Penrith Panthers attempt to make it six wins from six to start the season when they face the struggling Brisbane Broncos to launch NRL Round 6 action on Thursday night.
Broncos vs Panthers Tips, Preview & Predictions
Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Broncos haven’t beaten a team outside of the Bulldogs since March 3 last year…
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Broncos vs Panthers Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Thursday April 15
⏰ Time: 7.50 AEST
🏟 Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
Broncos vs Panthers Head to Head (last five matches)
- 3/9/20: Broncos 12-25 Panthers
- 16/8/19: Broncos 24-12 Panthers
- 20/7/18: Broncos 50-18 Panthers
- 15/9/17: Broncos 13-6 Panthers
- 27/4/17: Broncos 32-18 Panthers
Broncos vs Panthers Preview and Prediction
Another mis-match is on the cards to open Round 6 when the high-flying and undefeated Panthers meet the embattled Broncos at Suncorp.
The gulf in class between these two sides couldn’t be more drastic. Brisbane are a basket case and have been for over a year now.
Incredibly, the Broncos haven’t defeated a side other than fellow battlers Canterbury for the last 13 months. Their only win so far in 2021 was over the Bulldogs, while they’ve lost their last two matches to the Storm and Rabbitohs by a combined score of 75-12.
Anthony Milford has finally been dropped, with Tom Deardon and Brodie Croft forming Brisbane’s halves pairing for this clash.
Meanwhile, the Panthers have been sensational to begin the season, well and truly erasing any fears of a Grand Final hangover from last season.
Penrith have won all five matches and only conceded 26 points for the entire year. To put that into perspective, the Broncos are leaking 25.4 points per game and 31.75 across their four losses.
Jarome Luai has been in scintillating form, taking his game to another level from last season, where he was the competition’s leader in try assists. Luai has already provided seven try assists in five games this season and is poised to rip open the weak Broncos defence on Thursday night.
We can expect winger Brian To’o to cross the line – he’s at least one try in his last four games in Queensland, while Xavier Coates could be in hand for a consolation four-pointer for the Broncos having scored in four of his last five games.
Overall, this should be another easy win for the Panthers as they aim to remain undefeated after six rounds.
Broncos vs Panthers Teams
Anthony Milford has been dropped to reserve grade in favour of Brodie Croft, while Jesse Arthurs comes into the centuries for Brisbane in place of Tesi Niu. Ben Te’o is out for the next 12 weeks with a biceps injury, with his spot on the bench taken by Ethan Bullemor.
No changes to the Panther side that cruised past the Raiders last week.
Broncos team: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Richard Kennar 4. Jesse Arthars 5. David Mead 6. Brodie Croft 7. Tom Dearden 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. John Asiata 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Jordan Riki 18. Rhys Kennedy 19. Cory Paix 20. Keenan Palasia 21. Corey Oates
Panthers team: 1. Stephen Crichton 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Robert Jennings 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Jaeman Salmon
Broncos vs Panthers Stats
- Panthers have won 22 of their last 23 matches
- Broncos haven’t beaten a team other than the Bulldogs for 13 months
- Panthers have conceded just 26 points in five games this season
- Broncos have conceded an average of 25.4 points in their five games this season
- Xavier Coates has scored a try in four of his last five matches
- Brian To’o has scored a try in his last four matches in Queensland
- Viliame Kikau has scored four tries in five games this season
- Nine of Penrith’s last 13 matches have gone under the total points line
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