This weekend sees rugby league make its long awaited return to Suncorp Stadium in the form of the Broncos v Cowboys derby.
This match traditionally would have opened the season here in Brisbane but scheduling conflicts saw the Broncos away week one to Parramatta.
The “Queensland Derby” is always highly anticipated and has seen some intense matches over the years.
This year has added attraction with the return of Petero Civoniceva to the fold. Broncos fans everywhere welcome his return and I wouldn’t take too much notice of his selection on the bench earlier in the week. I would be most surprised if he doesn’t start.
Both teams had contrasting results in round one. The Broncos ground out a solid win over Parramatta in Sydney in what I believe is a great way to start the season; solid with plenty of room for improvement.
Notable was the defensive effort from Brisbane, the most important ingredient to premiership success.
The Cowboys however were soundly beaten by the Titans. No one has declared the game to be a classic with both sides guilty of poor handling.
It’s fraught with danger to read too much into early season form and I would caution against writing the Cowboys off - particularly for tonight’s game.
Proud teams like the Cowboys always look to make amends for poor performance, which adds to that the natural upswing in enthusiasm, meaning the Broncos will have their hands full.
I think the Broncos are likely to get the result, principally because they have no baggage from round one and can just improve a bit more to keep their momentum building.
North Queensland will inadvertently try “too hard” but will be much better than they were last week.Brisbane by 12.