Match Preview: Round 25
By Nathan Beuman
The St George Illawarra Dragons will travel to face the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Friday.
Both teams will be aiming for victory and secure a further two competition-points to help their respective intentions of reaching the top-eight.
The Dragons travel north of the state line after overcoming the Gold Coast Titans 34-6 at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah last round knowing that a loss will all but end their season.
The Red-and-Whites have really found their attacking game over the last fortnight of football, putting up two consecutive 34 point outings.
The Broncos have been hot and cold over the last month and a half, putting up big wins over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and New Zealand Warriors but falling to the Melbourne Storm and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
The Broncos bounced back from a comprehensive loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs a fortnight ago with a big 48-6 win over the Newcastle Knights last Saturday.
The Dragons have named an identical starting 17 to the side that took to the park weekend, with the only changes being the addition of Nathan Green, Bronson Harrison and Jack Stockwell to an extended seven-man bench.
The Broncos on the other hand have made a couple of changes, with Justin Hodges being named at fullback, after the Queensland and Australian representative produced a scintillating performance at the back against the Knights.
Lachlan Maranta returns to his preferred position on the wing while Todd Lowrie comes in as 18th man.
If the Dragons are to come away with the two competition points on Friday night, they are going to have to break their second “hoodoo” in three weeks.
Brisbane have had the better of the Dragons is recent years winning nine of the last ten matchups including seven straight.
The overall picture isn’t quite so bad with the Dragons having won six of their last 13 matches played at Suncorp Stadium.