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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Brisbane Broncos
ANZ Stadium, Friday 23 April 2010 - 7:35pm kickoff
Here's hoping the Broncos turn up for this one. They have been inconsistent this season through injuries and fluctuating individual form. So, in the interests of good footy, we remain hopeful that their young players turn up at ANZ stadium on Friday night rather than rely on Darren Lockyer to pull them out of trouble. The Brisbane captain has tormented the Bulldogs' up-and-in defence in the past and will aim to do so again here. He could be the difference.
However, without Peter Wallace to take some of the attention away from Lockyer, the Broncos will struggle for field position and attacking options. This will encourage the Bulldogs and feed them plenty of quality possession which should be enough to carry them home. Josh Morris v Israel Folau will be a highlight and Ben Teo will be marking Jamal Idris in what should be a thunderous contest. Also, Ben Hannant will be eager to impress his future team mates. Dogs do enough to win against a willing Brisbane team.
Man of the Match Prediction: Luke Patten
Tip: Dogs 24-14
Bulldogs: 1. Luke Patten 2. Steve Turner 3. Josh Morris 4. Jamal Idris 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Ben Roberts 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Ben Hannant 9. Michael Ennis 10. Chris Armit 11. Yileen Gordon 12. Andrew Ryan 13. David Stagg
Interchange: 14. Tim Browne 15. Gary Warburton 16. Blake Green 17. Ben Barba
Broncos: 1. Josh Hoffman 2. Antonio Winterstein 3. Ben Te'o 4. Israel Folau 5. Jharal Yow Yeh 6. Darren Lockyer 7. Ben Hunt 8. Dunamis Lui 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Mitchell Dodds 11. Alex Glenn 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Lagi Setu 15. Scott Anderson 16. Corey Norman 17. Gerard Beale
Reserves: 18. Steve Michaels
Referees: Jared Maxwell & Gavin Badger; Sideline Officials: Paul Holland & David Abood; Video Referee: Bill Harrigan