Brisbane Broncos Women (@1.62) vs St George Women (@2.38)
06-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Brisbane Broncos Women will win

Brisbane Broncos Women – St George Women Match Prediction | 06-10-2019 01:05

In stark contrast to their opponents this week, St George-Illawarra are in a form slump and seem to be a shadow of the side that was tearing through their competition in the early parts of the season. But its a new competition starting this week so maybe the smell of finals football will help the Dragons find their fire once again. Despite beating Newcastle on the weekend the Dragons are still searching for that formula that had them running like a well oiled machine during the early rounds, their attack seems void of ideas and their forwards have lost their bite.

Thats more drama that Brisbane didnt need and now we see Jake Turpin starting at hooker to cover Macca as well as some reshuffling to their forwards as well as Anthony Seibold tries to find out what he needs to do to get away from the bottom four. Big news out of Brisbane this week with Andrew McCullough going down with a suspected MCL injury and James Roberts out of the team as well.

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For the Dragons to win: Gareth Widdop needs to play with the flair and freedom which had Paul McGregor's men flying high only eight weeks ago. If he is rusty and fails to gel with Hunt then it could be curtains. Widdop is the heartbeat of the side and if his running game and kicking are on song then the Dragons can fire a warning shot across the bow of the other finalists.

Josh McGuire plays his prefered position of lock, with Joe Ofahengaue back to the bench alongside David Fifita, who is replaced by the returning Alex Glenn. The Broncos have welcomed back Andrew McCullough for the finals after he missed last week with a nasty concussion. The man out of the side is Kontoni Staggs. It means Jake Turpin has been excluded entirely.

But again like his team mates Hunts form has slumped and he seems void of confidence and ideas, which has fans and critics alike questioning his ability to handle the pressure situations. Hunt couldnt ask for a better opportunity to prove his critics wrong up against his old side, in front of his old fans in an elimination finals match. The stage is set for Hunt to either buckle under the pressure or rise to occasion and prove the doubters wrong.

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Gareth Widdop holds the key to victory for the Red V, hes their captain and their best player so much will be riding on his shoulders. His team mates will also benefit from having him out on the field with them, knowing that the English play maker is capable of that big play at the crucial moment will help lift the team morale and belief.

Haas spent the first part of this season suspended but since hes been back in the team he is showing us that the hype is real. Martin Taupau has been his usual self so far with running over people, busting tackles and throwing offloads. By all reports he is up there with the fittest players at the club and Seibold even has the option of playing him for the full 80 minutes, which is incredible for a front rower. Hugely talented and possessing similar barnstorming skills as Taupau, perhaps the most impressive part of this young guy is his massive motor. He comes up this week against another beast in Payne Haas.

Facing up against the experience of Brisbane Broncos Darius Boyd in the first round will raise an early challenge for the 22-year-old.For Dufty, this head-to-head contest between youth and experience will determine how he compares to one of the best in the game. Dragons fullback Matthew Dufty has shown promising potential and has gathered plenty of hype coming into the season.

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Mann will instead play from the bench in number 16. Tariq Sims gets the nod in the back-row after both he and Luciano Leilua were battling for the vacant spot during the pre-season.After Kurt Mann was considered as an outside chance to play in the centres, it is team-mate Euan Aitken who has been given the green light to start for the Dragons.

Ben Hunt has been the man under the microscope at the Dragons and his showdown with Kodi Nikorima will be critical. Key match-up: The forward battle will be immense as the big men look to lay a platform for the playmakers. Nikorima is growing in confidence every week whereas Hunt's confidence has been eaten away during the past six weeks.

When McCullough went down injured last year, I wrote the Broncos wouldnt win the premiership from that moment forward. Most shared my view of things, and while he hasnt been quite as dominant this year, he has still been very good, especially in the last month or so, coming good with consistency alongside the rest of the Broncos side.

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St George-Illawarra welcome back captain and five-eighth Gareth Widdop to their starting lineup after he missed the previous three matches.Widdops inclusion is a massive boost to the joint venture club as he will bring the confidence and swagger theyve been missing in his absence, whilst also providing support to the struggling Ben Hunt. Jack de Belin is the big worry for the Dragons with pictures of him on crutches and a moon boot surfacing on Tuesday, the clubs believe he will be fine to play, most likely needing a needle to ease the pain.

In saying this I expect Brisbane to have too much fire power and running in their legs for St. George and in turn I expect Brisbane to come home strong and win. Despite their poor form of late I expect the Dragons to come firing and put in a much improved performance, knowing that a loss will end their season theyll leave nothing out on the field and go for broke.