Brisbane Broncos Women (@1.62) vs St George Women (@2.38)
06-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Brisbane Broncos Women will win

Brisbane Broncos Women – St George Women Match Prediction | 06-10-2019 01:05

Gareth Widdop holds the key to victory for the Red V, hes their captain and their best player so much will be riding on his shoulders. His team mates will also benefit from having him out on the field with them, knowing that the English play maker is capable of that big play at the crucial moment will help lift the team morale and belief.

Instead, Milford and Nikorima need to back their forward pack, with players like Sam Thaiday, Matt Lodge and the youngster Tevita Pangai Junior to do the job, get it done up the middle and keep them on the attack. From there, its about winning the territory battle and controlling the game through a use of repeat sets and pressure.

For the Dragons to win: Gareth Widdop needs to play with the flair and freedom which had Paul McGregor's men flying high only eight weeks ago. If he is rusty and fails to gel with Hunt then it could be curtains. Widdop is the heartbeat of the side and if his running game and kicking are on song then the Dragons can fire a warning shot across the bow of the other finalists.

David Fifita will start in the second row after Alex Glenn (calf) was ruled out on Saturday. Sam Tagataese and Gehamat Shibasaki were omitted an hour before kick-off. Andrew McCullough (concussion) returns at hooker, allowing Josh McGuire to revert to lock. Broncos: In a late change, Joe Ofahengaue will start at prop, with Matt Lodge dropping back to the bench.

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Many experts believe Brisbane are the form team in the competition and could be a serious premiership threat. After disappointing losses to the Bulldogs and Cowboys, Brisbane rebounded to beat competition favourites the Rabbitohs and Roosters before hammering Manly in their final game. The Broncos are in irresistible form going into the finals with super coach Wayne Bennetts future uncertain. The seven time premiership winner has been able to use all the negative press surrounding the club to galvanise the playing group.

Lock Jack De Belin has been named despite sporting a moonboot on an injured ankle or foot on Tuesday. Dragons: The Dragons will start the match 1-17, with Jason Nightingale and Hame Sele dropped from the squad an hour before the game time. Captain Gareth Widdop (elbow) returns at five-eighth, bumping Kurt Mann to the bench and Jai Field out of the squad, in the only listed change from last week.

But again like his team mates Hunts form has slumped and he seems void of confidence and ideas, which has fans and critics alike questioning his ability to handle the pressure situations. Hunt couldnt ask for a better opportunity to prove his critics wrong up against his old side, in front of his old fans in an elimination finals match. The stage is set for Hunt to either buckle under the pressure or rise to occasion and prove the doubters wrong.

In saying this I expect Brisbane to have too much fire power and running in their legs for St. George and in turn I expect Brisbane to come home strong and win. Despite their poor form of late I expect the Dragons to come firing and put in a much improved performance, knowing that a loss will end their season theyll leave nothing out on the field and go for broke.

They are down on key troops but still stringing wins together and coming off a good home victory against the Bulldogs. Many of us (myself included) wrote Manly off for this season after seeing their roster, however they have are firmly in the top eight a third of the way through the season with five wins from eight with wins over heavyweights Souths and Canberra.

2019 NRL Women's season results

George will need to weather the early onslaught from the Broncos crowd and forward pack otherwise they risk losing the game in the early stages, one feels the longer the Dragons can stay in the contest the better their chances are of winning. St. With a big crowd expected for Sam Thaidays last ever game at Suncorp Stadium the Broncos will be full of energy in the opening stages.

St George-Illawarra welcome back captain and five-eighth Gareth Widdop to their starting lineup after he missed the previous three matches.Widdops inclusion is a massive boost to the joint venture club as he will bring the confidence and swagger theyve been missing in his absence, whilst also providing support to the struggling Ben Hunt. Jack de Belin is the big worry for the Dragons with pictures of him on crutches and a moon boot surfacing on Tuesday, the clubs believe he will be fine to play, most likely needing a needle to ease the pain.

Gareth Widdops back, but the Dragons need their forwards to fire for it to matterGareth Widdops return is the factor most Dragons fans will be pointing to saying they have a chance. Thats not strictly true, because they need improvement all across the park, but it is true Widdop has had a damn good season in the Red V.

For the Broncos things have changed a lot since that first round defeat and their early season struggles, theyre now the form side of the competition riding on the back of their young and powerful forward pack. Their much maligned halves pairing of Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima have also caught fire and found form at the right time of the season.

Ben Hunt has been the man under the microscope at the Dragons and his showdown with Kodi Nikorima will be critical. Key match-up: The forward battle will be immense as the big men look to lay a platform for the playmakers. Nikorima is growing in confidence every week whereas Hunt's confidence has been eaten away during the past six weeks.