How good is Thursday night footy? More NRL, more Moneyball comps and it almost feels like the weekend has started early. The Broncos have ridden down to Win Stadium to take on the Dragons for tonight’s game and the match could be a season defining clash for both clubs.
The Broncos have hit a form slump of momentous proportions, trotting around looking more like Shetland ponies than the charging stallions that were the early competition pace setters this year. It’s a strange time for the Broncos, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason behind the dramatic dip in form but the pressure is building on super coach Wayne Bennett to weave his magic and stop the rot.
The Dragons have had a rough time of it this season and unless they can win tonight will have to all but shut the door on 2016. To make things worse, the Red V have lost gun back-rower Tyson Frizell to a weeks suspension for can what only be deemed as a brutal attack on one of our esteemed match officials (NOT). Despite their woes, the Dragons will be targeting a win in this game in this game as a way of clinging to a slim finals hope.
Jack De Belin ($7,700)
The lock with the questionable blonde topknot has really upped his game this year but the red V will need him to step up even further to try and soften the blow from losing Origin rep, Frizell. The 25-year old forward is big, powerful and skilful, so much so that he filled in in the halves earlier this season. De Belin’s 1 try, 2 line break assists, 14 busts and an average of 39 tackles and near 100 run metres show just how good he can be.
Kurt Mann ($7,000)
Kurt made the moving from Melbourne to Wollongong this year and Mann has he been killing it for the Red V this year! The 23 year-old utility back has notched up 8 tries, 8 line breaks, 2 line break assists, 93 run metres a game, 25 busts and 5 offloads, not bad considering the stumbling Dragons attacking unit. Whomever is give the task of Mann marking Kurt will have to be on their game tonight, that’s for sure.
Darius Boyd ($7,600)
The Broncos are in dire need of some forceful leadership, they need someone to stand up, assert dominance and drag them back into the winner’s circle. Enter Darius Boyd. The 29 year-old, 240 game veteran fullback isn’t known for his dominance and forceful nature but that’s exactly what his team, namely his young halves, need right now. Boyd has finally been given the Kangaroos and Maroons fullback jersey he’s coveted for so long and his 8 tries, 11 try assists, 14 line break assists, 31 busts, 8 line breaks and an average of 118 run metres for the Broncos show why. This is the time for Darius Boyd to show his true mettle.
Matt Gillett ($7,400)
Gillett has recovered from injury and been cleared to return in what is a huge boost for a Broncos side who are lacking punch in attack and some starch in defence, two attributes that Gillett offers up in spades. The 27 year-old, Bribie Island junior has racked up 146 games for the Broncs and before resigning recently, he was one of the hottest commodities on the market. The tall, rangy, somewhat awkward running back-rower is a defensive nightmare for most teams and his 3 tries, 27 busts, 9 offloads, 4 line breaks show just how touch he can be to contain.
I’ve tipped the Broncos every time recently and they’ve let me down but I think tonight’s the night they sort out whatever it is that’s holding them back and break through for the win. Broncos by 8.
That’s all there is today Moneyballers! Keep an eye out for the other previews and comps coming your way over the weekend. Remember to like, share and comment. Good luck Moneyballers!