NRL Finals Week 2 Preview: Star-Studded Broncos To Keep Grand Final Dream Alive


Brisbane v Penrith | Friday, September 15, 8pm (AEST), Suncorp Stadium

Looking at the fearless way Penrith played last week, the Broncos should be very worried.

The Broncos are odds-on favourites to win this and no-one is giving the Panthers much hope.

Darius Boyd is under an injury cloud but it’s all or nothing at this stage of the year and if you rest him and lose, you could be left wondering.

On the other hand, if you play him and just win and then lose him for the next game, it’s all over for the rest of the year.

This will be a sell-out and a capacity crowd will give the Broncos a huge advantage.

A lot of the Panthers players haven’t played in front of huge crowds and it does add a lot more pressure.

Anthony Milford (pictured above) has to have the game of his life.

He was a little all over the place last week and went missing in crucial plays.

Despite speculation Matt Moylan might play for the Panthers, I don’t think he will play and from what I understand, he's not in the right frame of mind. 

It was great to see Bryce Cartwright (pictured above) back in some amazing form last week and I expect him to continue to have a similar sort of impact this week and attack the line and support Nathan Cleary

This will be a fast game. 

The forwards will be up at each other and if there are no stoppages in play, expect some early changes from the bench.  

The Verdict

The Broncos have the most to lose.

They have a star-studded team and should be playing against the top two teams at the end of the season.

Unibet Odds: Brisbane 1.40 Penrith 3.00

Tip: Brisbane 

Line tip: Penrith +7.5

Parramatta v North Queensland | Saturday, September 16, 8pm (AEST), ANZ Stadium

The Eels' match against the Storm was an amazing game.

How great is it to see the Eels in the finals and making a statement.

The Cowboys played well and will be pushing the Eels from the start. 

It would be a massive advantage for the Eels if fullback Bevan French (pictured above) can play as he has the ability to read the plays and give other players a boost.

When French is on the field, he opens up their attacking options and makes the defence guess. 

Parra started quickly against the Storm and they’ll play the same game against the Cowboys and it’ll work out for them this time. 

It was very surprising to see the Cowboys overcome the defending premiers and in doing so, they showed they’re not just here to make up the numbers.

It was a game that should have shown the rest of the NRL they can play without Jonathan Thurston.

The Michael Morgan (pictured above) experience will be a huge factor for the Cowboys but Eels playmaker Corey Norman (pictured below) has more support in attack and he can have a break if needed running the ball out to Mitchell Moses.  

The Verdict

The Eels should win this one as their backs are the best in the competition, it’s that simple. 

Unibet Odds: Parramatta 1.33 North Queensland 3.40

Tip: Parramatta

Line tip: Parramatta -8.5

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