The visitors face an uphill battle to be competitive at Suncorp on Friday night.
Wests Tigers is the story that keeps on giving this season in the NRL and the latest saga has seen Mitchell Moses released midweek to join Parramatta. Now that three of the ‘Big Four’ have had their futures sorted will they now begin to play some footy?
Last week they simply didn’t show up against the Bunnies and got pumped 28-8.
Brisbane, on the other hand, are aiming for six straight wins and overcame a halftime deficit to get the better of Manly 24-14.
WESTS TIGERS fans are hoping the off-field dramas have come to an end.
Five-eighth Mitchell Moses lined up for the Tigers last week but this time around will be wearing a different coloured jersey. There’s no doubt his contract sage would have had a big impact on the team in the past few games. Throw in the negotiations with skipper Aaron Woods and James Tedesco and footy is probably the last thing on most of their minds.
Jack Littlejohn will replace Moses and partner Luke Brooks in the halves while Woods returns from injury which will help the side get some forward momentum, something they didn’t have a great deal of last week. The side ran for just 1193 metres – 416 metres less than Souths!
The 28 points conceded was also the seventh time they have leaked at least 20 points in a match with all of those resulting in losses.
FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT
BRISBANE are one of the form teams of the competition and will be strengthened even further going into this.
Riding a five-game winning streak, Brisbane will welcome back halfback Ben Hunt and centre James Roberts for the game against Wests Tigers which only heightens the danger to the defence.
The Broncos haven’t had a great deal of trouble in scoring points during their winning run with an average of 27.4ppg in the past five weeks.
What was impressive about their win last week was that they trailed 14-nil after just 10 minutes against the Sea Eagles, however, they didn’t panic and gradually worked their way back into the contest.
It isn’t good news if you are wanting to take the $5.50 (Unibet) about the Tigers.
Brisbane has won 10 of the past 12 encounters but they did lose their previous meeting which almost a year ago, in Round 12, last season. On that occasion no one gave the Tigers much hope against Wayne Bennett’s side but they scored a huge upset 19-18.
When looking at games played at Suncorp the Tigers seem to lose two, then win one, then lose two again before winning another. If that pattern, which stretches back to 2003, continues then they are due to lose this one.
Honestly you can’t go past the Broncos here.
They are playing at home where they are 4-1 in 2017 and have won nine of the past 10 with the Cowboys the only side to blot their copybook at the ground during that stretch.
With Hunt and Roberts named that gives us even more confidence to take the $1.20 @ bet365 and make them one of the best bets of the weekend.
You would expect to see some bounce back from the Tigers after their abysmal display last week and the addition of Woods to that side is definitely a big plus, however, they aren’t a safe betting proposition so go the home side here.
BRISBANE – RACE TO 30 POINTS