The Brisbane Broncos annual lunch today gave players the opportunity to dine out on atmosphere ahead of Friday night’s clash with the Gold Coast Titans.

The match promises to be a close one, with both teams fired up from their weekend wins.

Stephanie Bourke reports.

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The Broncos took time out from their busy training schedule to wine and dine before the local derby.

While it hasn’t been the best start to the season, the Broncos are hopeful they’ve turned the corner after their shock win over the Storm on Sunday.

Darren Lockyer, Broncos Captain: “The team particularly the young guys, got a lot of confidence out of it. A few guys are coming back from injury. There was a good feeling in the camp this week.”

The Broncos will have a full-strength team with four key playings returning from injury, while the Titans will be sweating on the recovery of Preston Campbell.

Scott Prince, Titans Captain: “He’s pretty confident he can get through but I guess at the end of the day it’s really up to the medical staff and whether they want to risk Presto this week.”

Bronco Peter Wallace, has been given the green light for Friday’s game after overcoming a knee ligament injury.

It’s hoped the halfback will provide some much needed stability and experience to the team.

Meanwhile, the Titans have been working on improving their defence following their win against the Knights on the weekend.

Scott Prince, Titans Captain: “Certainly our attitude and defence last week was missing, something that was out of character for us. Especially for the last month of footy, our defence has been the cornerstone of our wins.”

The game will also mark the two-hundredth first grade appearance for Bronco Corey Parker.

Stephanie Bourke, QUT News