Benji Marshall has been called into the halves for the trip to Canberra on Saturday.
The former Golden Boot winner has been called into the five eighth role due to Anthony Milford’s injury here he will partner Kodi Nikorima. Wayne Bennett has also gone as far as naming half Ben Hunt on the bench.
Brisbane go into the match having enjoyed the bye but prior to that did it tough to eventually get over Souths 24-18 at home.
Canberra are also coming off the bye which would’ve been a great relief to Ricky Stuart’s side who lost another close contest in Round 14. They conceded two tries in the final minute to lose 24-20 to the Panthers.
BRISBANE will go into the match with a totally new halves pairing to the one that started the season.
With Milford sidelined through injury and Hunt out of favour, Marshall and Nikorima will have the duty of piloting the Broncos attack which is one of the best in league, averaging 21.5ppg.
They will also have a few players backing up after Origin commitments on Wednesday, however, they will have a fresh Sam Thaiday for the first time in a long time after the veteran was dropped for Game II.
LEARNING TO WIN
CANBERRA have to go back to basics if they are to start winning footy games again.
Of their eight losses this season, six of them have been by single figures so that has to be a concern for Ricky Stuart’s men.
The positive thing is that they have been competitive against pretty much every team they have played so far this season, so the 1-12 Winning Margin for them or the Broncos does appeal.
A Raiders 1-12 win in the nation’s capital is returning $3.20 with the team at bet365.
The Raiders have struggled against the Broncos in recent years with just two wins since 2011.
Brisbane will go into the match with four straight wins against Canberra which is something they have only done once before in the past 17 years.
Historically, this fixture doesn’t produce tight games with an average winning margin of 14.42ppg. The Total Points could be something to have a bet on and we are recommending you take the Under 42.5 ($1.91 @ bet365) as three of the past four games have seen the total go well under that.
We think the Raiders ($1.66 @ Will Hill) will buck the hoodoo they have experienced against Brisbane and get a vital win here.
They are a very good team on paper and haven’t changed a great deal since making the Preliminary Final last season. It is only a matter of time until they click and we think they will smell blood in the water here against the Broncos who will have a few tired troops thanks to State Of Origin.
The Raiders will also be boosted by the return of forward Shannon Boyd which gives them some added muscle up front.
Marshall’s inclusion by Bennett is a definite power play, however, Benji isn’t the player he once and we are betting against him from making a significant impact here.
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