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

Josh McGuire plays his prefered position of lock, with Joe Ofahengaue back to the bench alongside David Fifita, who is replaced by the returning Alex Glenn. The Broncos have welcomed back Andrew McCullough for the finals after he missed last week with a nasty concussion. The man out of the side is Kontoni Staggs. It means Jake Turpin has been excluded entirely.

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.

Pre-season[edit]

There are questions marks over both starting back rowers Tevita Pangai and Alex Glenn who both failed to train on Tuesday, both players are expected to play but Kontoni Staggs and Sam Tagatese are on standby. Brisbane have named hooker Andrew McCullough to start after missing last week as he recovered from the infamous Dylan Napa hit, all reports are he is right to go and has fully recovered.

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.

In stark contrast to their opponents this week, St George-Illawarra are in a form slump and seem to be a shadow of the side that was tearing through their competition in the early parts of the season. But its a new competition starting this week so maybe the smell of finals football will help the Dragons find their fire once again. Despite beating Newcastle on the weekend the Dragons are still searching for that formula that had them running like a well oiled machine during the early rounds, their attack seems void of ideas and their forwards have lost their bite.

Round 1[edit]

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.

In saying this I expect Brisbane to have too much fire power and running in their legs for St. George and in turn I expect Brisbane to come home strong and win. Despite their poor form of late I expect the Dragons to come firing and put in a much improved performance, knowing that a loss will end their season theyll leave nothing out on the field and go for broke.

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.

The game is best remembered by Hunt streaking away for a try after he took an intercept off a Matt Lodge pass, the former Broncos number seven started the season on fire much like the rest of his team mates as the Dragons set the early rounds alight. We have to go back to the opening game of the season for when these sides last clashed and it was the Dragons led by former Bronco Bent Hunt who got the spoils on that occasion.

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.

Lock Jack De Belin has been named despite sporting a moonboot on an injured ankle or foot on Tuesday. Dragons: The Dragons will start the match 1-17, with Jason Nightingale and Hame Sele dropped from the squad an hour before the game time. Captain Gareth Widdop (elbow) returns at five-eighth, bumping Kurt Mann to the bench and Jai Field out of the squad, in the only listed change from last week.

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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.

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.