The Brisbane Broncos are still in the running for the minor premiership or a top-two finish in the Telstra Premiership. While their ultimate goal is to claim the number one spot on the ladder, finishing in the top two would provide them with a significant advantage in the finals.
Brisbane has the potential to complete their regular season anywhere from first to third place. However, securing a top-two finish would mean that they could play two crucial finals matches at home before potentially heading to Sydney for the Grand Final. This would provide them with a major advantage as they would have the support of their passionate fans behind them.
Throughout the season, the Broncos have had to venture outside of Queensland on only six occasions. Their upcoming clash against Canberra on Sunday will mark their seventh interstate trip. This demonstrates the team’s ability to perform strongly when playing away from their home ground in Brisbane.
Interestingly, Brisbane has been fortunate enough to have two other teams, the Manly Sea Eagles and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, choose to host their home games in Queensland. This has helped reduce the number of times the Broncos have had to travel interstate.
Furthermore, the Broncos have faced their local rivals, the North Queensland Cowboys, Gold Coast Titans, and Melbourne Storm, twice each. Out of these encounters, it was only the Titans who managed to defeat the Broncos in Round 17.
With a strong home record and a successful track record when playing away, the Brisbane Broncos should not be daunted by the prospect of travelling south if it becomes necessary. Their experience and adaptability throughout the season have proven that they have what it takes to perform at their best, regardless of the location.