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Dec 19, 2012
NRL 2016 - Rnd 2 - Broncos vs Warriors Gameday Chatter
Broncos v Warriors: Schick Preview
Wed 09 Mar, 2016, 12:00pm
By Tony Webeck ‌, Chief Queensland Correspondent

Schick Hydro Preview: Brisbane Broncos v Warriors
Suncorp Stadium
Friday, 7.05pm (AEST)

Twenty-one years and one day to the day of their first meeting in 1995, many similarities can be drawn between the Broncos and Warriors as they prepare to clash for the 37th time on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.

The Broncos have re-established themselves as one of the powerhouses of the competition while Warriors fans are placing all their faith in a handful of fresh faces who many believe can usher in a new era of success for the club.

Excitement at securing the likes of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke in the off-season rivalled that of John Kirwan, Greg Alexander and Denis Betts for their inaugural season 21 years ago, yet their first-up effort against the Wests Tigers last weekend left a lot to be desired.

The Broncos showed the resolve that took them all the way to the grand final in accounting for the Eels 17-4 on Thursday night, while the Warriors missed the jump completely three days later and trailed 16-0 after only 18 minutes.

The Broncos have lost Jordan Kahu with a quad injury but have been able to name Jack Reed to make his return from shoulder surgery in his place. Promising young forward Joe Boyce has been named as 18th man should Reed not take his place in the side and Alex Glenn is used at left centre.

The Warriors have also made the one change due to injury with the luckless Ben Henry (knee) out and Raymond Faitala-Mariner coming onto the bench. Bodene Thompson moves into the starting team for Henry.

The more things change the more they stay the same; let's see if the Warriors can emulate their trailblazers and give the Broncos an almighty scare.

Watch out Broncos: After one of the poorest displays in the first half of a new season there will be some sort of a bounce-back from the Warriors but it will need to be significant against the Broncos. Incredibly the Warriors completed 15 of 16 first half sets but looked generally disinterested in attack and in defence they missed 22 tackles and leaked five tries in the opening 40 minutes as the Wests Tigers shot out to a 28-6 lead. Issac Luke was kept to just 22 running metres from dummy half and Tuivasa-Sheck struggled to assert himself on the game; those two in particular need to lift their input and put their team on the front foot early. If they can do that, the rest of the team will soon jump on board.

Watch out Warriors: Unlike the Warriors, the Parramatta defence showed plenty of commitment last week but still Broncos winger Corey Oates made it look flimsy. The frightening prospect of the 21-year-old being bigger and stronger in 2016 appears to have come true after Oates had a field day against the Eels, running for 193 metres, scoring a try and showing deft skill to set up another for Anthony Milford. After one round of footy he shares the most number of line breaks (three) with Marika Koroibete and his six tackle busts put him in the company of Greg Inglis, James Tedesco and Jack Bird. His time on the wing may be short-lived but it is going to be damaging while it lasts.

Key match-up: Anthony Milford v Shaun Johnson.

With both men operating at optimum capacity there may not be a more exciting match-up in the game today, if ever! Milford has quickly blossomed from an electrifying fullback into a world class five-eighth while Johnson manages to feature on highlight reels even when his team is getting soundly beaten. The pair face-off as opposing five-eighths for the first time on Friday and Milford will be hoping for a far different result to when he and Johnson both wore the No.7 jersey in 2013. In Milford's only game at halfback to date Johnson gave the young Raider a dose of his own medicine, scoring three tries and kicking seven goals in the Warriors' 50-16 victory. It was a similar tale when they met a year later with Johnson scoring two tries and kicking nine goals against Milford's Canberra, the Warriors winning 54-12.

The history: Played 36; Broncos 21, Warriors 15. The Broncos were the Warriors' first opponent when they entered the ARL in 1995 and while they gave them a scare, it took until 2001 before the New Zealanders registered their first win. The ledger has been more evenly shared in recent years with the Warriors winning four of the past seven clashes including a 56-18 flogging at Suncorp Stadium in 2013. All told the Warriors have just four wins from 11 previous visits to Suncorp Stadium.

Match officials: Referee: Gerard Sutton; Assistant Referee: Matt Noyen; Touch Judges: Michael Wise and Clayton Sharpe; Review Officials: Luke Patten and Jason Robinson; Senior RO: Bernard Sutton.

Televised: Channel Nine (Live) – 7pm (Qld), 7.30pm (NSW); Fox Sports (Live) – 6pm (Qld), 7pm (NSW)

The way we see it: If the Warriors even closely resemble the outfit that played at Campbelltown in Round 1 in terms of their effort then the Broncos are in for a field day. But that's the thing about the Warriors, they could very easily jump out of the blocks and score the first three tries of the game. We know exactly what the Broncos will produce but the same can't be said of their opponents. They will be better but we see no reason to suggest they can match the professionalism of Brisbane for 80 minutes. Broncos by 14 points.

