp Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
A gutsy win on the road with a young and inexperienced side might be the fire starter the Broncos needed as the 14th placed side seeks back to back wins as they host the Warriors on Saturday night. A 24-22 win against Cronulla came after they trailed 22-12 and suffered a three try to nil start to the second half. They battled back bravely though and Jake Turpin’s late try proved the difference.
It was also a winning round 16 for the Warriors who overcame plenty of adversity and refereeing controversy to record a narrow four point win against Newcastle.
The Broncos have a number of changes this week with Anthony Milford named at full back and Origin reps Corey Oates, David Fifita and Joe Ofahengaue all named to start. Issac Luke starts at hooker for the Warriors, with Chanel Harris-Tevita a fresh face on the bench for the Kiwi side.
Both teams are locked on 14 points, with a win crucial to their finals chances. In a dour round 11 meeting in Auckland, the Broncos got the win 8-2 with Anthony Milford’s try the difference. The Wolf doesn’t sense it will be as low scoring on Saturday night, with the Broncos recent leaky defence and the Warriors well documented lapses. The Wolf is taking the points and hoping for the best in this battle of the unpredictables.
- Kodi Nikorima has now played the same amount of games this year for both the Broncos and Warriors with seven. He has scored two tries for both sides, but his win rate has doubled with his time at the Warriors with four wins to his two at the Broncos.
- Darius Boyd has played the Warriors 16 times (Broncos, Dragons, Knights) for 10 wins and has scored 3 tries against them.
- The Broncos big men are paving the way going forward. They are leading the competition in tackle breaks with 30.3 per game.
Tip: New Zealand Warriors at $2.20
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Anthony Milford at $13
Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Xavier Coates 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai 13. Thomas Flegler 14. James Segeyaro 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. David Fifita 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Keenan Palasia 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Cory Paix 21. Jamayne Isaako 22. Izaia Perese
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C), 2 David Fusitu’a, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Gerard Beale, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Kodi Nikorima, 7 Blake Green, 8 Agnastius Paasi, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Leeson Ah Mau, 11 Adam Blair, 12 Isaiah Papali’i, 13 Jazz Tevaga, Interchange: 14 Lachlan Burr, 15 Sam Lisone, 16 Bunty Afoa, 17 Chanel Harris-Tavita, 18 Hayze Perham, 20 Blake Ayshford, 21 Ligi Sao, 23 Leivaha Pulu
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change