Preview: Round 6 v Brisbane Broncos
By Nathan Beuman
The St George Illawarra Dragons will take on the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Thursday (kick-off 7.50pm).
Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregor has opted to name an unchanged line-up to the one that went down to the North Queensland Cowboys 36-0 at 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville five-days prior on Saturday.
Despite a disappointing start to their Queensland road trip, McGregor will hope that setting up camp in north of the state border will allow his side to be better prepared to take on last season's beaten Grand Finalists.
The Broncos are presently perched on top of the competition ladder with four wins from five starts, allowing only 14.6 points per game (third best in the NRL).
The home side also boast one of the best attackes of the competition too, leading the NRL in line breaks (26), while sitting fourth in tackle busts (144).
1. Darius Boyd
2. Corey Oates
3. Jack Reed
4. James Roberts
5. Jordan Kahu
6. Anthony Milford
7. Ben Hunt
8. Josh McGuire
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Adam Blair
11. Alex Glenn
12. Matt Gillett
13. Corey Parker (c)
14. Jarrod Wallace
15. Sam Thaiday
16. Joe Ofahengaue
17. Kodi Nikorima
Dragons co-captain Gareth Widdop will need to continue his promising form if his team are going to come away with the two competition points.
Widdop’s opposite number, Anthony Milford, has been the form five-eighth this season, scoring four tries in five starts this year, while setting up another five.
Widdop had one of his best games of the year two rounds agao, making a season high 15 runs for 109 metres, as the Dragons defeated the Penrith Panthers 14-12 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
The Broncos lead the recent head-to-head battle between the two sides, winning 20 of the previous 34 match-ups, including a 32-6 win at Suncorp Stadium in Round 23 last season.
The venue has not been kind to the Red-and-Whites, with the visitors only coming away with seven wins in 16 attempts.