Graphic: Igor Lazarevic
This Brisbane Rhinos (2-1) will play host to the Gold Coast Stingrays (1-1-1) Saturday, October 23 within the fourth spherical of motion in Gridiron Queensland’s 2021 season.
The Rhinos are coming off a difficult 53-20 loss to the league main Brisbane Ravens after beating the USQ Mustangs 29-14 and the Logan Town Bears 44-6. In the meantime, Gold Coast had been additionally overwhelmed badly by way of the Ravens, 58-0 however rebounded with a 33-0 blanking of SCS/MBR.
Brisbane’s offense is the second one easiest scoring within the league thus far averaging 3o issues a sport, however they have got given up 71 issues within the 3 video games (53 of the ones to the unbeaten Ravens).
Brisbane head trainer Samuel Harkness enters the sport with out his beginning quarterback Mitchell Bradford, who sprained his ankle ultimate week, so he’s going to glance to backup Riley Dix. Dix’s major objectives might be broad receiver Max Williams who has stuck six landing passes, together with Calder Shanks and Jarrod Toshack. At working again, Riley Wooden, Reagan Holliday and Angus Franz will rotate. Heart Ryan Glasson anchors a tender offensive line. Defensively, defensive lineman Harry Martin has been a standout and paired with newcomer Xavier Savelino at linebacker, items a powerful entrance seven. Within the secondary, cornerback Nate Ashton-Miles has opened with season impressively and with veteran safeties Chiam James and Tyson Snagg each taking part in smartly, the Stingrays may have a difficult time throwing the ball.
For the Stingrays, head trainer Länce Töngakilo might be reckoning on extraordinary rookie working again Gab Salvo, who leads the crew in dashing and scored two touchdowns within the 33-0 win over SCS/MBR two weeks in the past. Fifteen-year veteran wideout Riku Haataja continues to supply and in addition scored two touchdowns whilst catching for over 100 yards in ultimate week’s victory. Gold Coast additionally has quarterbacking woes with TE Dylan Napier being pressed into carrier this week.
On protection, a couple of inexperienced persons, linebackers Christian Denton and Lucas Aufanc, had been making giant performs for the Stingrays and provides the protection superb mobility. Veteran Nata Togafu has moved from linebacker to defensive position and the transition has been clean in line with Töngakilo. Defensive lineman Sam Matautia with enjoy from taking part in in Europe together with Lui Breese who has additionally moved from linebacker to defensive position, give the Stingrays an excellent lineup up entrance on protection.
Each groups have fallen to the Ravens by way of lopsided margins so this might be a struggle for 2d position.