There have been some absolutely belting matches of soccer between the leading teams in the NRL in recent weeks.
The Raiders’ win over the Roosters last week, Melbourne’s lucky escape from Canberra the week earlier, a one-point win for Parramatta from the Raiders late last month, plus the Roosters’ tight win over the Eels and Penrith’s seven-point victory over the Storm back in around six — all of them bangers.
But That’s at the top. At the same span we’ve seen teams such as the Warriors, Broncos, Titans and Bulldogs fumble their way through 80 minutes of soccer each week, looking as though they’re almost playing another sport than their opposition.
And this weekend ends of this spectrum are Colliding in what should be the equal of a road train hitting a cane toad at 110kph.
Round 11’s Friday night Blockbuster pits the Melbourne Storm against the Brisbane Broncos, until the Roosters aim to dismantle the depleted and demoralised Warriors on Saturday.
Then there is Sunday’s Showdowns between the fourth-placed Knights along with the Bulldogs, still at the base of the ladder with just one win, prior to the second-placed Penrith Panthers meet second-last Gold Coast.
For those of you playing along at home (hopefully most of you, particularly people in Melbourne), that’s four of the top five teams playing from the four worst squads in the league.
THE TEAM NEWS
Starting 13: Milford, Farnworth, Staggs, Boyd, Coates, Croft, Dearden, Flegler, Paix, Haas, Ofahengaue, Pangai Jnr., Carrigan — Interchanges: Gamble, Kennedy, Hopoate, Te’o — Reserves: Kennar, Bullemor
(Injured), Sean O’Sullivan (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), David Fifita (Injured), Jake Turpin (Injured), Matt Lodge (Injured), Jesse Arthars (Injured), Alex Glenn (Injured), Corey Oates (Injured), Tesi Niu (Injured), Issac Luke (Suspended)
Brisbane Broncos suffered another humiliating loss after they were nilled for the next time in their past 11 matches, since they were at the end of a huge loss against Wests Tigers last week and time is rapidly running out to rescue their season.
The Broncos were once more bullied through the center in their 48-0 loss since they managed only 1,185 metres which dropped their average for the year to 1,455, the second-lowest total from the NRL and is an area they need to make massive improvements.
Under stress head trainer Anthony Seibold has made big changes to his side this week using gun halfback Tom Dearden given a chance to shine with Anthony Milford shifting to fullback while Kotoni Staggs and Herbie Farnworth return from injury and Tyson Gamble and Rhys Kennedy is the other inclusions.
Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Momirovski, Lee, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, B. Smith, C. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane — Interchanges: Seve, Faasuamaleaui, Vete, Asofa-Solomona — Reserves: Vunivalu, Schonig
Melbourne Storm made a dominant display since they ran in seven tries to conquer Gold Coast Titans last week and also make it four victories in a row with the Storm currently sitting just one point off the top of the NRL ladder.
The Storm rolled up the field since they made an average of 43.1 metres per set and in limiting the Titans to just 26.8mthey were just too great when they worked their way in to Gold Coast’s 20m zone at the 42-6 victory.
Following such a strong showing, Storm head coach Craig Bellamy has seen no reason to modify his side this week as they go in search of an eighth straight success against Brisbane Broncos, even though Suliasi Vunivalu might be a late addition after he had been named amongst the reservations.
When is Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Friday 24th July, 2020 – 10:55 (UK)
Where is Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
What is the expected weather for Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm? 16c, showers
What channel is Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here
Where can I stream Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL
Brisbane Broncos put in a different awkward screen as they Capitulated against Wests Tigers a week and they face the Daunting prospect of facing Melbourne Storm. The Broncos start Round 11 Having surrendered more things than any other side in the NRL with 291 and That’s an alarming figure the Storm will believe they can greatly add to. Melbourne scored seven tries last week and will look to make Another strong screen against a side that they have defeated in 17 of their last 19 meetings. The Broncos will expect Huge changes to their negative Can yield a better display this week but all indications point to another large Storm victory and they need to be able to win by 18 points.
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