Friday night footy this week puts two teams at opposite ends of the table up against each other as the Broncos welcome the Tigers to the Suncorp Stadium paddock. The Broncos have been bucking and stomping their way through the season, using a combo pure speed and power to overrun most other teams. The Tigers on the other hand look more like kittens as they have slumped to a 4-7 win loss record. Origin selections has have hit both teams, more so the Brisbane men but this game will be a good test of depth for both clubs.
Adam Blair ($5,400)
He’s been lambasted in the media for being dirty but with all of the big guns in Origin camp, Blair is now the go to man in the Broncos forward pack and Coach Wayne Bennett has shown the faith by handing him the captaincy reins. There’s no question the man once nicknamed ‘Teddy Blair’, after a horror drop in form is now the most improved player in the game. Blair, who lines up against his former club, has a serious point to prove and you can bet your bottom dollar that Blair will be taking out all of his frustrations on the hapless Tigers. Blair has 9 offloads and is averaging 20 tackles and 84 metres but you can expect those numbers to go way up now that he’s the leader of the Broncos herd.
Jo Ofahengaue ($4,200)
Joe is another one of the young guns set to benefit from the old bulls away at Origin camp. The 20 year old prop has come off the bench so far this year for the Broncos but gets his opportunity to start this week and he’ll be looking to rip in and make the most of the opportunity. The nephew of Wallaby great Willie O, Joey O has the same footy ethos that lead to his uncle being named the Tongan Torpedo. Ofahengaue has, in limited playing time, been averaging 81 run metres, 15 tackles and has 7 tackle busts and a try. Joey O is a rep player in waiting for sure.
Joshua Addo-Carr ($3,500)
In his 2 games for the Tigers this season, Addo-Carr has 27 runs for 250 metres, 5 tackle bust, 3 line breaks and 2 tries. Addo-Carr played in the Sharks NYC team before moving to Campbelltown and making the step up to first grade. The grandson of former Aussie boxing great Wally Carr, Josh has speed to burn so it’s no wonder he has already attracted attention from Craig Bellamy at the Storm.
Kevin Naiqama ($7,100)
The Fiji rep is one of the few men in orange who can be proud of their season so far. The younger brother of former NRL player Wes, Kevin has made his own name this year putting up some serious numbers in the stats department; 6 tries, 7 line breaks, 4 try assists, 26 tackle busts and is averaging 95 run metres. The man with the old school flat top will cause some headaches for a depleted Broncos team.
Broncos by 14+
Let’s be honest, this week’s games are basically a warm up for the big dance on Wednesday night but hey, there will still be some good footy and plenty of opportunities to top up that Moneyball bank account. Remember to like, share and comment to let us know who you picked for your team. Good luck Moneyballers and stay tuned for all the Origin comps and articles coming soon.