Date: July 12 2012
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 9 2012 - Warriors 30 bt Broncos 20 at Mt Smart Stadium
Head-to-head: Broncos 18 Warriors 12
Referees: Ben Cummins and Chris James
TV: Channel 9, live in Brisbane, delay in Sydney (9.30pm)
TAB Sportsbet: Broncos $1.47 Warriors $2.75
FootyTab: Warriors +4.5
Greg Prichard writes: The Broncos are coming off the bye, and they would have needed the break after so many of their players took part in the State of Origin series. They will be keen to get back into a winning habit after losing two of their past three, but the Warriors have recorded some good wins against the Broncos over the years. The Warriors beat the Broncos 30-20 in Auckland in round nine.
AAP writes: The Broncos are fresh from the bye and with all of their Queensland stars fit and available as the Warriors return to the sunshine state for the second time in six days. Last week’s win over a depleted Gold Coast was not as convincing as the 32-14 scoreline suggests. However, the Warriors have won three of their past four games and, when confident, there is no more dangerous team in the NRL.
Key: Exciting prop Josh McGuire has been handed a first start at the expense of Ben Hannant, who is on the bench. Coach Anthony Griffin is hoping McGuire’s powerful running will unsettle the Warriors.
BRONCOS: Josh Hoffman, Gerard Beale, Alex Glenn, Justin Hodges, Dale Copley, Corey Norman, Peter Wallace, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Petero Civoniceva, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker. Interchange Ben Hunt, Ben Teo, Ben Hannant, Mitchell Dodds.
WARRIORS: Kevin Locke, Bill Tupou, Ben Henry, Lewis Brown, Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Russell Packer, Nathan Friend, Ben Matulino, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering, Elijah Taylor. Interchange (from): Omar Slaimankhel, Sione Lousi, Jacob Lillyman, Steve Rapira, Sebastine Ikahihifo
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