Written by Callum Walker
Thursday 3rd September, 7:50 PM, NRL Round 17, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Brisbane Broncos versus Penrith Panthers NRL Match Fixture
If you’ve ever seen two more contrasting teams than Brisbane and Penrith right now, please write to us. The Broncos are just one loss away from equalling their longest consecutive losing streak of eight matches. Penrith, meanwhile, have won their last 11 games, setting a new club record to sit very pretty indeed at the top of the ladder.
For Brisbane, an average losing margin of just over 27 points, just three wins in 16 games, the most points conceded in the league as well as the exit of Anthony Seibold, have confirmed this season as the most embarrassing in their history.
The Brisbane Broncos
|Corey Oates||Joe Ofahengaue|
|Issac Luke||Jordan Kahu|
1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Richard Kennar 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Tom Dearden 8. Payne Haas 9. Issac Luke 10. Rhys Kennedy 11. David Fifita 12. Ben Te’o 13. Patrick Carrigan
Reserves: 14. Cory Paix 15. Jordan Riki 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Jamil Hopoate 18. Jesse Arthars 19. Pride Petterson-Robati 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Brodie Croft
Coach: Peter Gentle
The Penrith Panthers
|Apisai Koroisau||Isaah Yeo|
1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. Moses Leota 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. James Fisher-Harris
Reserves: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Kurt Capewell 17. Zane Tetevano 18. Apisai Koroisau 19. Billy Burns 20. Matt Burton 21. Pat Hollis
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Brisbane have actually won their last four games against the Panthers, including a 24-12 triumph in August of last year.
The Broncos are in turmoil, the Panthers in dreamland. There will only be one winner. Penrith by 11+