Using up one of their 'get out of jail' cards last week, the Sharks will be looking for your old fashioned 'get in front and stay there' type of wins against the Broncos.
Still, coming from 20-6 down to win 24-20 against the Panthers must have instilled a new lease of life in John Morris' men, who were due for a little injection of faith considering the side's mounting casualty list of rep players.
The Broncos meanwhile are well outside the eight from a 1-5 start to the year. But they are back at Suncorp Stadium and they are third in the NRL for kick-return metres, behind the Storm and Rabbitohs.
Still the Broncos are only averaging three tries a game, which seems at odds for a side with Corey Oates, Darius Boyd and Jamayne Isaako as their back three.
Match: Broncos v Sharks
Round 7 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Broncos: James Roberts returning to the starting side and Kotoni Staggs heads to the bench. Tevita Pangai is back from suspension as the starting lock, while Matt Lodge starts at prop and Joe Ofahengaue joins Thomas Flegler and David Fifita on the bench.
Sharks: A late change with Josh Dugan scratched before kick-off and Ronaldo Mulitalo making his debut. With back-rower Briton Nikora suspended Scott Sorensen gets the nod to start in Nikora's place, while Jayson Bukuya has been elevated to the bench after being overlooked for last week's win over Penrith.
Match: Broncos v Sharks
Round 7 -
Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius BoydFullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey OatesWinger for Sharks is number 2 Sosaia Feki
Centre for Broncos is number 3 James RobertsCentre for Sharks is number 3 Bronson Xerri
Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jack BirdCentre for Sharks is number 4 Josh Morris
Winger for Broncos is number 5 Jamayne IsaakoWinger for Sharks is number 18 Ronaldo Mulitalo
Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony MilfordFive-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Kodi NikorimaHalfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
Prop for Broncos is number 8 Payne HaasProp for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Andrew McCulloughHooker for Sharks is number 9 Jayden Brailey
Prop for Broncos is number 21 Matthew LodgeProp for Sharks is number 10 Matt Prior
2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Scott Sorensen
2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Matt Gillett2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Kurt Capewell
Lock for Broncos is number 13 Tevita Pangai JuniorLock for Sharks is number 13 Paul Gallen
Interchange for Broncos is number 10 Joe OfahengaueInterchange for Sharks is number 14 Blayke Brailey
Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Kotoni StaggsInterchange for Sharks is number 15 Jayson Bukuya
Interchange for Broncos is number 15 David FifitaInterchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Thomas FleglerInterchange for Sharks is number 17 Braden Hamlin-Uele
- Referee: Henry Perenara
- Referee: Tim Roby
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
The Sharks premiership-winning centre Jack Bird, now at the Broncos on the left edge, taking on the new Shire sensation in Bronson Xerri, who scored his first NRL try on the right side last weekend. The pair would be very familiar with each other from opposed training sessions in the past, but this is a whole new ball game.
For the Broncos to win
Second rowers Alex Glenn and Matt Gillett are starting to assert their authority in organising the Broncos defence, and providing a little attacking sting on the edges. Gillett has already scored two tries, with Glenn crossing for one as well. The Sharks have lost backrower Briton Nikora to a one-game suspension, with Scott Sorensen named as his replacement.
For the Sharks to win
Shaun Johnson is third in the NRL for line break assists, and his halves partner Chad Townsend is second to Rooster Luke Keary in support plays. It makes this energetic pair the source of much of their side's spark, so they just need Matt Prior and Andrew Fifita to continue charging up front.
Brett Kimmorley says
Mr Seibold is asking for patience in the process going forward, but at some stage you have to start looking at how many games can they drop and still go on and make the top eight. The Broncos aren’t a rebuilding club. The Sharks were tough at the end of the game last week and Shaun Johnson was really good. Please give the ball the Bronson Xerri in some space. Sharks by 4
The Sharks lead the NRL in line breaks with 31, ahead of the Warriors and Roosters. But they are in equal fourth place in the number of tries they score. It's clear the Sharks can be a menace for defenders but as a team they keep hopping and out of the eight. It's been a long time since the Broncos didn't lead any team stat in attack or defence with a quarter of the season played - but that's the case for 2019.
And another thing ...
Anthony Milford will play his 150th game when the Sharks come to town. The majority were with the Broncos after 42 games with the Raiders.