Broncos v Storm: Hetherington good to go; Hughes the boss

An all top-eight clash with huge ramifications for both sides in front of a huge crowd at Suncorp Stadium looms as one of the highlights of Round 23.

The Broncos got back on track with a win over the Knights and sit sixth on the ladder while the Storm were ultra impressive in their shutout of the Panthers.

When the two sides met in Melbourne in Round 15 it was the Storm getting home 32-20 so they'll be full of confidence, particularly given the form of Cameron Munster at fullback.

The Broncos have superstars of their own in Adam Reynolds, Payne Haas and Kotoni Staggs, all capable of carving up the defence if given too much room to move.

The Rundown
Team news

Broncos: Kobe Hetherington has been named to start despite suffering a head knock against the Knights and Ryan James goes to the bench. Jordan Pereira is 18th Man. No changes to the squad in Thursday's 24-hour update.

Storm: Playmaker Jahrome Hughes returns after missing Round 22 with a shoulder injury but Felise Kaufusi is still on personal leave after the passing of his father. Young Tonumaipe'a will start in the centre with Marion Seve dropping out due to a low grade hamstring injury. No changes in Thursday's 24-hour update.

Key match-up
Payne Haas v Jesse Bromwich: If the Broncos are to make a statement by taking down one of the competition's heavyweights they will need Haas at his destructive best. The Blues Origin enforcer is churning out 169 metres per game in 2022 and has 51 tackle breaks to his name, while Bromwich has lifted his intensity in the past three weeks as the finals draw closer. The 291-game veteran sets a high bar for his fellow forwards and will relish the challenge of meeting Haas and Thomas Flegler head on in a battle for supremacy.

Stat Attack
Broncos wingers Corey Oates (18) and Selwyn Cobbo (15) have 33 line breaks between them for the season, while Cameron Munster (15) and Justin Olam (13) are the Storm's top two line breakers. As a team the Storm lead the NRL with 124 line breaks, 30 more than Brisbane's tally of 94.

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