They are back and with a vengeance; the stats breakdown and preview as we look over the Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels clash.
Why the Broncos will win
Sitting just outside the eight, the Broncos need a win to stay in touch with it. With the emergence of some of the best young forwards, the Broncos strengths lie in the willpower and determination of their forward pack. They dig deep, work hard and take every opportunity they can get to shine.
Why the Eels will win
They sort of have to at this point to keep any slim, slim chance of finals alive, don’t they? A confirmed reshuffle of the side will provide different attacking dimensions.
The way for the Eels to win is simple; hold onto the ball and cut out silly, persistent errors and to find their inner mojo.
The players will need to stand together as one and come out all guns blazing to give Eels fans something to cheer about.
Desperation is everything and when you need a win to boost spirits or get your season back on track, you take it; or at least try to take it.
That reason and that reason alone, is why we are backing the Eels. Not convincingly but enough to get the win.
One win can be all it takes for fortunes to change.
Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels Stats Breakdown
The Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels have played each other 55 times; the Broncos have won 32, the Eels have won 22 and there have been two draws.
The Eels have lost the last two games against the Broncos. Prior to that, they had won the last three.
The Broncos won thirteen of the opening sixteen games between the two sides (13 wins, 2 losses & 1 draw).
The first clash between the two sides was a 24-18 win for the Broncos in round five of the 1988 NSWRL season.
Wayne Bennett will take charge of his 800th game as an NRL coach in this game, 618 of which have been with Brisbane.
The Brisbane Broncos biggest win over the Parramatta Eels was a 60-14 thumping in round 13, 1995.
The Parramatta Eels biggest win over the Brisbane Broncos was an easy 68-22 win in round 25, 2007.
Players sin-binned/sent-off in this clash
- David Solomona (PAR) & Andrew Gee (BRI) (both sin-binned) in round 20, 2002.
Players to have scored three or more tries in one game in this clash
- Denan Kemp (BRI) scored four tries in round 12, 2008.
- Semi Radradra (PAR) scored four tries in round 25, 2017.
- Michael Hancock (BRI) scored three tries in round 19, 1991.
- Krisnan Inu (PAR) scored three tries in round 25, 2007.
- Karmicahel Hunt (BRI) scored three tries in round 7, 2009.
- Bureta Faraimo (PAR) scored three tries in round 8, 2015.
- Corey Oates (BRI) scored three tries in round 23, 2016.
Players to have played for both sides
- Brett Plowman (BRI: 1988-1993 & PAR: 1994-1995)
- Stuart Kelly (PAR: 1996-2000 & BRI: 2001-2005)
- PJ Marsh (PAR: 2000-2001, 2005-2007 & BRI: 2008-2009)
- Chris Walker (BRI: 1999-2002 & PAR: 2011)
- Carl Webb (BRI: 2000-2004 & PAR: 2011)
- Paul Green (PAR: 2003 & BRI: 2004)
- Casey McGuire (PAR: 1998, 2011-2012 & BRI: 2001-2006)
- Reece Robinson (BRI: 2008 & PAR: 2015)
- Todd Lowrie (PAR: 2007-2009 & BRI: 2014)
- Corey Norman (BRI: 2010-2013 & PAR: 2014-2018)
- Josh Hoffman (BRI: 2008-2014 & PAR: 2017-2018)
Head coaching records
Ricky Stuart (PAR) – 1/1 at 100%.
Michael Hagan (PAR) – 2/3 at 66.7%.
Brian Smith (PAR) – 10/16 at 62.5%.
Wayne Bennett (BRI) – 26/43 at 60.5% (1 draw)
Brad Arthur (PAR) – 4/7 at 57.1%.
Anthony Griffin (BRI) – 3/6 at 50%.
Daniel Anderson (PAR) – 2/4 at 50%.
Ivan Henjak (BRI) – 2/4 at 50%.
Stephen Kearney (PAR) – 1/2 at 50%.
John Monie (PAR) – 1/4 at 25%.
Michael Cronin (PAR) – 1/7 at 14.3%.
Jason Taylor (PAR) – 0/1 at 0%.
Ron Hilditch (PAR) – 0/4 at 0%. (1 draw)
Most prolific point-scorers in this clash
- Luke Burt (PAR) – 11 tries, 45 goals & 1 field goal (135 pts)
- Michael De Vere (PAR) – 3 tries & 33 goals (84 pts)
- Corey Parker (BRI) – 1 try & 30 goals (64 pts)
- Darren Lockyer (PAR) – 6 tries, 17 goals & 1 field goal (59 pts)
- Terry Matterson (BRI) – 3 tries & 22 goals (56 pts)
- Krisnan Inu (PAR) – 8 tries & 11 goals (54 pts)
- Michael Hancock (BRI) – 12 tries (48 pts)
- Julian O’Neill (BRI) – 4 tries, 15 goals & 1 field goal (47 pts)
- Allan Langer (BRI) – 10 tries & 1 goal (42 pts)
- Anthony Milford (BRI) – 4 tries, 7 goals & 1 field goal (31 pts)
- Jason Moodie (PAR) – 7 tries & 1 goal (30 pts)
- Steve Renouf (BRI) – 7 tries (28 pts)
- Shaun Berrigan (BRI) – 7 tries (28 pts)
- Justin Hodges (BRI) – 7 tries (28 pts)
- Mitchell Moses (PAR) – 13 goals (26 pts)