NRL Match Previews - Brisbane v Penrith (Round 4)

01-04-2011 08:45PM at Suncorp Stadium

Referee: Jason Robinson and Chris James
Touch Judges: Daniel Eastwood and Gavin Morris
Referee: Steve Clark

Difficult to pin point exactly what the problem is out at Penrith. An indifferent start to the season has them under the rugby league media spotlight and has their coach facing questions about his job security. One thing is certain though, it does not get any easier with a new halfback and hooker combination and it gets even harder when you face the Brisbane Broncos at home, 2 days after Darren Lockyer announces his impending retirement.

So, with a seemingly impossible task set and the bookies against them to the tune of 8.5 points, the Panthers walk into Suncorp Stadium on Friday night with a mountain to climb. No doubt they will give it everything they have but eventually their foothold will slip, the ropes will give way, the landslide will come down quickly and I will run out of exaggerated metaphors. The Broncos too good.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Darren Lockyer
My Tip:Brisbane 24-12

The Teams

  Brisbane Broncos               Penrith Panthers 
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S. Anderson
J. Hoffman
1. Gerard BealeFullback1. Lachlan Coote
2. Dale CopleyWing2. Yileen Gordon
3. Jack ReedCentre3. Michael Jennings
4. Justin HodgesCentre4. Brad Tighe
5. Jharal Yow YehWing5. David Simmons
6. Darren LockyerFive Eighth6. Travis Burns
7. Peter WallaceHalfback7. Kevin Kingston
8. Ben HannantProp8. Tim Grant
9. Andrew McCulloughHooker9. Masada Iosefa
10. Sam ThaidayProp10. Petero Civoniceva
11. Alex GlennSecond Row11. Trent Waterhouse
12. Matt GillettSecond Row12. Nigel Plum
13. Corey ParkerLock13. Luke Lewis
14. Ben HuntInterchange14. Sam McKendry
15. Ben Te'oInterchange15. Matthew Bell
16. Josh McGuireInterchange16. Adrian Purtell
17. Shane TroncInterchange17. Timana Tahu
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L. Walsh
N. Smith
T. Burns

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 15 Suncorp Stadium Penrith Panthers 22-12
2009 Round 23 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Brisbane Broncos 58-24
2009 Round 6 CUA Stadium, Penrith Brisbane Broncos 38-18
2008 Round 16 CUA Stadium Draw 12 all
2008 Round 1 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Brisbane Broncos 48-12

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