The Broncos will be trying to put the smile back on coach Kevin Walters' face and prove him wrong in his assessment of them being physically and mentally "soft" in their capitulation to Manly last week.
But in trying to turn around that 44-point loss, one team the Broncos would least like to meet is the Roosters who are scoring an average 28 points per game.
Despite losing such key members like Jake Friend, Luke Keary, Brett Morris, and Lindsay Collins - all Origin players - Trent Robinson's men can still send shivers down the spine of most teams with just three losses in 10 games to date.
The Roosters turned a 31-18 loss against the Eels into a 30-16 win over the high-flying Cowboys in the space of a week.
Match: Roosters v Broncos
Round 11 -
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground*, Sydney
Roosters: Teen prodigy Joseph Suaalii will start in the centres after Josh Morris was omitted an hour before kick-off. It will be a much-anticipated debut for the 17-year-old.
Trent Robinson confirmed on Thursday that Suaalii would play.
"It's been really clear to all of us that Joseph has been ready for the last few weeks, and it's time for him to start his journey in the NRL this weekend," Robinson said.
Egan Butcher will be the 18th man.
Forwards Sitili Tupouniua and Angus Crichton are free to play after being assessed with fines following their high tackle and dangerous contact charges.
Daniel Suluka-Fifita and Naufahu Whyte were the first two players cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off and Fletcher Baker came onto the bench.
The Roosters scored 117 points in home and away wins over the Broncos in 2020 and fullback James Tedesco has scored eight tries in his past seven games at the SCG.
Broncos: Super League returnee Albert Kelly is the new five-eighth after coach Kevin Walters again lost patience with inconsistent playmaker Anthony Milford in the wake of Brisbane's humiliating loss to Manly.
Centre Herbie Farnworth was forced out by hamstring tightness on Friday with Dale Copley into the starting side after the Broncos were granted an exemption to add Richard Kennar to their 21-man squad.
Kennar was omitted an hour before kick-off with Teui Robati the 18th man.
In other changes, last week's 18th man Keenan Palasia will add to the two career games he played in 2019 as the replacement for suspended back-rower Jordan Riki, David Mead comes on to one wing in place of former Origin star Corey Oates, and hooker Kobe Hetherington, son of former Origin rake Jason, has been named to make his NRL debut off the bench.
Brendan Piakura and Danny Levi dropped out of the squad 24 hours before kick-off.
The Broncos, who have not won in Sydney since round 16, 2019 and have lost 14 consecutive games away from Suncorp Stadium, have another opportunity to claim the 500th win in the club’s history.
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Broncos is number 1 Jamayne Isaako
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Broncos is number 2 Xavier Coates
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Broncos is number 4 Jesse Arthars
Centre for Roosters is number 21 Joseph SuaaliiCentre for Broncos is number 19 Dale Copley
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt IkuvaluWinger for Broncos is number 5 David Mead
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Lachlan LamFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Albert Kelly
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam WalkerHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Tyson Gamble
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Ben MarschkeHooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Isaac LiuProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Keenan Palasia
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor RadleyLock for Broncos is number 13 Thomas Flegler
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Adam KeighranInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Kobe Hetherington
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat ButcherInterchange for Broncos is number 15 John Asiata
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Siosiua TaukeiahoInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Ethan Bullemor
Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Fletcher BakerInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Rhys Kennedy
Reserve for Roosters is number 20 Egan ButcherReserve for Broncos is number 18 TC Robati
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Touch Judge: Keiren Irons
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall
Angus Crichton v Tevita Pangai jnr: Considering the former has made 27 tackle busts to the latter's 28, that's a contest worth watching.
Crichton upped the ante a little last weekend, scoring a double to add to the impressive 133 metres he makes per game. But Pangai jnr has popped 26 offloads this year, or more than double that of Crichton.
The Broncos have won three of their past six contests with the Roosters dating back to 2018, but suffered two heavy losses last year. The 59-0 loss in June 2020 remains the club's biggest in the NRL.
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