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Brisbane fans were shaking their heads wondering what was in store when Manly led 6-0 for most of the first half last week.

The Broncos got their act together in the second half to claim their third win of the season, though it remains to be seen if they can put two 80-minute performances together.

In the red, white and blue corner on Friday night are the Roosters, who kept hold of top spot with their Magic Round victory over the Raiders.

Trent Robinson has the premiers humming along nicely and the scary part is he still believes they have plenty of room for improvement.

The Rundown

Team news

Broncos: A late swap an hour before kick-off with Tevita Pangai jnr coming into the starting side and Thomas Flegler moving to the bench. The loss of centre Jack Bird (knee) for the season has forced a reshuffle with Gehamat Shibasaki moving from the wing into the centres and Jamayne Isaako returning on the wing after being dropped last week. James Segeyaro is set to make his club debut, while James Roberts and Jaydn Su'A were trimmed from the extended bench 24 hours before kick-off. Patrick Carrigan and Sean O'Sullivan were cut an hour before game time.

Roosters: Boyd Cordner (concussion) is replaced by Mitchell Aubusson in the back row. Lindsay Collins comes onto the bench. Daniel Tupou (neck) is out of Friday's clash due to the Roosters short five-day turnaround, with English recruit Ryan Hall named to replace him on the wing in what will be his first appearance since an ACL injury playing for Leeds last year. Brock Lamb dropped off the reserves list on Thursday. Sam Verrills was omitted an hour before kick-off.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Gehamat Shibasaki
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
    Winger for Roosters is number 21 Ryan Hall
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Tom Dearden
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk


  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Victor Radley
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Mitchell Aubusson
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Matt Gillett
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton
  • Lock for Broncos is number 16 Tevita Pangai Junior
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu


  • Interchange for Broncos is number 13 Thomas Flegler
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 David Fifita
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Joe Ofahengaue
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Lindsay Collins
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 18 James Segeyaro
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Sitili Tupouniua

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Referee: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key match-up

A huge test for teenage halfback Tom Dearden against one of the all-time greats in Cooper Cronk, who will be salivating at the prospect of schooling the Broncos rookie. Dearden looked more comfortable last week than he did on debut in round 8 and will have to make sure he isn't overawed against Cronk.

For the Broncos to win

Coach Anthony Seibold will be imploring his players to start well after they allowed the Sea Eagles to get the jump on them last week. Jake Turpin has to hold his own in his clash with the ultra-competitive Victor Radley, while the young Brisbane pack needs to stay focused against the likes of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Siosiua Taukeiaho.

For the Roosters to win

The Roosters have traditionally found the Broncos to be a stumbling block but they appear to have a clear edge for this meeting - both physically and mentally. As long as the Chooks don't allow complacency to slip in, they should have too much firepower for the Broncos.

Brett Kimmorley says

This is a big test for the Broncos. They get James Segayaro who I think will be exciting for them – I think he's a great ball-runner and a good ball-player, he'll add a bit of threat out of dummy half. It took Anthony Seibold about five or six games last year to get South Sydney firing and it's now taken nine games to get the Broncos moving towards their best – but they'll need to be at their best because the Roosters are the benchmark: great defensively, enormous line speed, strong forwards. They've lost a couple of players but with their ability to win the arm wrestle and with Cronk, Keary and Tedesco in superb form they'll be too good. Roosters by 10.

Stat Attack

Latrell Mitchell is the NRL's top point-scorer (109), Luke Keary is equal first in try assists (11), while James Tedesco has made the most tackle breaks (55). On the down side, Keary and Tedesco occupy the top two spots in handling errors with 14 apiece. Corey Oates has the equal most errors (20), while Alex Glenn and Matt Gillett have the most ineffective tackles (22) to their name.

And another thing ... 

Depending who you listen to, James Roberts is either in for the long haul at Brisbane or he'll be gone before the season is out. If Wayne Bennett is to be believed, Roberts will see out his contract with the Broncos and won't be on the market until the end of 2021. The onus is on Roberts to prove his heart is still in it and regain his spot in the Brisbane backline.

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