NRL Round 21 – Match 7 Footy Tips: Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons

Bennett is back in town on Sunday arvo when he brings his competition leaders to Brisbane to face off against the team he coached through all six of their Premiership wins.

The Broncos playing the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium is the ultimate Sunday footy showdown and sees Bennett celebrate his 599th first-grade game, a huge milestone.

St George look very close to snaring back-to-back Minor Premierships sitting at the top of the ladder four competition points clear of the closest rivals.

Fans that bet on the Dragons to win the Minor Premiership at Ladbrokes.com.au will have their fingers crossed this late in the season

But the Dragons aren’t immortal as the Panthers and the Titans have proved over the last month both defeating St George in some tight clashes.

So there is definite hope for the Broncos this round. Hope for them to put the pressure on St George and rise above, and hope for them to make the finals despite falling out of the top eight after their loss to the Roosters last week.

Brisbane were embarrassed back in Round 5 when they lost 34 – 16 to the Dragons, but the young Broncos have come a long way since then and can win this if they dig deep.

The bookies, however, don’t give them much hope as the $2.15 underdogs at Ladbrokes.com.au.

A blow for Brisbane is the loss of Ben Te’o with an injured foot, but if the Dragons come to Suncorp expecting an easy win they will be in for a shock.

St George present real danger out wide with Jason Nightingale and Brett Morris, but if they don’t get the ball they can’t score and if Brisbane step up and shut down the likes of Darius Boyd they can put water on the Dragons’ fire.

Upset win by Brisbane to put their season back on track and put an end to the Dragons’ dominance at Suncorp, St George having won six of their past eight here.

Footy Tip of the Match – Dragons / Broncos in the Halftime / Fulltime market at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au

NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match –

Brisbane were down by a big margin last week but fought back to make it a close loss to the Chooks. We think they will again get off to a shaky start, but will find form in the second half to win so we are betting on the Dragons / Broncos result in the Halftime / Fulltime markets at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Current Head-to-Head Odds:

Broncos $2.15 – Dragons $1.72 Ladbrokes.com.au

Round 21 Broncos Team:

1. Josh Hoffman 2. Jharal Yow Yeh 3. Alex Glenn 4. Israel Folau 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Darren Lockyer 7. Peter Wallace 8. Shane Tronc 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Nick Kenny 11. Matt Gillett 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Corey Parker

Bench: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Josh McGuire 16. Mitchell Dodds 17. Scott Anderson

Reserves: 18. Lagi Setu 19. Ashton Sims

Round 21 Dragons:

1. Darius Boyd 2. Brett Morris 3. Beau Scott 4. Matt Cooper 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Jamie Soward 7. Ben Hornby 8. Matt Prior 9. Luke Priddis 10. Jon Green 11. Neville Costigan 12. Ben Creagh 13. Dean Young

Bench: 14. Trent Merrin 15. Jeremy Smith 16. Nick Emmett 17. Jarrod Saffy

Reserve: 19. Mark Gasnier