PREVIEW: Rd 14, 2017
Brisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs
These two teams fought out a 25-24 thriller earlier this season and South Sydney will be out for revenge on Friday night after being on the wrong end of that result.
The Rabbitohs will be fresh coming off the bye, but they will want to be better then their last hit-out. That was in Round 12, with South Sydney producing a display that saw them lose 22-16 to the Parramatta Eels.
Yet it will be a largely unchanged side for Maguire this week, with Bryson Goodwin returning to the centres and Tyrell Fuimaono moving back to the bench. Robbie Rochow is the unlucky one, dropping out of the 17.
The Broncos on the on the other hand have been gallant over the Origin period but have just not had luck go their way.
Brisbane's 28-10 loss to the New Zealand Warriors was expected in Round 12 as they had seven players missing, and their two-point loss to the Sydney Roosters in Round 13 was a match that could have gone either way, even without stars Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima.
Those two return this week, with the impressive Benji Marshall dropping out of the 17 after two solid performances.
Queensland Maroon Milford makes his first appearance for the Broncos since Round 11 and he will be desperate to make up for lost time, with his side losing both matches in his absence. Milford's running game will be crucial at the back end of each half and if he can make the 100 run metres he averages this season then Brisbane will be hard to beat.
Wayne Bennett will be looking for the 22-year-old to spark his side's attack against a huge Rabbitohs forward pack that should and will tire as the match progresses.
South Sydney have two major reasons to win this clash: revenge and desperation. The Rabbitohs will want to get payback for their controversial one-point loss to the Broncos earlier this year. Every 50/50 call went Brisbane's way that night and it left coach Maguire livid that his side didn't get the two points.