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NRL: Broncos targeting Bunnies hat-trick

Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs will go head-to-head in a top-of-the-table clash on Friday night, while Parramatta Eels entertain Newcastle Knights.

The Rabbitohs will be buzzing following the news they have secured Canberra Raiders playmaker Jack Wighton on a three-year deal from next season. 

Souths are premiership contenders this season and they will be even stronger in 2024 with the capture of the talented five-eighth. But for now all eyes are on the present and they face a tough task against the ladder-leaders at Suncorp. 

We’ve had some outstanding games so far this season and the Broncos versus the Rabbitohs has all the makings of another. 

In the early game on Friday it is 13th versus 12th as the Eels take on the Knights. Both sides have won just the three games this season but the Knights have also drawn one to keep them one point and one place above the Eels. 

Newcastle have been on the wrong end of a couple of close encounters in recent weeks and will be hoping to come out on top here.

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WhatParramatta Eels v Newcastle Knights
WhereCommBank Stadium, Sydney
When18:00 (AEST) Friday 27th April, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsParramatta Eels 1.42, Newcastle Knights 2.90

Parramatta have had a tough start to the season and apart from a Golden Point win over Penrith in round four they have had little to celebrate. 

They head into Friday night’s action on the back of a home defeat against the Broncos last week and need to respond against the Knights. 

Their home form has not been great however. As well as the Broncos, Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks have also beaten them at CommBank this season. 

The Eels can take plenty of heart from the fact they have won their last five games against the Knights and in Maika Sivo they have a real threat. 

Sivo loves playing at CommBank and has scored 40 tries in 41 games at the venue. He can be backed at 1.65 to score anytime.  

The Eels have suffered a massive blow however with the news Reagan Campbell-Gillard is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a groin injury. 

Newcastle lost 18-16 against the Cowboys last week, and suffered a Golden Point defeat against the Panthers the week before. 

There is still a lot to like about Newcastle compared to last season and having Kalyn Ponga back playing after recovering from concussion is a huge boost. Ponga is set to start at five-eight and can be backed at 4.50 to score anytime. 

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Broncos out for a hat-trick

WhatBrisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When20:00 (AEST) Friday 27th April, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsBrisbane Broncos 2.20, South Sydney Rabbitohs 1.68

It does not get much better than the Broncos versus Rabbitohs under the lights at Suncorp on a Friday night. Especially when both sides are flying high. 

Brisbane remain top of the pile with seven wins from eight this season, while the Bunnies are in fourth spot with five wins. 

The Broncos have had the edge over Souths in recent meetings, winning both games last season, and they will be out to make it a hat-trick. 

They slipped to their only defeat of the season against the Raiders, but have since bounced back well with wins over the Titans and Eels. 

Former Souths ace Adam Reynolds continues to pull the strings for the Broncos, but they have class all over the park. Kotoni Staggs has scored six tries in his last five games at Suncorp and can be backed at 2.90 to score at anytime against Souths. 

The Broncos have been hit by the news that Payne Haas will be missing through suspension, meaning Keenan Palasia will come in and attempt to fill the void. 

Souths will be full of confidence after coming from behind to beat Penrith in a thriller last week and will be out to keep up their impressive record at Suncorp. 

They have won seven of their past 10 games there and winger Alex Johnston has scored 13 tries in 14 games at the venue. He can be backed at 7.00 to grab the first try. 

The Bunnies chances have been lifted further as Tevita Tatola is set to return from a knee injury.

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