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Not even the most optimistic Dolphins fans could have envisaged their team would be unbeaten as they headed into their historic first meeting against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

The promoter's dream pits master mentor Wayne Bennett against Kevin Walters, the man he shared five premierships with as coach and player at the Broncos between 1992 and 2000.

Former Broncos Anthony Milford, Jamayne Isaako, Tesi Niu, Brenko Lee and Kodi Nikorima will be out to get one over on their old club as the Dolphins look to continue their fairytale start to their debut season.

The battle in the middle between Jesse Bromwich and Payne Haas promises to be a beauty with the Broncos enforcer already churning out 210m per game in 2023 and the former Storm man leading by example with 29 tackles and 115m per match at the Dolphins.

In front of a heaving Friday night crowd at the home of Queensland rugby league this promises to be a memorable clash between two sides looking more than capable of playing finals in 2023.

If Bennett's men can get past their crosstown rivals they can set their sights on a clash against another one of their coach's former teams in St George Illawarra and a very real shot of starting their debut season with five wins on the trot.

Team News

Dolphins: Rookie five-eighth Isaiya Katoa dropped out an hour before kick-off after being troubled by an elbow issue this week. Veteran playmaker Anthony Milford comes into the side against his former club. Mason Teague has been moved into the starting line-up with Kodi Nikorima going to the bench. Felise Kaufusi was found guilty of Dangerous Contact at the judiciary on Tuesday night and will miss four matches, with Poasa Faamausili coming in to start in the second row.

Broncos: The Broncos are 1-17 with no late changes. Forward Kobe Hetherington dropped out of the reserves on Thursday meaning his NRL return is at least another week away, following a pre-season biceps injury. Deine Mariner is 18th man.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Dolphins is number 1 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Dolphins is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Jesse Arthars
  • Centre for Dolphins is number 3 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Dolphins is number 4 Brenko Lee
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
  • Winger for Dolphins is number 5 Tesi Niu
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Selwyn Cobbo
  • Five-Eighth for Dolphins is number 21 Anthony Milford
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Ezra Mam
  • Halfback for Dolphins is number 7 Sean O'Sullivan
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Adam Reynolds


  • Prop for Dolphins is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Thomas Flegler
  • Hooker for Dolphins is number 17 Mason Teague
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Billy Walters
  • Prop for Dolphins is number 18 Poasa Faamausili
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Dolphins is number 10 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kurt Capewell
  • 2nd Row for Dolphins is number 12 Connelly Lemuelu
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki
  • Lock for Dolphins is number 13 Tom Gilbert
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan


  • Interchange for Dolphins is number 9 Kodi Nikorima
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
  • Interchange for Dolphins is number 14 Jarrod Wallace
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Keenan Palasia
  • Interchange for Dolphins is number 15 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Corey Jensen
  • Interchange for Dolphins is number 16 Ray Stone
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Martin Taupau


  • Replacement for Dolphins is number 22 Robert Jennings
    Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Deine Mariner

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton

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Stat Attack

  • Broncos halfback Adam Reynolds has come up with four try assists so far this season and Dolphins No.7 Sean O'Sullivan has three.
  • The last time the Broncos started a season 4-0 was 2003.
  • Dolphins captain Jesse Bromwich has won 21 games from 23 against the Broncos.
  • Broncos five-eighth Ezra Mam has scored eight tries in nine games at Suncorp Stadium.
  • The Dolphins boast the NRL’s leading point scorer (Jamayne Isaako) and two of the leading try-scorers (Isaako and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow).
  • Broncos winger Selwyn Cobbo has scored 16 tries in his past 15 NRL games.
  • Wayne Bennett has won five of his past six games coaching against the Broncos.

Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.

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The Dolphins respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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