The Broncos’ predicted Round 1 team
TIME has run out for the Brisbane Broncos.
The pre-season is over, all the talking is done and now it's time for the NRL to return.
Brisbane's squad have had their chances to push for a Round 1 starting spot and on Tuesday coach Anthony Seibold will finally unveil his line-up.
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We've taken a look at each player and how they've rated over the pre-season, including their form during the NRL Nines and trial matches.
Here's the predicted starting side for Friday's game:
1. Jack Bird
PRE-SEASON RATING: 8
Clinched fullback spot with great training in pre-season. Sharp against the Titans but left the field early with a concussion.
2. Corey Oates
Played just the one trial after succumbing to a leg infection and has had a disrupted summer. Xavier Coates is pushing hard to secure a wing spot and could put some pressure on Oates.
3. Darius Boyd
Disappointing in the final trial against the Titans and needs to watch his back with the likes of Herbie Farnworth breathing down his neck for a centre position.
4. Kotoni Staggs
Came back early from a broken toe for the NRL Nines and looked slick in the Perth tournament. He was good in the trials against the Cowboys and the Titans.
5. Jesse Arthars
An outstanding pre-season has led to the 21-year-old clinching a Round 1 club debut. He scored two tries against the Cowboys and looked classy when they played the Titans. Could be one of the buys of the season.
6. Anthony Milford
Some nice touches in the NRL Nines, only to then injure his hamstring. He's dropped a few kilos after taking up boxing during the off-season and definitely looks fitter. Was outstanding against the Cowboys and was their best player up in Cairns. Showed he is still a natural playmaker after setting up a nice try the following week when they played the Titans.
7. Brodie Croft
Looked good at the Nines and was solid in both trials against the Titans and Cowboys. He was vocal in all games and confident marshalling the attack.
8. Tom Flegler
Has wrapped up a starting spot for Round 1 with a promising summer. Ran with aggression in the Nines and backed it up with a try against the Titans.
9. Jake Turpin
Solid without being spectacular. Got through a mountain of work against the Titans and was always probing during the Nines. Now the first choice hooker and rightly so.
10. Payne Haas
Disappointing at the Nines but hit back with ferocious charges in the following two trials. Ran for 151m by half time in their match against the Titans. A freak of a talent.
11. Alex Glenn
Barely sighted in the pre-season due to an ongoing hamstring injury. It's a worrying sign for the new club captain. He was pulled out just days ahead of the Nines with injury then tweaked his hammy against the Cowboys in the opening 14 minutes. Alarm bells are ringing.
12. David Fifita
Needs to lift his game. Barely fired a shot at the Nines and lacked impact in both trials. A poor defensive miss allowed Jai Arrow to score.
13. Pat Carrigan
Career highlight captaining the Broncos in their Titans trial. Made a whopping 36 tackles and 165m at Redcliffe to show he is the new Corey Parker. Sealed the No. 13 jumper and is a future skipper.
HOW THE OTHERS FARED
Tevita Pangai Jr
Honest without being magnificent. Made some strong charges against the Cowboys and Titans but a few defensive lapses hurt him. Valuable asset given he can play middle or edge.
Injured ACL in pre-season and could miss the first two months of the NRL, if not the entire season. Broncos have their fingers crossed he will recover.
Has lost his way. He had the fullback spot in his grasp but a dismal Nines opened the door for Jack Bird. Has struggled to impose himself in games and needs to improve positional play.
Needs to pull his finger out if he wants a career at the Broncos. Third law breaking offence in the pre-season and is suspended for first two NRL games.
Has done everything right over summer. Nothing superb but has held his own. Good work ethic and has clinched his NRL debut for Round 1.
Will be the club's next fullback superstar. A constant danger at the Nines with his flashy footwork and speed. Still only 18 and Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold is a huge fan. Will be blooded this season after June 30.
A very good summer. One of Brisbane's best at the Nines and showed blinding speed against the Cowboys and Titans. Confident and always involved. Looks the goods.
Cost himself a right wing spot for Round 1 with a mixed pre-season. Suffered from a bad error spilling a bomb against the Cowboys and then leaked a try two minutes later. He was better against the Titans with a superb put down for a try. Only 18 and has a huge future.
Was a chance for a Round 1 debut but blew it with some poor marker defence against the Titans. Played for the Maori All Stars and still has so much to learn. Promising talent.
Looks a no-nonsense type who gets the job done. Saw plenty of action in the trials and Nines and will only get better as a young prop.
A serviceable pre-season from the boom halfback. Struggled in trial against North Queensland but did well covering for Milford at the Nines when he got injured. A handy back-up for Croft this season.