Last-chance training for the Broncos at Suncorp this morning, in a little over 24 hours, we’ll know if Brisbane is one of this year’s Rugby League Grand Finalists.

The Sydney Roosters are favourites for Friday night but Brisbane isn’t fazed.

Eleanor Grounds reports.


The Broncos might be well-rested after their week off, but coach Wayne Bennett knows Friday’s game is going to be a close one.

Wayne Bennett, Broncos Coach: “There’s not much between both teams and with a fair bit of luck tomorrow night, bounce the ball, could be the difference between winning and losing.”

The Broncs are adamant they’ll be on the front foot and not basing their game off the Roosters’ strategy.

Wayne Bennett, Broncos Coach: “They’ve done extremely well, the Roosters, but it’s not something that we’ve kind of, you know, said, Well, that’s what we’ve got to beat”.

Rooster Mitchell Pearce will be making his return to the field tomorrow night after more than a month off.

He sustained a hamstring injury the last time these two teams met in round 24.

The team that comes out on top tomorrow night will go on to face the winner of Saturday’s Melbourne-North Queensland showdown in the grand final on Sunday week.

Mal Meninga, League Legend: “I’d love to see a Broncos-Cowboys and obviously I’d love to see the Cowboys win it for the mere fact that they haven’t won one before.”

Football wasn’t the only thing on Mal’s mind today. He dropped in to Suncorp to help a cause that’s close to his heart.

The footy superstar handed over a $7,000 cheque to the Compass Institute.

Mal Meninga, League Legend: “They do some fantastic work for people with disabilities and kids with disabilities and the reason I did, my brother and my nephew is part of the institute and I know what a fantastic job they do.”

The money comes from the artist who immortalised Meninga in bronze last year and kindly decided to donate a large chunk of his earnings to the cause.

Eleanor Grounds, QUT News.