Can the Broncos break their recent losing run?
Since notching six straight wins the Broncos have entered the Origin period with back-to-back defeats with the latest of those being a narrow 18-16 loss to the Roosters at Allianz Stadium last week.
Souths looked as though their season may have been turning around with an ultra impressive win three games ago but consecutive defeats to the Storm and Parramatta have them looking long odds to make the semis this year.
BRISBANE will be a far better attacking unit this week with Anthony Milford returning to the side. The talented five-eighth didn’t back up after Origin with Benji Marshall filling in.
Milford’s return will be a significant boost for the Broncos as will the fact they are playing at Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane has won five of six games at the venue this season (as the home side) and clearly appreciate playing in front of the Bronco faithful.
They have averaged a very strong 25.85 points per game at Suncorp this season while holding the opposition to 13.57ppg.
SOUTHS were disgusting against Parramatta a fortnight ago.
The surprise was the lack of effort they showed considering they were very good in defeat to the Storm the previous round. Was the short turnaround and trip back from Perth a deciding factor?
Michael Maguire has had a full week of rest thanks to the bye to get his team back on track for this.
One of the positives for the bunnies will be their strong ‘away’ record. While they were the home team for that game at nib Stadium a few weeks ago against Melbourne, their official road record is 4-2 so a lift in enthusiasm wouldn’t surprise here.
BRISBANE will be looking to notch five straight wins over Souths.
It is already their longest winning run against the Rabbitohs in 15 years but it is still a far cry from the 13 straight they racked up between the late 90s into the mid-2000s.
Overall, Suncorp Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Souths even though they have won three of the past four against Brisbane at the ground. Since 2004 they have just four wins at the venue.
They have met once already this season with Souths nearly causing a huge upset before going down in a highly dramatic, and controversial, 25-24 win. Robbie Farah inspired his side to overturn a 10-point half time deficit to hit the front, only to be run down late.
It is difficult to make a case against Brisbane ($1.25 @ Luxbet).
They are one of the best home teams in the NRL and their attack will be boosted with the return of Milford to the side. Souths seriously need to lift following on from the rubbish they delivered against Parra last start but we can’t see it happening here.
BRISBANE 13+ MARGIN
JORDAN KAHU FIRST TRYSCORER – has three tries in his past three games against Souths