Broncos vs Dragons: Brisbane Aim to Snap Five-Game Skid

Broncos vs Dragons: Brisbane Aim to Snap Five-Game Skid

The Brisbane Broncos aim to snap their five-game losing streak as they face the St. George Illawarra Dragons this Saturday, July 13 with captain Kotoni Staggs leading a reshaped lineup. Broncos vs Dragons kick off 7:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Recent performance shows promise

The Broncos demonstrated renewed defensive intensity in their recent 14-6 loss to the reigning premiers, Penrith Panthers. Despite falling short, Brisbane’s improved performance showed signs of a potential turnaround.

Reece Walsh delivered his best game of the year with a try and a goal in the first-half, while Payne Haas and Pat Carrigan provided tireless efforts in the middle.

Broncos vs Dragons

The Broncos welcome back several key players for the Round 19 clash. Kotoni Staggs returns to the starting side and will captain the team, providing much-needed experience and leadership. Jordan Riki also makes his comeback, strengthening the forward pack.

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These returns come at a critical time, as the Broncos will be without four State of Origin representatives: Pat Carrigan, Payne Haas, Selwyn Cobbo, and Reece Walsh.

Recent history favours the visitors, with the Dragons winning six of their last eight encounters against the Broncos. The Broncos’ recent home form has been likewise concerning, with only one win in their last five home games.

However, Kotoni Staggs’ return could provide a spark, given his impressive record of five tries in his last four matches against the Dragons. For the Dragons, the absence of Origin representative Ben Hunt is also a significant hurdle, as they’ve managed only one win in their last 11 games without their star halfback.

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This match carries substantial weight for both teams. The Broncos, having dropped from fifth to eleventh on the ladder since Round 11, are desperate to regain their early-season form. A win could reignite their finals ambitions and boost confidence ahead of the final seven games of the season.

Published 09-July-2024