Tigers v Broncos: Elijah out, Opacic in centres
Author NRL.com Timestamp Tue 20 Mar 2018, 12:46 PM
After getting their season back on track with a victory against North Queensland, the Brisbane Broncos will take on the Wests Tigers in what proves to be an entertaining round three clash.
The Broncos found their attacking mojo last week but will need it to get past a Tigers side that has showed tremendous defensive focus in the past two weeks to hold the highly-rated Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm to a single try each.
The hosts are still finding their own identity given the mass overhaul their roster underwent prior to the season but couldn’t have wished for a better start to the year than two surprise wins.
They will want to avoid a repeat of the last clash between the two sides; one that ended 36-0 in favour of the Broncos.
Wests Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Benji Marshall , 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer, 9 Pita Godinet, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange: 14 Matt McIlwrick 15 Alex Twal, 16 Michael Chee Kam, 17 Josh Aloiai
Reserves: 18 Tyson Gamble, 19 Sauaso Sue, 20 Tim Grant, 21 Taane Milne
Elijah Taylor is out with Matt Eisenhuth starting at lock and Michael Chee Kam on the bench. The side is otherwise unchanged meaning fullback Corey Thompson and David Nofoaluma hold their spots with Tuimoala Lolohea not yet back.
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd , 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Tom Opacic, 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 Sam Tagataese, 19 Jack Bird, 20 Jonus Pearson, 21 Todd Murphy
Tom Opacic moves from the bench to starting centre for Jordan Kahu (broken jaw) with Jaydn Su’A joining the bench. Centre Jack Bird has been named in the reserves as he looks to return from off-season shoulder surgery.
Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos, Friday 8.05pm AEDT at Camperdown Stadium
Head-to-head: 26 games, Broncos 20 wins, Wests Tigers 5 wins, 1 draw
Matches at venue: 7 games; Broncos 6 wins, 1 draw
Last five head-to-head: Broncos 4 wins; Wests Tigers 1 wins
2017 result: Broncos win 36-0 at Suncorp Stadium
Points per game: Wests Tigers 10; Broncos 18
Points conceded per game: Wests Tigers 8; Broncos 27
Televised: Live on Nine, Fox League