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NRL: Broncos target win number five

Brisbane Broncos will be out to keep their unbeaten start to the 2023 NRL season going when they face the struggling Wests Tigers on Saturday evening.

The Broncos have got the season off to a flyer when winning all four games so far and they are the hot fancies to make it five against a Tigers side that are searching for their first points.

Week five continued on Friday with the Panthers smashing the Raiders 53-12 at GIO Stadium, while the Melbourne Storm put in a battling display to beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-10 at Accor Stadium.

Now the focus turns to the rest of the round and there are some cracking games to look forward to. As well as the Broncos v Tigers on Saturday, Manly will look to continue their strong start against the Knights, while the Dolphins will be keen to return to winning ways away at the Dragons.

There are two games to look forward to on Sunday, the pick being the clash between surprise package New Zealand Warriors and the Sharks.

To wrap up the round the Bulldogs face the Cowboys in the late game on Sunday. Let’s take a look at the team news coming out of each camp.

Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights

The Sea Eagles slipped to their first defeat of the season when losing on golden point to South Sydney last week and they are priced at 1.20 to bounce back with a win against the Knights.

They will have to do it without influential five-eighth Josh Schuster who has been ruled out with a quad injury he picked up against Souths. Cooper Johns is set to step in and replace him, while the Sea Eagles also welcome back Lachlan Croker from a shoulder injury.

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The Knights are priced at 4.50 and should take confidence from their win over the Raiders last week. Kurt Mann suffered a head knock in that game though and misses out.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Dolphins

The Dragons need to put on a show in front of their own fans following last week’s humiliating 40-8 loss to the Cronulla Sharks on home soil.

They are priced at 1.72 to get the win in Wollongong and are boosted by the return of Jack de Belin from a calf injury, while Tatatau Amone comes in to replace Jayden Sullivan at five-eighth.

The Dolphins suffered their first loss last week but can be proud of the way they took the Broncos all the way before falling just short.

Sean O’Sullivan is ruled out with a pectoral injury so Anthony Milford will move to five-eighth to fill his boots. Hooker Jeremy Marshall-King is also back available after serving his two-match suspension.

Brisbane Broncos v Wests Tigers

The Broncos continue to defeat all that is put before them and are priced at 1.15 to do the same to the Tigers, who are 5.50 to pull off an upset.

Just to make things even better for the Broncos, coach Kevin Walters has no selection issues and is able to name the same 17 that beat the Dolphins last week.

The Tigers are badly in need of a lift and there would be no better time to do it than against the Broncos on Saturday. Despite losing to the Storm last week there were some signs of improvement. Brent Naden has been replaced at centre by Starford To’o, while Daine Laurie has also dropped out of the squad.

Cronulla Sharks v New Zealand Warriors

This should be a cracker of a game on Sunday with the Sharks priced at 1.27 and the Warriors 3.85. The Warriors have surprised everyone so far this season when winning three games out of four and have been playing some great rugby league in the process.

Te Maire Martin is ruled out for the Warriors with a head knock but Wayde Egan is able to return from the same issue.

The Sharks smashed the Dragons last week so it is no surprise that coach Craig Fitzgibbon has named the same 13.

Canterbury Bulldogs v North Queensland Cowboys

These two sides both sit 2-2 heading into the game and neither will want to suffer a third defeat in five. The Bulldogs, who are priced at 1.78 to win, welcome back Franklin Pele from injury, but Tevita Pangai Jr is still on the sidelines.

The Cowboys will be missing Murray Taulagi (knee) and centre Gehamat Shibasaki (hamstring), but Peta Hiku returns from suspension and will play at centre.

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