The Newsroom looks ahead to round six of the NRL.
Broncos vs Dragons
The Brisbane Broncos will face off against the St George Illawarra Dragons to open round six on Thursday night. The Dragons will be looking to make amends for their 36-0 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys last round, and the Broncos will be determined to keep their position at the top of the table. Players to watch for this encounter include the battle of the halves, with young gun Ben Hunt looking to continue pressing for an origin bench spot as the utility, and for the Dragons Benji Marshall – who hasn’t been playing at his usual level, and will be wanting to put on a good performance.
Rabbitohs vs Roosters
Two of NRL’s biggest rivals will come up against one another for the local Sydney derby, with the Sydney Roosters squaring off against South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday night. The Roosters are still searching for their first win, but have been improving weekly, and will be set for a fiery match against the Rabbitohs. Players to watch include a match up between the Rabbitohs captain Sam Burgess in his second game back from injury, and Aiden Guerra for the Roosters who has been the Rooster best player this season.
Eels vs Raiders
The Parramatta Eels will play the red hot Canberra Raiders this Saturday at Pirtek Stadium. The Eels will be wanting to hit back after they gave up their lead against the Penrith Panthers last round to lose on the siren, whereas the Raiders will be looking to continue their form from their win against the Canterbury Bulldogs on Monday night. Players to watch in this match include the match up between the Raiders five-eight Blake Austin and the Eels halfback Kieran Foran. Both of these players play completely different games, with Austin an electric ball runner and Foran a play-making general.
Storm vs Bulldogs
The Melbourne Storm will host the Canterbury Bulldogs on Monday at AAMI Park. The Bulldogs will be looking to come back against the Storm after they were defeated at their spiritual home ground of Belmore on Monday night, while the Storm will be looking to takeover the top of the premiership ladder. Players to watch include the Storms halfback Cooper Cronk, who will be looking to improve his game after own admissions that his form has been below average, and for the Bulldogs their Captain James Graham will be looking to lay down the attacking platform for his team. – James Wardell
Other games include:
New Zealand Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday at 5:30pm, Mt. Smart stadium
Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday at 7:30pm, Pepper Stadium
Cronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans on Sunday at 2pm, Southern Cross Group Stadium
Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers on Sunday at 4pm, Hunter Stadium
Photo of Blake Leary and Luke Keary from the official NRL Facebook page.