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NRL: Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons preview

Just the one game to wrap up the NRL this week and it has the potential to be a cracker as the Brisbane Broncos entertain St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium.

The Broncos have had a great season but have slipped to back-to-back defeats to sit in sixth place on the ladder, while the Dragons are coming with a run at just the right time.

St George Illawarra have recovered from a shaky start to win four out of the last five to move to eighth place and well in the mix for a finals spot.

The outcome of this game could have a big influence on what happens for the rest of the season so there is a lot at stake for both sides.

They are both missing key players for the game and the result could come down to who copes the best without their big names.

Lets take a closer look as both sides heading into the game.

What: Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons
Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When: 16:05 (AEST) Sunday 10th July 2022
How to watch: Channel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Brisbane 3/4, The Dragons 11/10

Big changes as Broncos look to bounce back

The Broncos have without doubt been one of the surprise packages of the 2022 NRL campaign so far as Kevin Walters has taken his side from the bottom of the ladder to challenging for the top four.

That is down to a number of factors, including the addition of star playmaker Adam Reynolds, while the likes of Selwyn Cobbo have taken their game to the next level.

They have been playing with style and confidence but have suffered a couple blows in recent weeks when losing to both the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys.

Both are two of the top sides in the competition but their confidence will have taken a hit and they will need to bounce back against the Dragons.

The Broncos have been solid on home soil this season when losing just two games and will fancy their chances of taking the two points on Sunday. However the Dragons will be full of confidence and will be a very difficult test.

Brisbane are also missing some key players due to State of Origin and injury.

Kurt Capewell, Selwyn Cobbo, Pat Carrigan and Thomas Flegler are on Origin duty ahead of game three on Wednesday.
Payne Haas would have been with Queensland but the star prop forward is facing the next couple of weeks on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

Te Maire Martin and Corey Jensen are also missing with rib and calf injuries respectively.

It will be a new-look Brisbane side but there is some good news as Cory Paix has recovered from a knee injury, Tyson Gamble a leg problem and both can take their place on the bench.

Brisbane can move back into fifth spot with the win but it may be easier said than done.

Dragons on a roll but missing hunt

The Dragons are without doubt a team on the up after winning four out of the last five games and they will full of confidence heading into the clash against Brisbane.

Their one blip came against the high-flying Cowboys but they bounced back with a strong win against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

They may have been a touch fortunate to edge out the Raiders by two points last week but a win is a win and momentum is building.

The Dragons will need to keep the run going as well if they are to stay in eighth spot and play finals. It is tight below them with Manly, the Sydney Roosters and Raiders all looking to make a late push.

St George Illawarra also have a tough run of fixtures on the horizon with games against Manly, the Roosters, Cowboys and Sharks to come.

It will be tight but at least the Red V are making a fist of it for now. They have won just the two games away from Wollongong this season so will need to improve on that however.

Like the Broncos they will be missing key players for the game at Suncorp. Most notably skipper Ben Hunt who is with Queensland for State of Origin.

The playmaker has been a huge influence for the Dragons this season and will be sorely missed. Jayden Sullivan will come in to replace him in the halves in the only change made to the side that beat the Raiders.

Mat Feagai has been struggling with a knee injury but has been named to play.

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