2012 NRL Match Previews - Round 7

Brisbane Broncos v Canberra Raiders
Friday 7:45pm, Suncorp Stadium - live update click here.

A phenomenal amount of talent on the field in your round 7 opener on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium. Both sides boasting a truckload of graduates from the National Youth Competition as the future looks bright for the Broncos and the Raiders alike. Unfortunately for the Green Machine, they do not have a Time Machine and will be forced to take their lumps from a superior Brisbane forward pack. The short turnaround from last Sunday's game won't help either.

Whilst the Raiders demolished their opposition last week, they will struggle to find the same holes opening up and will struggle to protect their line against some of the best athletes in the NRL. The likes of Hoffman and Norman will prove too classy but the big difference will be up front. The Raiders big boys won't be able to keep up. Speaking of keeping up, watch for a mismatch out wide if Justin Hodges gets enough possession. He could put Jarrod Croker in a hole for 80 painful minutes.

My tip:
Brisbane Broncos 30-12

St George Illawarra Dragons v Newcastle Knights
Froday 7:45pm, WIN Jubilee Oval Kogarah  - live update click here

Match of the round from Kogarah on Friday night and what a beauty it will be. Perhaps not for those of you who like to see a try every 5 minutes, but for footy fans with an appreciation for solid defence and passionate play, look no further. There will be some feeling in this one. If not from the 34 men on the field, then most definitely from the increasingly agitated army of Saints fans who will pack Jubilee Oval and find their angry voices.

They've been through plenty of late, have the Red V faithful. Their emotional leader announcing his retirement, scoring zero points against their hated rivals last week and just when you though they couldn