Both Queensland’s Lions and Broncos are going into this weekend’s games hoping to redeem themselves after last week’s losses.
The Broncos are confident with two key players back from injury.
Page Hasballah reports.
The Broncos are heading south with Josh McGuire and star-centre Justin Hodges, back from injury, after receiving a premiership wake-up call after their 26-12 loss to the Rabbitohs on last Friday night.
Anthony Griffin, Broncos Coach: “Yeah, yeah it’s great having him there. You know obviously he’s a major part of our team so it’s lovely to have him back.”
The Broncos have a superb record at Parramatta Stadium, winning 15 out of 20 games, but Ricky Stuart’s side have been hard to beat at home this year.
And St George Illawarra is taking a punt by signing Josh Dugan after the Bronco’s retracted their contract offer.
Josh Dugan, Dragons Player: “Yeah, I’m just really grateful for this opportunity, it’s like I’ve been given a second chance.”
In AFL news, veteran Lion’s star Simon Black makes a return to the field for their home match against the West Coast Eagles tomorrow.
The veteran Lion’s midfielder warned he is not a one-man solution to Brisbane’s midfield woes, but his team members are still happy to have him back in the game.
Pearce Hanley, Lions Player: “Like I said, we’re all looking forward to having him back. It’s been a long road back for him but he’s been playing good footy in the reserves and it should be exciting to see him running around again.”
Despite their rocky start to the season, the Lions have every reason to be confident against a patchy West Coast side that have just two wins to their name and only one Gabba victory since 2008.
The top of the table clash between Geelong and Essendon will play out in front of a sell-out crowd tonight at Etihad Stadium and is sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
Paige Hasaballah, QUT News.