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NRL: Broncos out to calm the Storm

Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm will battle it out for a spot in the Preliminary finals at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

After finishing in the top four, whoever loses will get a second bite of the cherry, but both sides will be desperate to go the direct route.

The Broncos let the minor premiership slip through their grasp in the final round of the regular season when losing to the Storm., and they will be out for revenge.

Now they have their sights on the big one, winning the grand final, and are priced at 3.25 to go all the way.

Melbourne Storm know what it takes to win a grand final and they thrive at this time of year, so the opening game of finals is all set up to be a thriller.

WhatBrisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm 
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When19:50 (AEST) Friday 8th September, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsBrisbane Broncos 1.58, Melbourne Storm 2.40

Broncos look to bounce back

The Broncos looked to have the minor premiership in the bag, only to lose 32-22 against the Storm in the final game of the regular season.

Penrith Panthers then smashed the Cowboys to take top spot for the third season running and look the team to beat once again.

However the Broncos should not be downbeat, they have had a fantastic season so far and have what it takes to win the premiership.

Brisbane also rested a host of key players against Melbourne Storm, so not a great deal can be read into the defeat.

Those star players will return on Friday night along with Adam Reynolds and Pat Carrigan. Reynolds in particular is huge to Brisbane’s chances of winning the premiership.

The playmaker, who has been missing with a calf injury, is key, with many pundits believing Brisbane cannot win the grand final without him.

State of Origin ace Carrigan is also influential and the Broncos will be relieved he has recovered from a foot injury.

It looks sure to be a very tight game, with not much in it, and the Broncos can be backed at 6.00 to win by 6-10 points.

Storm starting to peak

Melbourne Storm have a brilliant record against the Broncos, winning the last 14 games between the two sides.

They will be out to make that 15, but the Broncos are a different animal these days and Friday night’s clash will be a tough assignment to say the very least.

Storm are looking in fine shape after winning five of the last six games, with the one defeat coming against the Penrith Panthers.

Their record away from home has been mixed, winning seven and losing five in 2023, and they will need to be at their best in front of a hostile Suncorp crowd.

Melbourne are sweating on the fitness of influential halfback Jahrome Hughes who is battling back from a knee injury.

His position alongside Cameron Munster in the halves is crucial to everything the Storm do and coach Craig Bellamy will be praying he makes it.

There is good news concerning star hooker Harry Grant however. He is winning his race to be fit and looks set to get the nod.

Grant makes more runs from dummy-half than anyone else in the NRL, which proves how much of a threat he is.

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