Round 6 Preview: Warriors v Broncos


New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos

Mt Smart Stadium

April 14th 2018

3:00pm AEST 5:00pm NZST

Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2 David Fusitua, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Bunty Afoa, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 11 Leivaha Pulu, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair

Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga, 15 Sam Lisone, 16 Simon Mannering, 17 Anthony Gelling

Reserves: 18 Mason Lino, 20 Chris Satae, 21 Isaiah Papali'I, 22 Sam Cook

Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Jack Bird, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Tevita Pangai jnr, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Matt Gillett, 13 Josh McGuire

Interchange: 14 Sam Thaiday, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 16 Korbin Sims, 17 Jaydn Su'A

Reserves: 18 Tom Opacic, 19 Troy Dargan, 20 Sam Tagataese, 21 Payne Haas

Saturday rugby league begins with the Warriors aiming to go 6-0 for the first time in the clubs history, this will also be the first time since 2002 the club has won 6 in a row. They come up against a Brisbane Broncos side that seems to be struggling.

Will the Broncos be able to bounce back when they travel over the ditch or will the side that many had fighting for the spoon at seasons start still be sitting atop the ladder after 6 rounds?

Key match ups:
Johnson and Green vs Milford and Nikorima/Bird:
Johnson and Green are arguably the best halves combination on current form in the NRL, everyone knew what Johnson could do but this signing of Green seems to be bringing out the best in SJ. Green is probably playing career best football right now, which is resulted in his name being brought up for origin.

As for the Broncos pairing, they seem to be nothing compared to the players that lead the Broncos on a winning run during the middle of the season whilst Ben Hunt was out. Talk is Nikorima may be out injured and Bird's name has been mentioned as a potential replacement. For the sake of the Broncos I hope this doesn't happen because it will only add more pressure to Milford who is already struggling.

The Warriors Right edge vs the Broncos Left:
Harris, Hiku and Fusitu'a have been destroying sides at will over the first 5 rounds with the 3 scoring 9 tries between them. With the Broncos finding it difficult to cross the line thus far this season these three men will need to be stopped.
A plus side for the Broncos is the fact they do have some big bodies on that left edge in Oates, Bird and the return of Glenn. If these three can stop that worry is edge they will go a long way in owning their side the Victory.

Isaac Luke vs Andrew McCullough:
The individual battle between these two on Saturday afternoon maybe the best match up of all. Both players love to get down and dirty in defence and aren't afraid to take the lion on with ball in hand.

Good chance that the individual that has the better game out of these two will go a long way in insuring their side gets the two points at the end of the match.

The Broncos don't stand a chance as the Warriors will run rampant on Saturday afternoon as they go 6 from 6. Warriors 13 plus.



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