A huge weekend of NRL finals is underway.
First up, the Broncos-Roosters clash at Suncorp Stadium and Brisbane went in with a full strength squad and a full house of fans.
Tom Fowles reports.
The Broncos held a closed training session today keeping it low key.
The fans will be anything but.
The showdown has been billed as an instant classic with both teams lighting up the NRL this year.
Coach Wayne Bennett has highlighted in-form Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as the dangerman for the Roosters.
They’ll also be bolstered by the return of halfback Mitchell Pearce.
His blues team mate Josh Reynolds said he’s got what it takes to lead the Roosters to victory.
Reynolds supported the roosters as a child, but says any feelings of goodwill will have to be kept from his bulldog team mates.
Josh Reynolds, Bulldogs halfback: “I wouldn’t say I’m cheering for them, if I go back to Belmore today I’ll get shot literally.”
History is on the Queenslanders’ side. The Broncos have won their last four finals at Suncorp Stadium the Roosters have managed only a measly four out of 12 finals wins away from home. With 50,000 screaming fans tipped to pack into Suncorp Stadium tonight, it’s not going to get any easier for the minor premiers.
And Queensland’s other finals hope, the Cowboys, have some history of their own to overcome, when they face the Storm at AAMI park this Sunday.
It’s been 10 years since they’ve been in a grand final, the Storm have featured in five since then.
The Cowboys head into the game fresh off their 39-point drubbing of the Sharks last week.
Tom Fowles, QUT News.