Friday’s (07/08/2015) second NRL 2015 Round 22 match is between Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:45 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 Canterbury Bulldogs.
When: 19:45 | Friday 07/08/2015
Where: Suncorp Stadium
Tip: Brisbane Broncos at $1.47
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Corey Oates at $9.00
1. Darius Boyd 2. Lachlan Maranta 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges (c) 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Sam Thaiday 9. Andrew Mccullough 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker. Interchange: 14. Joe Ofahengaue 15. Mitchell Doods 16. Corey Oates 17. Kodi Nikorima 18 Daley Copley.
Brett Morris 2. Curtis Rona 3. Josh Morris, 4. Tim Lafai 5. Sam Perrett 6. Moses Mbye 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Micahel LIchaa 10. James Graham (c) 11. Josh Jackson 12. Frank Pritchard 13. Greg Eastwood. Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Shaun Lane 16. David Klemmer 17. Tim Browne 19. Lloyd Perrett 20. Corey Thompson 22. Danny Fualalo.
NRL ladder-leaders Brisbane face a test of their forward depth after form prop Adam Blair copped a two-match ban.
Blair ironed out young Gold Coast playmaker Kane Elgey with a late shoulder charge in the during Brisbane’s win over the Titans last Friday and entered an early guilty plea on Tuesday which puts him out of the next two clashes, with Manly (away) and Canterbury (home).
Blair found some of his best form in recent weeks and his suspension is a blow to a forward pack already missing injured Josh Maguire.
“Defensively he (Blair) is everywhere in the middle and he really has been the key to locking that down for us this year,” said halfback Ben Hunt.
“Losing him for a couple of weeks is going to be a bit of a challenge for one of those younger blokes that will come in.”
It’s anticipated Jarrod Wallace will start in Blair’s absence with teenage forward Joe Ofahengaue likely to come into the squad on the bench.
Hunt believed Wallace would embrace the extra responsibility.
“I think the last three or four weeks (Wallace) has been in great form and playing some great footy,” he said.
Broncos fullback Darius Boyd welcomed Ofahengaue’s return to first grade, the highly-rated 19-year-old having played five NRL games already this year.
“I remember coming into pre-season he was very fit and works hard,” Boyd said.
“He’s a good young kid.
“(Blair) has been a key player for us this year in the forward pack and he dominates the ruck.
“He’s a leader, he talks a lot.
“We’ll miss him but Joffa (Ofahenagaue) gets his chance and I’m sure he’ll do well.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change