Broncos

Broncos burdened by injury blows

As the team completed their captain's run in Sydney on Friday Gillett was off having scans on the injury that he sustained whilst playing for Queensland in Game Three of the Holden State of Origin series on Wednesday night.

A final decision on the make-up of the Brisbane team will be made on Saturday morning with Alex Glenn likely to move from the centres to the back row, Lachlan Maranta to come in on the wing and Joe Boyce to play his first NRL game of the season and just the second of his career off the bench.

The one game that torments Luke Douglas

Game No.100 was a loss to the Warriors, game No.200 a rare Titans win over Brisbane but as he prepares for game No.250 on Sunday there is one game that still haunts Luke Douglas to this day.

It was game No.74 of a career now in its 11th season and was an agonising exit in finals football, a place Douglas has been unable to visit again in the seven years that have since passed.

NRL Grand Final: Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys set to play out historic decider

The all-Queensland angle is a dead horse worth beating as two clubs from rugby league's heartland returning to the game's biggest stage after almost a decade absent is vitally important for the sport as a whole, but it is far from the only reason to get excited about today's clash.