Friday’s only NRL Round 12 match is between Brisbane Broncos and Wests Tigers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:50 local time with the game to be played at Suncorp Stadium. The home team Brisbane Broncos are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Brisbane Broncos and Wests Tigers.
When: 17:50 | Friday 27/05/2016
Where: Suncorp Stadium
Tip: Brisbane Broncos at $1.25
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: James Roberts at $11.00
Broncos: 1 Jordan Kahu, 2 Gregory Eden, 3 Jack Reed, 4 James Roberts, 5 Lachlan Maranta, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Ben Hunt, 8 Joseph Ofahengaue, 9 Hooker Andrew McCullough, 10 Adam Blair, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Jaydn Sua, 13 Jarrod Wallace. Interchange: 14 Jai Arrow, 15 Herman Ese’ese, 16 Tevita Pangai, 17 Kodi Nikorima.
Tigers: 1 Jordan Rankin 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Tim Simona 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Josh Addo-Carr 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Tim Grant 9 Dene Halatau 10 Avagalu Seumanufagai 11 Joshua Aloiai 12 Christopher Lawrence 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Sauaso Jesse Sue 15 Matthew Ballin 16 Kyle Lovett 17 Jacob Junior Felise 18 Michael Chee Kam.
Brisbane and North Queensland have been forced into a combined 11 changes for their NRL matches this round due to heavy State of Origin representation.
The Broncos, who have six stars away in Queensland camp, have named two debutants in Jaydn S’ua and Tevita Pangai Junior for Friday’s match against the Wests Tigers, while the Cowboys will blood one.
Highly-rated fullback Jahrome Hughes will make play his first NRL game as a replacement for Maroons utility Michael Morgan, one of five regulars away on Origin duty, against St George Illawarra.
New Zealand-born five-eighth Hughes, who has been linked with a move to the Dragons at the end of the season, will face off against another off-contract Kiwi player in veteran Benji Marshall.
The Dragons No.7 has yet to decide his future as he battles a hamstring problem but will seek to improve his chances of earning a new contract against the Cowboys.
Jason Nightingale has been named at fullback in place of NSW centre Josh Dugan, while Joel Thompson (suspension) and Kurt Mann have been added to the team.
Joining Hughes for the Cowboys are youngsters Coen Hess and Javid Bowen, while the returning Ray Thompson comes in at halfback for Johnathan Thurston.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett will have his club’s depth strongly tested with Greg Eden, Herman Ese-ese, Jai Arrow and Lachlan Maranta joining S’ua and Pangai Junior for the Baby Broncos.
Sorely-missed Canberra pair Shaun Fensom (shoulder) and Iosia Soliola (arm) are set to make their returns from injuries in Sunday’s fixture against Canterbury.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler went with Adam Elliot and Danny Fualalo for Blues duo David Klemmer and Josh Jackson.
Injuries have required Newcastle coach Nathan Brown to rejig his rebuilding outfit, calling on Jaelyn Feeney to deputise for another injured rookie in Brock Lamb (ankle).
Cory Dennis, David Bhana, Pat Mata’utia and Sam Mataora are other new faces from the one that lost to West Tigers last week.
Jake Mamo starts at fullback for Dane Gagai.
“Even though he’s only been back a week, he played a bit of fullback last year and he’d probably be the logical for us at the minute,” Brown told reporters on Tuesday.
“Jake’s a young player. He’s played limited NRL, but the one thing you get from Jake is commitment and effort, which is what we need. We need a lot of that.”
The Knights take on a Parramatta side missing Michael Jennings, replaced by Vai Toutai.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change