After a couple of big wins over the Cowboys and Bulldogs, the Tigers suffered back-to-back losses to the Panthers and Rabbitohs to slip to 4-5 for the season.
But they weren't far off in either of those defeats and coach Michael Maguire isn't the type to push the panic button.
The Tigers have shown they can compete with almost every team for 60 or 70 minutes but are yet to prove they are a consistent 80-minute threat.
The Broncos finally saw some sunshine after snapping a six-game losing run with last week's victory over the Bulldogs but their fans might need a little more convincing after enduring the toughest losing period in club history.
Match: Wests Tigers v Broncos
Round 10 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Wests Tigers: Michael Maguire's side will start 1-17 after Oliver Clark and Michael Chee-Kam were the two players dropped from the squad an hour before kick-off. Josh Aloiai, David Nofoaluma and assistant coach Brett Hodgson were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday because they live in south-western Sydney suburbs that have been identified as hotspots.
Veteran playmaker Benji Marshall and young five-eighth Billy Walters are the new starting halves duo. Tommy Talau returns from a hamstring injury on the wing in place of Reece Hoffman. Hoffman and Shawn Blore were omitted from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off. Wests Tigers have won two of their past six games at Leichhardt.
Broncos: Richie Kennar will play his first game at centre for the Broncos this year against Wests Tigers on Friday night. Herbie Farnworth, who suffered a bad cork in the win over the Bulldogs, failed a fitness test on Thursday morning. Reserves Tom Dearden and Rhys Kennedy were the two players omitted an hour before kick-off. Along with Farnworth, Tyson Gamble was the other player to drop out of the extended squad on Thursday night.
Ben Te'o will start in the back row for injured skipper Alex Glenn with Joe Ofahengaue back from suspension on the bench in the only change from last week's drought-breaking win over Canterbury.
Match: Wests Tigers v Broncos
Round 10 -
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam DoueihiFullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi Niu
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Broncos is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Chris LawrenceCentre for Broncos is number 4 Darius Boyd
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses MbyeCentre for Broncos is number 20 Richard Kennar
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy TalauWinger for Broncos is number 5 Xavier Coates
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Billy WaltersFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji MarshallHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie Croft
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiProp for Broncos is number 8 Tevita Pangai Junior
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry GrantHooker for Broncos is number 9 Issac Luke
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell PackerProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Ben Te'o
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Corey Oates
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew EisenhuthLock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Sam McIntyreInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Broncos is number 15 Thomas Flegler
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke BrooksInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Jamil Hopoate
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris McQueenInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Joe Ofahengaue
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Tim Roby
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
Harry Grant v Issac Luke. The young buck versus the old "Bully". One is on the rise and the other is in the twilight of a career that started with the Rabbitohs back in 2007.
Luke is with his fourth club after joining the Broncos a month ago and there are times when he shows glimpses of his crafty younger self. Grant has been a revelation since joining Wests Tigers from Melbourne.
The 22-year-old Queenslander made his NRL debut in 2018 and will be relishing his battle with a man 11 years his senior.
The Tigers overturned an 8-6 half-time deficit to upstage the Broncos 22-16 at Suncorp Stadium in their only meeting last season. Both teams desperately need to win on Friday night to keep their finals hopes afloat - Brisbane more so than the Tigers.
Winger David Nofoaluma has been in sizzling form for the Tigers this year and leads the NRL in tackle breaks (58). He also ranks in the top five in tries (eight), runs (174) and run metres (1778).