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Brisbane Broncos v NZ Warriors

Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm (AEST)

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Last meeting: Round 15 2014 - NZ Warriors 19 bt Broncos 10 at Mt Smart Stadium

Head-to-head: Broncos 19 NZ Warriors 15

Referees: Adam Devcich, Grant Atkins

TV: Live, FoxSports 1


Ladbrokes: Brisbane Broncos $1.73, New Zealand Warriors $2.18

Betfair: Brisbane Broncos $1.76, New Zealand Warriors $2.26

AAP writes:  The Warriors have won four of their last five to surge into finals contention but Origin was favourable to them, with no players involved. Brisbane are 3-4 this year at home and vulnerable there. The Warriors are an improved 3-5 on the road. Brisbane have given up a number of leads late in games and this is where the Warriors could get them. Utility Thomas Leuluai, who has had three months out with a groin injury, is a huge inclusion for the visitors.

Key: Sam Tomkins. The English fullback is really starting to come into his own for the Warriors in the second half of the season. He is in doubt with a hip injury but boarded the flight to Brisbane and could be the difference if he does play.

Tip: Broncos

BRONCOS: Ben Barba, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges (capt), Dale Copley, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker (capt), Alex Glenn, Corey Oates, Sam Thaiday. Interchange: Ben Hannant, David Hala, Todd Lowrie, Jake Granville, David Stagg (one to be omitted).

WARRIORS: Sam Tomkins, David Fusitu’a, Konrad Hurrell, Dane Nielsen, Manu Vatuvei, Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Nathan Friend, Suaia Matagi, Ben Henry, Simon Mannering (capt), Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Feleti Mateo, Ben Matulino, Agnatius Paasi, Thomas Leuluai, Jayson Bukuya (one to be omitted).