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Last updated: 01 Mar 2024
Ryan Tucker 01 Mar 2024
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  • Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos expert predictions for Sunday’s NRL game
  • Kick off is at 3:30 PM (AEDT) at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas USA
  • Who will be able to overcome the bright lights of Vegas?

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Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos Tips

Broncos are predicted to win as the second game of the Las Vegas split-round sees last year’s Grand Final losers Brisbane Broncos take on the glamour club Sydney Roosters. 
  • Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Sydney Roosters Form
  • Sydney Roosters Team News
  • Sydney Roosters Team List
  • Brisbane Broncos Form
  • Brisbane Broncos Team News
  • Brisbane Broncos Team List

For all the media hype around this weekend it will be great to see these two heavyweight teams get at each other. Brisbane were standout performers in 2023 blowing teams out of the water with their robust forward pack and dynamic halves play. 

They lead the NRL in Linebreaks and were 2nd behind the Panthers in total Run Metres. These two metrics are some of the highest contributors to winning over a season and as we witnessed there are few teams that have the defensive talent to stop the rampaging Broncos. 

The Roosters are a professional club and always have intentions of being in the mix come September. What this usually means (and especially the last few years) is that their squad is conditioned to peak at the end of the season. Sydney have lost 5 of their last 6 Rd 1 games with poor defensive efforts being the main problem. 

  • Sydney were 15th in the NRL for Points Scored in 2023 averaging only 19.2 pts/gm 
  • The Roosters were though 6th in Opposition Points conceding on average 20.2 pts/gm
  • Brisbane conceded on average only 4.2 Linebreaks per game in 2023, 3rd in the league
  • The Broncos were 2nd in the NRL in Tackle Busts with 38.4 per game

Head to Head 

The Roosters and Broncos met only once in 2023 at the Gabba. Brisbane ran away with the game 32-10.

Since 2019 these teams have played each other nine times in the regular season with Sydney holding the advantage 6-3. 

Brisbane have covered the line in four out of the past five games whilst the under has hit at a 3-2 rate for the same period

Sydney Roosters Form

The Roosters won six of their last seven regular season games in 2023 to cement themselves in the finals. 

They then took care of the Sharks 13-12 before going down to the Storm in week 2 of the finals 18-13.

In the pre-season game in which these players partook the Roosters won 36-22 over the Sea Eagles notching up 1885 run metres in tha game.

Sydney Roosters Team News

Star recruit Dom Young did not travel to the US following a neck injury in the Pre-Season challenge. Suaalii shifts back to the wing with Billy Smith coming in at centre. Former Panther Spencer Leniu will start in the front-row with JWH still in Australia. 

Sandon Smith is in the 14 jumper which could mean restricted minutes for Brandon Smith. Keep an eye closer to game time as any one of Angus Crichton, Connor Watson and Egan Butcher could be added at late notice from the reserves.

Sydney Roosters Team List

1. James Tedesco
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Billy Smith
4. Joey Manu
5. Joseph Suaalii
6. Luke Keary 
7. Sam Walker
8. Spencer Leniu
9. Brandon Smith
10. Lindsay Collins
11. Siua Wong
12. Sitili Tupouniua
13. Victor Radley

14. Sandon Smith
15. Naufahu Whyte
16. Nat Butcher
17. Terrell May

18. Fetalaiga Pauga
19. Angus Crichton
20. Egan Butcher
21. Zach Dockar-Clay
22. Connor Watson

Brisbane Broncos Form

Brisbane surprised many in 2023 making it all the way to the Grand Final. There was obviously no doubt about the skill of their playing group, it was just not expected to come together so quickly. 

They will now have to fend off the hangover connected to losing a Grand Final and come back with improvements in their game to once again match it with the likes of Penrith, Melbourne and the Warriors. 

The Pre-Season Challenge game that these players competed in was won 46-20 against the Cowboys, Brendan Piakura scored twice and the team had 8 linebreaks.

Brisbane Broncos Team News

Three key players left the Broncos in the off-season with Thomas Flegler, Kurt Capewell and Herbie Farnworth all moving on to other clubs. This means Selwyn Cobbo has made a shift to centre with Deine Mariner getting first shot at the vacant wing spot. 

Brendan Piakura and Corey Jensen slot into the forward pack with new recruit Fletcher Baker making his Broncos debut against his old club the Roosters.

Brisbane Broncos Team List

1. Reece Walsh
2. Jesse Arthars
3. Kotoni Staggs
4. Selwyn Cobbo
5. Deine Mariner
6. Ezra Mam
7. Adam Reynolds
8. Corey Jensen
9. Billy Walters
10. Payne Haas
11. Brendan Piakura
12. Jordan Riki
13. Patrick Carrigan

14. Tyson Smoothy
15. Fletcher Baker
16. Kobe Hetherington
17. Xavier Willison

18. Corey Oates
19. Jock Madden
20. Tristan Sailor
21. Martin Taupau
22. Jaiyden Hunt


The Roosters are not a team that starts well. Despite them having the luxuries of better flights and hospitality in the US, I still expect them to struggle against a younger and fitter Broncos team.
Brisbane will cover the line and the game total will go Under, in line with early season Totals Trends. I am also backing Ezra Mam to cross for a try in the game.
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