It’s Friday night; the NRL has lined up what should be an absolute belter of clash and as always Moneyball is helping out with some awesome comps and prizes for you to win. Tonight’s battle pits the Panthers up against the Broncos in a battle, which could cement either teams final aspirations.
The Panthers have stalked their way into Suncorp and are on the hunt for a top eight spot. The men from the foot of the mountain currently sit 9th on the ladder but they’ve run into some good form at the right time and could certainly find themselves playing finals footy this year.
For Wayne Bennett and the Broncos it’s time to right the ship that nearly capsized during the dreaded origin period. The Broncos finally have the full herd back together and they are furiously trying to buck the Origin curse that halted their strong early season charge. Tonight’s clash is pivotal for the Brissy boys who currently sit 6th on the ladder, and at home they will be tough to beat.
Josh Mansour ($8,700)
The bearded monster showed he had No lasting scars from the Origin series loss, playing nearly his best game of the year last round. Mansour has been one of the main attacking focal points for the Panthers and on his day he is nigh unstoppable. The burly winger currently leads the NRL with 18 line breaks as well as having 9 tries, 70 tackle busts, 12 offloads and chews up 168 run metres a game.
Trent Merrin ($9,400)
Trent Merrin has proven three things this year, 1. He’s punching well above his weight with fiancée Sally Fitzgibbons, 2. He does a very handy Borat impression (look it up) and finally 3. He should have been in the NSW Origin team. The big prop/ back rower didn’t even get a look in come Origin time, despite being close to the Panthers best and most consistent forward this year. The former Dragon turned Panther has 3 tries, 4 line breaks, 36 offloads, 30 tackle busts and averages 31 tackles and 140 run metres, showing all NSW fans what they missed out on this year.
Corey Oates ($6,100)
The 21-year-old looks like the lovechild of the tinman and a Clydesdale horse when he thunders down the flank for the Broncs. When he eventually grows into his lanky frame, Oates has been earmarked with a move into the back row but for now he’s one of the most damaging wingers running around. Oates made his Origin debut this year and was solid without being spectacular but he’s been nothing short of that for Brisbane racking up 12 tries, 17 line breaks, busting 29 tackles and using his loping running style to make over 128 run metres a game.
Ben Hunt ($7,100)
It’s no secret that the Broncos struggles have coincided with a drop in form for their undoubtedly brilliant yet young halves pairing of Hunt and Anthony Milford ($7,700). These two are the future of the Broncos and Queensland rugby league but first things first they need to get this year’s side back on track. Hunt is the Donald Duck to Milford’s Mickey Mouse, often taking the back seat in terms of the highlights but the kid can play. Hunt currently leads the NRL with 21 try assists and has 30 tackle busts, 16 offloads, 9 line breaks, 14 line break assists, makes 320 kicking metres a game and has crossed for 5 tries of his own.
Broncos will be too good at home and will win by 10.
That’s the final whistle for another week Moneyballers, now the real game begins, the weekend. Be sure to keep a wary eye on all the comps up on offer from Moneyball this weekend and remember to like, share and comment to keep us updated. Good luck Moneyballers!