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The Broncos are outside the top four only on points differential while the Titans have slumped to 13th and are desperate to turn their season around.

Even without chief playmaker Adam Reynolds the Broncos still got the job done in style in Newcastle to make it five wins on the bounce for the first time since 2017 and they look more like the real deal with each passing week.

Such is the confidence in the squad that Ezra Mam slotted in at halfback in the skipper's absence and did a fine job, the Broncos barely skipping a beat as they piled on six tries.

In contrast the Titans have dropped away alarmingly after a solid 2-2 start to the season, their latest loss coming on Sunday after they gave away a huge start to the Sharks and were unable to reel them in.

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The Rundown

Team news

Broncos: There are no late changes for the home side with Ezra Mam to get another game in the halves with Adam Reynolds (hamstring) left out as precaution after pulling up tight at training this week. The Broncos have a bye in round 13 meaning the skipper will get an additional week off and look to return against the Raiders on June 11. Delouise Hoeter was named as 18th man.

Titans: David Fifita will make his return from the knee injury he suffered in round eight. Fifita has been added to the bench with Sam McIntyre moving to the starting side in the second-row and Isaac Liu shifting to prop. Sam Lisone was named to start at prop after Moeaki Fotuaika (ankle) drops back to the interchange. Brian Kelly replaces Phil Sami (knee) in the backline while Jaimin Jolliffe comes onto the bench for Herman Ese'ese.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Te Maire Martin
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Corey Thompson
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Selwyn Cobbo
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Jamayne Isaako
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Tyson Gamble
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Alexander Brimson
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Ezra Mam
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton

Forwards

  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Corey Jensen
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Jarrod Wallace
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Billy Walters
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
    Prop for Titans is number 11 Isaac Liu
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kurt Capewell
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki
    2nd Row for Titans is number 16 Sam McIntyre
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Interchange

  • Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah Boyd
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Kobe Hetherington
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Thomas Flegler
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Keenan Palasia
    Interchange for Titans is number 23 David Fifita

Reserves

  • Replacement for Broncos is number 21 Delouise Hoeter
    Replacement for Titans is number 19 Aaron Booth

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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Key match-up

Payne Haas v Jarrod Wallace: The Broncos' forward leader continues to rack up enormous numbers and have an enormous impact on games in 2022. Haas is churning out 182 metres per game and has 24 tackle breaks to his name, continually carting the ball forward when all those around him are gasping for air. Wallace has scored three tries in the past two matches and his willingness to roll the sleeves up and rip is crucial to the Titans' hopes of an upset. The 30-year-old has played increased minutes in the past two games and the way he is playing the Ttans need him in the thick of the action as much as possible.

Stat Attack

The Broncos have missed 54 tackles across their past three games and conceded just 24 points to Souths (12), Manly (0) and Newcastle (12). The Titans have racked up 98 missed tackles across the past three weeks and conceded 85 points to the Roosters (44), Dragons (16) and Sharks (25).

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