The fifth-placed Broncos host the eighth-placed Dragons at Suncorp Stadium in a pivotal clash for both sides in the run to the finals.
Both sides are missing key men with Payne Haas succumbing to a shoulder injury and Kurt Capewell and Selwyn Cobbo on Origin duty while Dragons skipper Ben Hunt is in Queensland camp.
Having lost two on the bounce to the Cowboys and Storm, conceding 72 points in the process, the Broncos need to tighten up their defence and return to the formula that delivered them seven straight wins between round 7-14.
The Dragons snuck away with a victory in horrendous conditions in Wollongong on Sunday to make it four wins from their past five games so they head to Suncorp full of confidence.
Sportsbet Betting preview: Broncos v Dragons
Broncos: There are no further late changes on game day for the Broncos with Delouise Hoeter coming onto the wing after Corey Oates' late call up for the Maroons in place of Murray Taulagi, who was ruled out of the Origin decider - along with Cameron Munster - due to COVID.
The Broncos are also without Kurt Capewell, Selwyn Cobbo, Pat Carrigan and Thomas Flegler on Origin duty as well as Te Maire Martin (ribs) and Corey Jensen (calf).
Tesi Niu takes over at fullback, Jordan Pereira on the wing and Keenan Palasia and Ryan James are the new props. Payne Haas is out of Origin Three with AC joint problems in both shoulders and he is expected to miss the Broncos' next two games.
Zac Hosking will make his NRL debut in the second row alongside Jordan Riki with Kobe Hetherington into the starting side at lock for Carrigan.
Cory Paix (knee) and Tyson Gamble (leg) return from injury on the bench.
Dragons: Francis Molo will start in the forwards, with Jack De Belin moving to the bench. Winger Mat Feagai is fit to play, despite concerns over a knee injury this week. Tautau Moga will be 18th man. Jayden Sullivan takes over at halfback in place Ben Hunt in the only other change to the side that beat the Raiders last weekend.
Match: Broncos v Dragons
Round 17 -
Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi NiuFullback for Dragons is number 1 Cody Ramsey
Winger for Broncos is number 5 Jordan PereiraWinger for Dragons is number 2 Mathew Feagai
Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni StaggsCentre for Dragons is number 3 Moses Suli
Centre for Broncos is number 4 Brenko LeeCentre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
Winger for Broncos is number 18 Delouise HoeterWinger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Ezra MamFive-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Talatau Amone
Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Adam ReynoldsHalfback for Dragons is number 7 Jayden Sullivan
Prop for Broncos is number 8 Keenan PalasiaProp for Dragons is number 10 Blake Lawrie
Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Billy WaltersHooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
Prop for Broncos is number 10 Ryan JamesProp for Dragons is number 15 Francis Molo
2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Zac Hosking2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Jack Bird
2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
Lock for Broncos is number 13 Kobe HetheringtonLock for Dragons is number 13 Tariq Sims
Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory PaixInterchange for Dragons is number 8 Jack De Belin
Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Rhys KennedyInterchange for Dragons is number 14 Moses Mbye
Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Xavier WillisonInterchange for Dragons is number 18 Jaiyden Hunt
Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Tyson GambleInterchange for Dragons is number 20 Josh Kerr
Replacement for Broncos is number 20 Deine MarinerReplacement for Dragons is number 19 Tautau Moga
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Senior Review Official: Adam Gee
Kotoni Staggs v Moses Suli: With 62 tackle breaks in 14 games Staggs has been as potent as ever in 2022 while Suli is putting together a fine season under Anthony Griffin at the Red V. Staggs was part of the first Origin game for NSW but has since lost his spot, a blow for him personally but a bonus for Brisbane as they set sail towards September. Staggs has the speed and footwork advantage but Suli has the power to steamroll defenders so their battle shapes as an intriguing one.
The Broncos and Dragons are well off the pace when it comes to offloads delivered this season, opting for a more safety first approach as their big men tuck the ball under the wing and take the metres up the middle. Brisbane sit 13th in the NRL with 126 offloads and the Dragons 15th with 122. The Eels sit on top with 200 offloads, just ahead of Canberra (197).
Match: Broncos v Dragons
Round 17 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane