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Preview: Broncos v Warriors

Suncorp Stadium will be in party mode this Saturday night as Broncos supporters toast the record-equalling achievement of captain Darren Lockyer, who plays the 349th game of his top grade career - equalling the record originally set by Terry Lamb and late
Preview: Broncos v Warriors
by NRL

Suncorp Stadium will be in party mode this Saturday night as Broncos supporters toast the record-equalling achievement of captain Darren Lockyer, who plays the 349th game of his top grade career - equalling the record originally set by Terry Lamb and later equalled by Steve Menzies.

It will be a huge occasion for Lockyer and the Broncos, who are expected to play before one of their biggest crowds of the season but their 34-year-old captain should see to it that emotion does not rule the occasion.

With a place in the top four at stake, it's a crucial match for the Broncos to win and the Warriors, with plenty of incentive of their own to consolidate their position, won't be offering any charity.

Ivan Cleary's men have won their last four games in convincing style and will be determined to prove themselves against one of the competition's leading contenders.

The Warriors have named an unchanged line-up to the team that comprehensively defeated the Raiders last Sunday although Kiwi international Lewis Brown has been named on an extended bench after recovering from an ankle injury.

The Broncos welcome back back-rower Ben Te'o, who is back for the first time in 10 weeks after re-fracturing the arm he first broke in April.

Go with a Warriors try or penalty goal as First Scoring Play but consider a Broncos/Warriors or Warriors/Broncos outcome in the Half/Full Double.

Leading hopes for First Tryscorer are Justin Hodges, Jharal Yow Yeh and Jack Reed for the Broncos or Manu Vatuvei, Bill Tupou or Kevin Locke for the Warriors.

Brisbane v Warriors
Suncorp Stadium
Saturday night 7.30pm (AEST), 9.30pm (NZT)


Brisbane Broncos
1 Josh Hoffman, 2 Gerard Beale, 3 Jack Reed, 4 Justin Hodges, 5 Jharal Yow Yeh, 6 Darren Lockyer [c], 7 Peter Wallace, 8 Ben Hannant, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Scott Anderson, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Sam Thaiday, 13 Corey Parker. Subs: 14 Matt Gillett, 15 Ben Hunt, 16 Ben Te'o, 17 Josh McGuire.

New Zealand Warriors
1 Kevin Locke, 2 Bill Tupou, 3 Joel Moon, 4 Shaun Berrigan, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 James Maloney, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Russell Packer, 9 Aaron Heremaia, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Feleti Mateo, 12 Simon Mannering [c], 13 Micheal Luck. Subs: 14 Pita Godinet, 15 Sam Rapira, 16 Ben Matulino, 17 Elijah Taylor, 18 Lewis Brown (one to be omitted).

Date: Sat August 6 2011, 7:30PM AEST GMT+10 [Sat August 6 2011, 9:30PM NZST GMT+12]
[Sat August 6 2011, 9:30AM GMT]

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Broncos by 14

OVERALL:
Total Games: 27
Brisbane Broncos wins: 16. [Pts: 605]
New Zealand Warriors wins: 11. [Pts: 493]
Draws: 0

Biggest wins:
Brisbane Broncos: 38 pts: 1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 22 - [View] Sun Aug 27: Broncos 44 d. Auckland 6 [Crowd: 54645]
New Zealand Warriors: 32 pts: 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri: New Zealand Warriors 36 d. Brisbane Broncos 4 [Crowd: 21627]

Biggest Crowd: 1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 22 - [View] Sun Aug 27: Broncos 44 d. Auckland 6 [Crowd: 54645]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Brisbane Broncos: WWWWWWWWWLWLLLLWWLLWWLLWWLL
New Zealand Warriors: LLLLLLLLLWLWWWWLLWWLLWWLLWW

Last 10 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri: New Zealand Warriors 36 d. Brisbane Broncos 4 [Crowd: 21627]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 16 l. New Zealand Warriors 48 [Crowd: 32338]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 28 d. New Zealand Warriors 14 [Crowd: 32456]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: New Zealand Warriors 10 l. Brisbane Broncos 26 [Crowd: 24538]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sat: New Zealand Warriors 16 d. Brisbane Broncos 12 [Crowd: 13007]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sun: New Zealand Warriors 24 d. Brisbane Broncos 14 [Crowd: 16738]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sun: Broncos 36 d. Warriors 12 [Crowd: 47193]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sun: Warriors 18 l. Broncos 23 [Crowd: 7746]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sun: Warriors 30 d. Broncos 18 [Crowd: 13752]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sat: Broncos 12 l. Warriors 24 [Crowd: 24719]

Overall record at Suncorp Stadium, Castlemaine Street, Milton, Brisbane (QLD) Stats:
Brisbane Broncos: 165 games, won 104, drawn 0, lost 61.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 46 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 16
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 30 d. Gold Coast Titans 10
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 21 d. St George Illawarra Dragons 14
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 25 d. Canberra Raiders 24
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Fri: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 34 d. Brisbane Broncos 10

New Zealand Warriors: 6 games, won 3, drawn 0, lost 3.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 16 l. New Zealand Warriors 48
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 28 d. New Zealand Warriors 14
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sun: Broncos 36 d. Warriors 12
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sat: Broncos 12 l. Warriors 24
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sun Mar 14: Broncos 28 d. Warriors 20

Head to Head at Suncorp Stadium, Castlemaine Street, Milton, Brisbane (QLD) Stats:
Total Games: 5
Brisbane Broncos wins: 3. [Pts: 120]
New Zealand Warriors wins: 2. [Pts: 118]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 16 l. New Zealand Warriors 48 [Crowd: 32338]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 28 d. New Zealand Warriors 14 [Crowd: 32456]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Sun: Broncos 36 d. Warriors 12 [Crowd: 47193]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sat: Broncos 12 l. Warriors 24 [Crowd: 24719]
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sun Mar 14: Broncos 28 d. Warriors 20 [Crowd: 28548]

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