The struggling Bunnies are set for another difficult task when they host Brisbane in Friday night footy.
Souths are going into this off the back of three losses in four games, the latest of those a 24-9 defeat at the hands of Canterbury on Good Friday.
Brisbane also struggled on that very same night and left it to the dying stages of the game to put the Gold Coast Titans away, 24-22.
BRISBANE are just going along doing their thing and in the process look set to make a big run.
They have already played the top four from last season plus two other top eight sides from 2016 and having come through that with four wins suggests Wayne Bennett’s side could now start to string some wins together.
A hallmark of their efforts so far this season has been their defence which is currently the fourth-best in the NRL and conceding 15ppg, however, the Titans put the biggest score of any opponent on them this year (22) in Round 7.
The have generally been stingy so that may have been just a one-off.
SOUTHS definitely need to lift their game if they want to secure a top eight spot.
The Bunnies have struggled against the better sides in the competition but won games against opponents who were struggling at the time (Manly, Newcastle, Penrith).
A big factor in their slide down the NRL’s elite is their leaky defence which is conceding 22 points a game, placing them 12th in the NRL for that category.
It isn’t pleasant reading if you are a Souths fan.
Brisbane has won 14 of the past 22 games while Souths have won seven plus there was a Draw thrown into the mix as well.
The Broncos have won the past three contests and each by big margins (35, 22 and 20 points respectively). In fact, the past five clashes have resulted in margins of 20 points or more.
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You can’t go past the Broncos in this.
They have a strong record over the Bunnies and are scoring at an average of 19.1ppg which should be good enough to see them post at least 18-20 points in this one.
If there is a concern for the Broncos it is their abysmal record at ANZ Stadium recently where they have just three wins in 10 games.
Although they did lose their only game at the venue this season (10-7 v Bulldogs) we think they are too advanced at this stage of the campaign for a Bunnies side that is yet to show it can compete against the better teams.
The one big boost for Souths is the availability of captain Sam Burgess who fought the law at the judiciary and won earlier in the week.
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