After being overpowered by the red-hot Eels, Brisbane have another chance to prove they can hang with the elite teams when they host premiers Sydney Roosters.
The back-to-back champs started the season 0-2 but sounded a warning shot to the rest of the competition last weekend by clinically disposing of South Sydney.
The spoils were shared when the Broncos and Roosters met twice in 2019, with the Tricolours recording a thumping 36-4 victory before Brisbane upstaged them 15-10 later in the year.
Match: Broncos v Roosters
Round 4 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Broncos: Hooker Jake Turpin has been ruled out after failing to overcome a leg injury. Cory Paix will make his debut, starting at hooker. Jesse Arthars replaces the suspended Kotoni Staggs at centre with Herbie Farnworth on the wing, and Ethan Bullemor starts for Alex Glenn (leg cut) in the back row. Fanitesi Niu and Rhys Kennedy join the bench. Xavier Coates and Tom Dearden drop off the extended bench. Pride Petterson-Robati was also omitted from the squad 24 hours before kick-off. The Broncos have won three of their past four games against the Roosters.
Roosters: James Tedesco has been ruled out after waking up on Thursday with a temperature. Under the NRL's bio-security rules, anyone with a temperature above 37.2 degrees cannot enter a match venue. Brett Morris shifts to fullback with Ryan Hall on the wing. Siosiua Taukeiaho starts at prop, with Lindsay Collins moving to the interchange and Sitili Tupouniua dropping out of the 17. Mitchell Aubusson and Lachlam Lam were not listed when the Roosters cut their squad back to 19 on Wednesday night.
Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Jamayne IsaakoFullback for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey OatesWinger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
Centre for Broncos is number 3 Jesse ArtharsCentre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
Centre for Broncos is number 4 Darius BoydCentre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
Winger for Broncos is number 5 Herbie FarnworthWinger for Roosters is number 20 Ryan Hall
Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony MilfordFive-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie CroftHalfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
Prop for Broncos is number 8 Thomas FleglerProp for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Hooker for Broncos is number 18 Cory PaixHooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne HaasProp for Roosters is number 18 Siosiua Taukeiaho
2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Ethan Bullemor2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jamil Hopoate2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton
Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick CarriganLock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Tesi NiuInterchange for Roosters is number 10 Lindsay Collins
Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Joe OfahengaueInterchange for Roosters is number 14 Sam Verrills
Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Rhys KennedyInterchange for Roosters is number 15 Isaac Liu
Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Matthew LodgeInterchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Video Referee: Ben Galea
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
Opposing halfbacks Kyle Flanagan and Brodie Croft can relate to one another. Born one year apart, the youngsters arrived at their clubs in the pre-season and are tasked with marshalling the proud teams around the park. Croft was outstanding in round one, while Flanagan found his feet last weekend. The No.7 that shows the most composure will help their side massively.