FRI 11 MAR, 8.05PM

1 Darius Boyd
2 Corey Oates
3 Jack Reed
4 James Roberts
5 Greg Eden
6 Anthony Milford
7 Ben Hunt
8 Josh McGuire
9 Andrew McCullough
10 Adam Blair
11 Alex Glenn
12 Matt Gillett
13 Corey Parker (c)

14 Jarrod Wallace
15 Sam Thaiday
16 Joe Ofahengaue
17 Kodi Nikorima
18 Joe Boyce

Coach: Wayne Bennett

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2 Tuimoala Lolohea
3 Blake Ayshford
4 Solomone Kata
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Shaun Johnson
7 Jeff Robson
8 Jacob Lillyman
9 Issac Luke
10 Ben Matulino
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Ryan Hoffman (c)
13 Simon Mannering

14 Nathaniel Roache
15 Sam Lisone
16 James Gavet
17 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Coach: Andrew McFadden

*Final team list may change
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1st Grade Fringe
May 15, 2012
Coach Cappy vsThe Genius of coach Wayne Bennett
If the Warriors are going to loose, I hope they do not loose by much
and retain some dignity, as this game is shown live on TV (free to Air) on CH9 around Australia.

According to Richie McCaw's book The Open Side , Wayne Bennett even gave the All Blacks a talking to back in 2008.

The scene is 2008, at a leadership conference organised by the New Zealand Rugby Union of the type so beloved by sports organisations and corporate entities.
All was proceeding without incident until Bennett turned it into a brutal post-mortem into the All Blacks' 2007 Rugby World Cup failure.

"Bennett walks on to the podium, looks straight at Ted [Graham Henry], Shag [Steve Hansen] and Smithy [Wayne Smith] and says, 'I don't know why the f--- you're sitting there and still got your jobs'," McCaw recounts in the book.

And the Broncos legend was just warming up.

Why were you playing guys out of position?' he asks the coaches.
While they were pondering that one, Bennett walks over to Mils [All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina], who's kind of scrunched down in his seat.
'Did you want to play 13?'

" 'Ah...'

" 'Where did you want to f-----n play, son?

" 'Ah fullback,' says Mils, almost apologetically.

" 'Well, what the f--- were you doing playing centre?' "

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Jay M

Warriors 1st Grader
Won't be able to watch today's game live as I'll be at a concert. Unless the gig finishes in time to catch the last 20-30 mins anyway (which I doubt).

If we win, I guess I won't be allowed to watch any games live as I'm obviously bad luck!


1st Grade Fringe
Apr 12, 2012
Hamilton, New Zealand
Roberts to score 40 by himself imo. Glad this is on friday so I have the whole weekend to forget about it. If the Warriors are even competitive, it'll be a massive upset for mine. Not expecting anything at all. Hoping, but not expecting.


Christchurch Born n bred white bait fed.
May 19, 2012
Brisbane Queensland Australia
Brisbane Forecast
This morning 22°C
Today 31°C


Updated at 07:40 EST

Brisbane for Friday Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the afternoon. Light winds becoming E 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening.
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Jay M

Warriors 1st Grader
Brisbane Forecast
This morning 22°C
Today 31°C


Updated at 07:40 EST

Brisbane for Friday Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the afternoon. Light winds becoming E 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening.
The evening humidity in Brisbane could make for some fun times too... thankfully it's not going to be a majorly hot Brisbane day!


Christchurch Born n bred white bait fed.
May 19, 2012
Brisbane Queensland Australia
it will be nice if it continues to shower during the night like it has done a couple of nights this week.....

Jordan G

Aaahh the gameday thread. Where a mixture of dread and optimism mix playfully until gametime where brief moments of highs will be overshadowed by misery and the inevitable emotional downpour that comes after a loss.

Still has that new season smell too......*sssnnnnniiiiiifffffff*

Jay M

Warriors 1st Grader
Comparing the two sides to gauge the personnel battle for tonight:

At the back:
Boyd vs RTS - going to give the edge to Boyd given he's playing in a familiar team with a VERY familiar coach, RTS has the potential to outplay him though

On the edges:
Kahu, Roberts, Reed, Oates vs Manu, Kata, Ayshford, Lolohea - slight edge to Brisbane for consistency and defence, warriors outside backs have more x-factor and potential to add impact though so if the game goes their way...

Hunt and Milford vs Robson and SJ. Well on paper you give that to Brisbane every day. But which SJ turns up?

McCullough vs Luke - on paper, Luke wins this. But if Luke plays like he did last week, McCullough.

Front row:
Lillyman and Gavet (assuming he starts) vs McGuire and Blair - advantage Broncos.

Back Row:
Glenn, Gillett, Parker vs Hoffman, Thompson, Mannering - advantage Broncos again. More impact on attack and not bad defenders.

Roache, Matulino (assumption), Lisone, RFM vs Wallace, Thaiday, Nikorima, Ofahengaue - going to call that one a tie.

No question. Bennett and Kearney > McFadden and Morgan.

So on paper - Broncos have it over the Warriors for tonight, game is at Suncorp and therefore we should be spanked.

With the warriors though - there is always the key question... how much will they aim up and will their x-factor show up tonight or not...


Christchurch Born n bred white bait fed.
May 19, 2012
Brisbane Queensland Australia
I had Bulldogs as my first multi leg, I watched that game and what a thrill haha and I have Warriors to beat Broncos so they have to win after that, I'll be there backing the boys, pumped
U must have the same multi as me..
I thought i was gone last night.


1st Grade Fringe
Aug 14, 2013
No choice but to win tonight. Boys play soft like last week and I see no chance of making play offs.
Starting season well is the difference between a 4th and 14th placed finish.
Its backs to the walls man up time.
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