Brisbane Broncos – $1.95 at Bet365
South Sydney Rabbitohs – $1.87
The Brisbane Broncos have a big opportunity to stake their NRL finals claim as they face a struggling South Sydney side on Friday night.
With only one loss in their last seven games, Anthony Seibold’s men have climbed to seventh place after spending much of the season in the bottom half of the table.
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A win this week at Suncorp Stadium would make them favourites to snag one of the last two places in the top eight, but Wayne Bennett and the South Sydney Rabbitohs will have other ideas.
The Bunnies are in dire need of a win after losing three games in a row, the last of which saw them slide out of the top four for the first time this season.
With the likes of Canberra, Manly and Parramatta in excellent form, Souths need to turn things around if they wish to secure a home final.
Brisbane Broncos NRL Round 23 team news
Tevita Pangai Jr and Jake Turpin are both out suspended, but Matt Gillett returns from injury to fill out the forwards. Sean O’Sullivan steps in at halfback and Alex Glenn is named at centre, which sees Gehamat Shibasaki benched and Izaia Perese dropped.
Out: Tevita Pangai Jr, Izaia Perese, Jake Turpin
In: Alex Glenn, Matt Gillett, Sean O’Sullivan
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Sam Burgess is named despite a quad complaint, but Tom Burgess and Braidon Burns are both out injured. Liam Knight starts at prop, Kyle Turner comes into the centres and Mark Nicholls makes the bench alongside Ethan Lowe, with John Sutton stepping into the second row.
Out: Tom Burgess, Braidon Burns
In: Mark Nicholls, Kyle Turner
Broncos vs Rabbitohs tryscorer betting tips
Kotoni Staggs – While most will look at Jamayne Isaako after his brace last week, Staggs is the danger man after six tries in five games. Get around Sportsbet’s $2.50 quote for anytime tryscorer.
Dane Gagai – This man has a pretty good track record when it comes to scoring tries at Lang Park. Gagai is Sportsbet’s $8 favourite in first tryscorer betting, which is well worth a dip.
Broncos vs Rabbitohs NRL stats and trends
- Brisbane lead the NRL for intercepts (14), tackle breaks (777) and kick metres (12,996)
- Only the Sydney Roosters have recorded more ineffective tackles than the Broncos (375)
- Souths rank first for lines engaged (515) and second for dummy-half runs (299)
- The Rabbitohs did not score a single try in their loss to Canterbury last week
Broncos vs Rabbitohs betting predictions
Brisbane have struggled against the better teams, as highlighted when Souths smashed them 38-6 earlier in the year. Things have changed since then, however, and the Rabbitohs are now struggling for confidence. Recent results have flattered the Broncos, so back in Bennett’s Bunnies for a much-needed win.
South Sydney Rabbitohs by 1-12 points – $3.20 at Sportsbet
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