Wests Tigers will look to pull off the upset of the season when they take on the competition-leading Brisbane Broncos this Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.

Sitting well outside the top eight heading into Sunday’s match, Jason Taylor’s side will be heavy underdogs for a clash against arguably the competition favourites who will run out in front of their home fans with a full complement of Origin players available.

Whether Wayne Bennett will use all five of his players who featured in last Wednesday’s Origin decider still remains to be seen, but there’s no doubting the favouritism that the home side will take into Sunday’s match against Wests Tigers regardless.

However, that’s not to say that Taylor’s men aren’t capable of pulling off the upset, with a look back over the season — which includes a 24-point and 28-point win over the two 2014 Grand Finalists in the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs respectively — proving that a youthful outfit have what it takes to turn it on against the best in the league.

And while the Broncos might have an advantage in terms of overall head-to-head meetings between the two sides (winning 18 of 23 matchups so far), Wests Tigers have actually won their past two Sunday games against the Broncos and have never lost a Sunday afternoon game at Suncorp Stadium, winning the only fixture played back in 2006.

It’s therefore shaping as an intriguing clash on Sunday afternoon between two sides at very ends of the competition ladder but both with still plenty to play for.

Will the Broncos make it seven wins in a row or can Wests Tigers pull off the upset and end a run of three straight defeats? Read on for a full match preview including all the need-to-know information, team news, analysis, statistics and much more!

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Match Details

Date — Sunday, July 19, 2015

Time — 4:00pm AEST

Venue — Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Henry Perenara and Gavin Reynolds

Touch Judges — Michael Wise and Clayton Sharpe

Video Referees — Steve Chiddy and Luke Phillips

 

TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Live via Channel 9 (NSW and QLD, check local guides)

Live Stream — NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M (check local guides)

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Brisbane Broncos

James Tedesco

1

Darius Boyd

Kevin Naiqama

2

Lachlan Maranta

Nathan Milone

3

Jack Reed

Tim Simona

4

Justin Hodges (capt.)

Pat Richards

5

Jordan Kahu

Mitchell Moses

6

Anthony Milford

Luke Brooks

7

Ben Hunt

Aaron Woods (capt.)

8

Sam Thaiday

Dene Halatau

9

Andrew McCullough

Sauaso Sue

10

Adam Blair

Kyle Lovett

11

Alex Glenn

Chris Lawrence

12

Matt Gillett

Martin Taupau

13

Corey Parker

Manaia Cherrington

14

Jarrod Wallace

Ava Seumanufagai

15

Mitchell Dodds

Keith Galloway

16

Corey Oates

Brenden Santi

17

Matt Parcell

Jack Buchanan

18

Daniel Vidot

Jason Taylor

Coach

Wayne Bennett

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

R13 — Gold Coast Titans 27 def. Wests Tigers 20

R14 — Wests Tigers 34 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 6

R15 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 30 def. Wests Tigers 20

R16 — Penrith Panthers 35 def. Wests Tigers 12

R17 — Parramatta Eels 28 def. Wests Tigers 16

 

Brisbane Broncos

R12 — Brisbane Broncos 24 def. Canberra Raiders 12

R13 — Brisbane Broncos 44 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10

R15 — Brisbane Broncos 14 def. Melbourne Storm 12

R16 — Brisbane Broncos 44 def. Newcastle Knights 22

R18 — Brisbane Broncos 16 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8

 

Match History

·       Against the Broncos — Played 23, Won 4, Lost 18, Drawn 1

·       At Suncorp Stadium — Played 8, Won 3, Lost 5, Drawn 0

 

Numbers to Know

  • 150 — Dene Halatau will play his 150th NRL game for Wests Tigers on Sunday.
  • 6 — Both teams have scored six tries this year from more than 50m out.
  • 8880 — Brisbane rank first in the league for total kick metres with 8880m, despite only ranking 11th for total kicks (312, average 28.46m per kick).