Souths chasing four wins in a row, Brisbane just trying to stay afloat amid a run of very tough games. Both teams roll through their early sets, the test for Brisbane is to avoid conceding points in bunches. They are top of the table at that skill.
Souths and their veteran half still locked in discussions about contracts amid suggestions he’s as good as gone and won’t take a one year deal, or a one year deal with a one year option in favour of the club.
And of course there will be a moment of silence for the late and great Tommy Raudonikis.
He’s out suspended, Benji Marshall slots in at six, taking on a club he spent a season at as well. Brisbane are missing Pat Carrigan (one of their few decent middles) and Herbie Farnworth, who has been good in patches in the centres. More pressure on Anthony Milford tonight, he’s playing for a contract but if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a Broncos coach say he needs to lift, I’d be in a corporate box tonight, not a press box.
Rabbitohs and Broncos to kick off the round, should be another close and enthralling affair after a round of nailbiters and 7987987987 set restarts. Brisbane were competitive for a while last week against the Storm while Souths took a while to warm up against the Bulldogs. Some chance we see a repeat of that tonight but it would be some upset if Brisbane were to get the two points here.