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NRL: Preliminary Final - Storm v Broncos
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Storm v Broncos

11 years next week since these two sides faced off in a grand final and the rivalry hasn’t been lost on the current crop of players with a few of the players from 2006 still running around for either side. The Storm are coming off a well earned rest after a tight win against the Eels a fortnight ago while the Broncos outplayed Penrith after a narrow loss against the Roosters in the qualifying final.

While the Storm are unchanged, the Broncos have a reshuffle with Darius Boyd and Tevita Pangai Jnr back in the fold. Kodi Nikorima is back at halfback, moving Benji Marshall to the bench. Corey Oates is still in some doubt after major headknock last week with David Mead his likely replacement.

The Storm have won 4 of the last 5 clashes between these sides with their last meeting in June resulting in a 30 point smashing by the Storm at Suncorp. The Storm haven’t lost a game since July and are statistically the best in the competition. They play a grinding, frustrating form of football but can be creative and precise in attack.

Brisbane have been far from their best in 2017 but a look at their lineup shows that they are more than capable of beating any team on their day. Their backline possesses some immense speed, skill and strength and their forward pack are powerful and agile. It will come down to their control of the football and defensive discipline to determine whether they stand a chance.

There’s been plenty of money coming in for the Broncos but I can’t see them winning this match. It’s hard to see the Storm capitulating with the amount of experience in that side, especially in big games.

Storm -9.5 @ 1.95 with Pinnacle


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