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NRL: Broncos need to snap losing streak

Brisbane Broncos need to get their season back on track when they take on the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday evening.

There was no stopping the Broncos at one point, but back-to-back defeats has thrown a spanner in the works and questions are now being raised regards their premiership credentials. 

The Warriors sit just two points below the Broncos and snapped a three-game losing streak when beating the Canterbury Bulldogs last weekend. 

There is little to separate the top sides in the NRL this season. Indeed there is just two points between the Panthers at the top of the ladder and the Canberra Raiders in eighth. 

It puts extra pressure on the Warriors and Broncos heading into the game and there is an extra twist as this is the first time either side will have played at McLean Park. This game is tough to call and could go either way, but we should be in for a close, exciting one.

Injuries bite for Warriors

WhatNew Zealand Warriors v Brisbane Broncos
WhereMcLean Park, Napier
When17:30 (AEST) Saturday 27th May, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNew Zealand Warriors 1.44, Brisbane Broncos 2.80

The Warriors got the season off to a flying start, but have gone off the boil in recent weeks when winning just one of the last four games. 

That last victory came on Friday 12th May when they won away at the Bulldogs 24-12 before heading into the bye. 

In fairness the Warriors have been hit hard by a crippling injury list that has robbed them of key players, and the week off came at a good time. 

They have a good record against the Broncos when playing in New Zealand, winning eight of the last 11 games, but this will be the first time they have played at McLean Park. 

It takes the edge of having home advantage, but they have fared well when playing in New Zealand but outside of Auckland, winning three of the past four. 

The Warriors will hand a debut to Luke Metcalf at five-eighth, while Jackson Ford will return to the side after recovering from concussion. 

Addin Fonua-Blake is in good touch when scoring four tries in the last five games, including one in the win over the Bulldogs. He is priced at 4.50 to keep the run going by scoring anytime against the Broncos. 

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Broncos missing Origin stars 

The Broncos are in desperate need of a win after losing the last two games, but will have to do it with out a number of key players who are on State of Origin duty with Queensland. 

Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo, Thomas Flegler and Pat Carrigan are with the Maroons, while Payne Haas will be with New South Wales. 

It means that Kevin Walters will have to patch up his side, and he will be praying that key playmaker Adam Reynolds returns from injury to play. 

Reynolds has been sorely missed in the last couple of games as they lost to Penrith and Melbourne Storm in the last two weeks. 

It is no coincidence that Brisbane have all of a sudden lost two games while Reynolds is out of the side. The veteran star pulls the strings and makes the Broncos tick, so it is crucial he makes a return. 

The Broncos have not played in New Zealand for four years, and the majority of this current side have never played there. Brisbane need to avoid a third straight defeat and a win would get them back on track. 

If the Broncos are to snatch the win, it is likely to be tight, and they are priced at 8.00 to win by 1-5 points.

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