Brisbane Broncos Women (@1.62) vs St George Women (@2.38)
06-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Brisbane Broncos Women will win

Brisbane Broncos Women – St George Women Match Prediction | 06-10-2019 01:05

Facing up against the experience of Brisbane Broncos Darius Boyd in the first round will raise an early challenge for the 22-year-old.For Dufty, this head-to-head contest between youth and experience will determine how he compares to one of the best in the game. Dragons fullback Matthew Dufty has shown promising potential and has gathered plenty of hype coming into the season.

Thats more drama that Brisbane didnt need and now we see Jake Turpin starting at hooker to cover Macca as well as some reshuffling to their forwards as well as Anthony Seibold tries to find out what he needs to do to get away from the bottom four. Big news out of Brisbane this week with Andrew McCullough going down with a suspected MCL injury and James Roberts out of the team as well.

St George-Illawarra welcome back captain and five-eighth Gareth Widdop to their starting lineup after he missed the previous three matches.Widdops inclusion is a massive boost to the joint venture club as he will bring the confidence and swagger theyve been missing in his absence, whilst also providing support to the struggling Ben Hunt. Jack de Belin is the big worry for the Dragons with pictures of him on crutches and a moon boot surfacing on Tuesday, the clubs believe he will be fine to play, most likely needing a needle to ease the pain.

Instead, Milford and Nikorima need to back their forward pack, with players like Sam Thaiday, Matt Lodge and the youngster Tevita Pangai Junior to do the job, get it done up the middle and keep them on the attack. From there, its about winning the territory battle and controlling the game through a use of repeat sets and pressure.

Teams[edit]

Haas spent the first part of this season suspended but since hes been back in the team he is showing us that the hype is real. Martin Taupau has been his usual self so far with running over people, busting tackles and throwing offloads. By all reports he is up there with the fittest players at the club and Seibold even has the option of playing him for the full 80 minutes, which is incredible for a front rower. Hugely talented and possessing similar barnstorming skills as Taupau, perhaps the most impressive part of this young guy is his massive motor. He comes up this week against another beast in Payne Haas.

For the Dragons to win: Gareth Widdop needs to play with the flair and freedom which had Paul McGregor's men flying high only eight weeks ago. If he is rusty and fails to gel with Hunt then it could be curtains. Widdop is the heartbeat of the side and if his running game and kicking are on song then the Dragons can fire a warning shot across the bow of the other finalists.

Many experts believe Brisbane are the form team in the competition and could be a serious premiership threat. After disappointing losses to the Bulldogs and Cowboys, Brisbane rebounded to beat competition favourites the Rabbitohs and Roosters before hammering Manly in their final game. The Broncos are in irresistible form going into the finals with super coach Wayne Bennetts future uncertain. The seven time premiership winner has been able to use all the negative press surrounding the club to galvanise the playing group.

When McCullough went down injured last year, I wrote the Broncos wouldnt win the premiership from that moment forward. Most shared my view of things, and while he hasnt been quite as dominant this year, he has still been very good, especially in the last month or so, coming good with consistency alongside the rest of the Broncos side.

Mann will instead play from the bench in number 16. Tariq Sims gets the nod in the back-row after both he and Luciano Leilua were battling for the vacant spot during the pre-season.After Kurt Mann was considered as an outside chance to play in the centres, it is team-mate Euan Aitken who has been given the green light to start for the Dragons.

Grand Final[edit]

Ben Hunt has been the man under the microscope at the Dragons and his showdown with Kodi Nikorima will be critical. Key match-up: The forward battle will be immense as the big men look to lay a platform for the playmakers. Nikorima is growing in confidence every week whereas Hunt's confidence has been eaten away during the past six weeks.

They are down on key troops but still stringing wins together and coming off a good home victory against the Bulldogs. Many of us (myself included) wrote Manly off for this season after seeing their roster, however they have are firmly in the top eight a third of the way through the season with five wins from eight with wins over heavyweights Souths and Canberra.

Gareth Widdops back, but the Dragons need their forwards to fire for it to matterGareth Widdops return is the factor most Dragons fans will be pointing to saying they have a chance. Thats not strictly true, because they need improvement all across the park, but it is true Widdop has had a damn good season in the Red V.

But again like his team mates Hunts form has slumped and he seems void of confidence and ideas, which has fans and critics alike questioning his ability to handle the pressure situations. Hunt couldnt ask for a better opportunity to prove his critics wrong up against his old side, in front of his old fans in an elimination finals match. The stage is set for Hunt to either buckle under the pressure or rise to occasion and prove the doubters wrong.