The Broncos are eyeing off another victory over Canberra when the pair meet in Friday Night Football.
Brisbane has had the edge over the Green Machine of late and will take that bit of confidence into the game following two narrow defeats in recent weeks.
Wayne Bennett’s side is coming off back-to-back losses against the Cowboys (in Golden Point) and the Storm in dying stages but will relish the chance to get back to Suncorp.
Canberra opened their account in 2017 with a dominant performance over the Wests Tigers last week which would have given them a significant boost heading into this.
HARD TO KILL
Brisbane have proven to be one of the toughest opponents to beat in the opening few weeks of the competition despite them winning just one game.
Of all the teams so far BRISBANE has had by far the hardest run. They beat Cronulla and then lost narrowly to the 2015 premiers before going down to Melbourne last week. Their average margin of defeat is just 1.5 points!
The highlight of their effort against the Storm was their tremendous defence which absorbed over 43 attacking opportunities their opponents had in their 20 metre zone. We don’t care who you are, that is huge and when it’s against Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith, it is beyond belief!
CLICKING INTO GEAR
Canberra effectively got Jason Taylor the sack from Wests Tigers after their rampant 46-6 win in the nation’s capital.
After copping a hammering to the Sharks the previous week, Canberra’s return to form coincided with captain Jarrod Croker making his 2017 debut along with enigmatic forward Dave Taylor having his first start under Ricky Stuart.
The Raiders dominance was such that nine players ran for over 100 metres while Jordan Rapana and Josh Papalii broke the 200 barrier. Overall the entire team ran 517 metres more than the Tigers.
Brisbane has dominated the Raiders in recent times and go into this with a hat-trick of wins against their opponents.
Their last encounter was at this venue when the Raiders were heavily tried to beat the Broncos, however, Brisbane ran out 26-18 winners.
The Broncos have averaged 26 points in those three efforts while holding Canberra to an average of 11.3. Going back even further and the Broncos have won six of the past eight while the Raiders have just one win at Suncorp in the past 12 years and that was back in 2010.
We are quietly confident on Brisbane ($1.73 @ Unibet) getting the job done here.
With a bit of luck, Bennett’s side should be unbeaten heading into Round 4 and if they produce the sort of defence they did last week then they will win – simple as that.
In fact if you go back through Brisbane’s last 10 matches, they have won seven and lost three. Of the three defeats, two have been at the hands of the Cowboys while their average margin in losses during this span is a mere three points.
Canberra will definitely offer lots of questions here and any side that scores 46 points in a match has to be respected.
We feel they are still improving and probably don’t have the polish just yet to beat the Broncos, especially since they have a terrible record at the venue.
MATCH WINNER TIP: BRISBANE
FIRST TRYSCORER: JAMES ROBERTS
MARGIN BETTING: BRISBANE 1-12
OTHER TIP: CANBERRA TO SCORE UNDER 20 POINTS