A desperate battle between 14th and 15th on the ladder and for the losing side the very real possibility of dropping to last should the Bulldogs manage to upset Souths on Sunday.
The Warriors have had any number of curve balls thrown at them since the competition resumed and their resolve was broken last weekend as the Storm piled on 50 points against them.
Life in Brisbane should be a cakewalk compared to what the Warriors are dealing with but five straight losses have left this proud club on their knees as the heat is turned up on coach Anthony Seibold and a star-studded roster playing like duds.
Seibold will be sweating on the availability of big man Matt Lodge as he looks to keep the wolves from the door with a much-needed win.
Match: Warriors v Broncos
Round 8 -
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
Warriors: Todd Payten has oved veteran Kiwi Peta Hiku to fullback to replace Roger Tuivasa-Sheck after his one-week shoulder charge ban was upheld at the judiciary on Tuesday night. Gerard Beale comes off the extended reserves list into the centres to fill out the backline. Isaiah Papali'i has been elevated to the interchange bench in favour of Josh Curran, who was omitted on Friday.
Karl Lawton starts in the forward pack with Adam Blair returning to prop and Agnatius Paasi shifting to the bench. Panther Jack Hetherington is on the bench after striking a loan deal with the club. King Vuniyayawa and Adam Pompey were the players to be cut from the squad on game day. The Warriors have won four from five at Central Coast Stadium.
Broncos: The Broncos will be without Matt Lodge against the Warriors on Saturday night with the prop succumbing to a knee injury suffered against the Titans. Thomas Flegler - in his first game back from suspension - moves into the starting line-up with Corey Oates earning a reprieve on the bench after initially being named as a reserve.
Jamayne Isaako has earlier been named in Oates's usual spot on the wing. Pat Carrigan returns from suspension at lock in place of the suspended Joe Ofahengaue. Cory Paix was omitted on Friday and Richie Kennar and Jamil Hopoate were trimmed from the squad an hour before kick-off. The Broncos have lost both games on the Central Coast this season.
Fullback for Warriors is number 3 Peta HikuFullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi Niu
Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'aWinger for Broncos is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Patrick HerbertCentre for Broncos is number 3 Herbie Farnworth
Centre for Warriors is number 22 Gerard BealeCentre for Broncos is number 4 Darius Boyd
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken MaumaloWinger for Broncos is number 5 Xavier Coates
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi NikorimaFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake GreenHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie Croft
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Broncos is number 9 Issac Luke
Prop for Warriors is number 13 Adam BlairProp for Broncos is number 15 Thomas Flegler
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jack Murchie2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
2nd Row for Warriors is number 16 Karl Lawton2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
Lock for Warriors is number 12 Tohu HarrisLock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
Interchange for Warriors is number 10 Agnatius PaasiInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Tom Dearden
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Chanel Harris-TavitaInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Rhys Kennedy
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Jack HetheringtonInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Ben Te'o
Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Isaiah Papali'iInterchange for Broncos is number 18 Corey Oates
Kodi Nikorima v Brodie Croft. Up against his old side, Warriors pivot Nikorima will be determined to upstage Broncos halfback Croft, who is wearing his old No.7 jersey. Croft, like the whole Brisbane team, is under pressure to perform.
The Broncos have conceded an average of 29.8 points per match so far in 2020, while the Warriors are marginally better at 26. They’re first (Brisbane) and third (Warriors) in the competition in this category.