NRL Previews - Broncos v Cowboys (Round 1)

11-03-2011 08:45PM at Suncorp Stadium

Referees: Shayne Hayne and Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Gavin Morris
Video Referee: Tim Mander

Must be a welcome distraction to have Rugby League back in Queensland after the summer they have had. It must also be a welcome distraction for the Broncos to play football rather than worrying about who their coach for 2011 would be. So, with everyone is joyous rapture to be playing footy again, allow me to take this opportunity to say how happy I am that future Immortal Darren Lockyer is going round again. Speaking of Lockyer, reports suggest he is fitter than ever and this can only be dangerous for the Cowboys.

To win, the visitors will need Aaron Payne to find his form from a few years ago, they'll need Ray Thompson to play beyond his years in support of Johnathan Thurston and they will need to match the speed and enthusiasm of a Broncos backline whose average age must be around 14 (statistic not official). Until the Cowboys prove otherwise, punters will doubt they can do any of the above.

My Tip: Broncos 24-18

The Teams

  Brisbane Broncos    North Queensland Cowboys 
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B. Hannant
J. Hodges
1. Josh Hoffman Fullback 1. Matt Bowen
2. Jharal Yow Yeh Wing 2. Ashley Graham
3. Gerard Beale Centre 3. Will Tupou
4. Jack Reed Centre 4. Willie Tonga
5. Dane Gagai Wing 5. Michael Bani
6. Darren Lockyer Five Eighth 6. Ray Thompson
7. Peter Wallace Halfback 7. Johnathan Thurston
8. Sam Thaiday Prop 8. Matthew Scott
9. Andrew McCullough Hooker 9. Aaron Payne
10. Scott Anderson Prop 10. James Tamou
11. Alex Glenn Second Row 11. Scott Bolton
12. Matt Gillett Second Row 12. Glenn Hall
13. Corey Parker Lock 13. Dallas Johnson
14. Ben Hunt Interchange 14. Ben Jones
15. Ben Te'o Interchange 15. Leeson Ah Mau
16. Josh McGuire Interchange 16. Gavin Cooper
17. Shane Tronc Interchange 17. Ashton Sims
D. Hogan

A. Winterstein
B. Tate

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 22 Dairy Farmers Stadium Brisbane Broncos 34-26
2010 NRL - Round 1 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos 30-24
2009 Round 25 Dairy Farmers Stadium Brisbane Broncos 16-10
2009 Round 1 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos 19-18
2008 Round 19 Dairy Farmers Stadium Brisbane Broncos 32-18

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