Round 18: 5 Things You Should Know
The 5 things you need to know about the round 18 clash between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium.
#1: PAST 8 CLASHES
Both sides have won four games each out of the past eight clashes and although the Brisbane Broncos have won the last three between these two sides, the Bulldogs have won three of the last four at ANZ Stadium with both sides holding a six and six record between the two at the home of the 2000 Olympic games.
2014: Brisbane 41 Bulldogs 10, Brisbane 18 Bulldogs 12
2013: Brisbane 16 Bulldogs 11, Bulldogs 24 Brisbane 14
2012: Bulldogs 22 Brisbane 14
2011: Brisbane 20 Bulldogs 12
2010: Bulldogs 36 Brisbane 18
2009: Bulldogs 44 Brisbane 22
#2: 5TH TACKLE SPECIALIST
The Brisbane Broncos have been the standout side all year with only three losses to their name, but it's been their attack that has set the season alight. They are number one in tries with 61, number one in points scored with 355, but it's been their ability to score tries on the last tackle that has seperated them from the others.
The Broncos are number one in the NRL for scoring tries on the last by running the ball. They have scored 8 tries this year by running the ball on the last, thanks largely to their exciting halves pairing in Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt.
The Bulldogs back three and edge defence will have their work cut out for them on Saturday night and if they're not on their game, than this number will continue to climb at ANZ Stadium.
#3: RONA LOVES ANZ STADIUM
Curtis Rona has been one of the buys of the season in 2015 and with 16 tries next to his name, he sits on top of the NRL try-scoring list alongside Semi Radradra.
He has scored more tries than games played in 2015, but it's his ability to score tries at ANZ Stadium that has been a real highlight.
Rona has 11 tries from nine games at ANZ Stadium, including three doubles.
Rona will have the opportunity to continue his great run of scoring tries at ANZ Stadium against the Brisbane Broncos.
Rona tries @ANZ Stadium:
Round 2: 2 tries v Eels, Round 4: 2 tries v Tigers, Round 5: 1 try v Rabbitohs, Round 7: 2 tries v Sea Eagles, Round 8: 1 try v Tigers, Round 10: 1 try v Roosters, Round 13: 1 try v Dragons, Round 15: 1 try v Panthers.
#4: EMERGING ORIGIN STARS ON SHOW
The battle of two of the most exciting prospects in our game should be one for all to enjoy on Saturday night.
Mbye has been one of the Bulldogs most consistent players in 2015 although at times playing in a number of positions, while Milford has made a great fist of his new position after a bit of a slow start to the year.
Milford plays of the cuff and is a dynamic support player who has bagged eight tries this year to Mbye's three, but it's been the Bulldogs general that leads the way in try assists, 6-5.
Both have been earmarked as future Queenslanders and on Staurday night they will show everyone why they are two of the most exciting halves in the competition.
#5: ORIGIN HANGOVER
Nine players will be backing up for Saturday's clash between two of the heavy weights of the competition after the Origin decider that saw Queensland win 52-6. Five Bulldogs players and four for the Broncos.
Justin Hodges was not named by Wayne Bennett and will be rested from the clash, so with a large number of rep players backing up, it will be up to the others from both squads to lift their stars for what should be the match of the round.
|1. B. Morris*||1. D. Boyd*|
|2. C.Rona||2. L. Maranta|
|3. J. Morris*||3. J. Reed|
|4. T. Lafai
||4. J. Kahu|
|5. S. Perrett||5. D. Vidot|
|6. M. Mbye||6. A. Milford
|7. T. Hodkinson*
||7. B. hunt
|8. A. Tolman||8. S. Thaiday*|
|9. M. Lichaa||9. A. McCullough|
|10. D. Klemmer*||10. A. Blair|
|11. J. Jackson*
||11. A. Glenn|
|12. F. Pritchard||12. M. Gillett*|
|13. G. Eastwood||13. C. Parker*|
|14. S. Kasiano
||14. J. Wallace|
|15. L. Perrett
||15. M. Dodds|
|16. T. Browne||16. C. Oates|
|17. J. Reynolds||17. M. Parcell