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NRL: Raiders target Broncos upset

Brisbane Broncos will be confident of making it six wins from six when they take on struggling Canberra Raiders on Saturday.

Week six of the 2023 NRL campaign is up and running and Melbourne Storm jumped to second on the ladder with an impressive 28-8 win over the Sydney Roosters on Thursday night.

Craig Bellamy’s side are now just two points off the top, but the Broncos will have the chance to kick clear again when they take on the Raiders on Saturday.

The action continues on Friday with the Bulldogs looking for their fourth win of the season against a South Sydney side that have won just two games and are desperate for the points.

There is also another Queensland derby to look forward to when the Cowboys take on the Dolphins in Townsville.

On Saturday, as well as the Broncos versus Raiders, we also have a potential thriller when the Panthers take on the Sea Eagles.

Both sides have two wins for the season, with Manly sitting in fifth and the Panthers just one point and one place below them.

Four cracking games to look forward to over the next couple of days, so let’s take a closer look at all the team news coming out of the camps.

Canterbury Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Sparks usually fly when these two sides meet on Good Friday, and it is expected to be no different in 2023 as both sides battle for much-needed points. 

The Bulldogs have made great strides this season, winning three games from five. They have come against the Storm, Wests Tigers and most recently the Cowboys, who they edged out on golden point last week. 

South Sydney have made a disappointing start by their high standards and they sit in 13th spot on the ladder with just two wins. 

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They go into the game in need of a boost after losing by eight points to Melbourne Storm last week. Latrell Mitchell needs to raise his game and can be backed at 2.05 to score a try at any time. 

Canterbury, who are priced at 3.60 to win, are waiting on the fitness of Jacob Preston and Max King. Souths can be backed at 1.30 and welcome back prop forward Tevita Tavola.

North Queensland Cowboys v Dolphins

The second game on Good Friday is the derby clash and it is the Cowboys who are in most need of a win as they sit 14th on the ladder with two wins from five.

Saying that, the Dolphins also need to bounce back after losing their last two games against the Broncos and Dragons. This after winning their first three games.

Injuries and suspensions have ripped into both camps, but hopefully the players that do take to the park will put on a show. 

Scott Drinkwater returns for the Cowboys, who are priced at 1.30 to win, but Heilum Luki and Jordan McLean are both injured. The Dolphins are missing skipper Jesse Bromwich, while Anthony Milford is out for up to a month with a hamstring injury.

Penrith Panthers v Manly Sea Eagles

The Panthers looked something like their best when they demolished the Raiders last week but will face a sterner test against Manly on Saturday.

Penrith are priced at 1.31 to win, with the Sea Eagles available at 3.50. Manly began the season with two straight wins before losing by a point to South Sydney and then having to settle for a point in a 32-32 thriller against Newcastle last week.

Penrith will be missing prop James Fisher-Harris with a knee injury, but there is good news as Soni Luke is back on board following a concussion. The Sea Eagles have been handed a huge boost as five-eighth Josh Schuster has recovered from a quad injury and will take his place in the side.

Brisbane Broncos v Canberra Raiders

There is no stopping the Broncos at the moment and it will be a massive boilover if the Raiders were to do it on Saturday. 

The Green Machine can be backed at 5.00 to do it, but there will need to be a huge improvement on the poor show they put in against the Panthers last week. 

Brisbane can be backed at 1.18 and will fancy their chances of making it six wins on the bounce to begin the new season. Last week’s victims were the Wests Tigers who they beat 46-12. 

There are no changes for the Broncos, with coach Kevin Walters sticking with the same 17 that beat the Tigers. The Raiders are again missing Jack Wighton through suspension, while Matt Frawley picked up a hand injury in the defeat to Penrith.

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