Broncos vs Sea Eagles: NRL Magic Round Set to Electrify Suncorp Stadium

The 2024 NRL Magic Round roars into action Friday, May 17, with a double-header featuring pivotal clashes that could shape the season for both sides involved. Raiders vs Bulldogs kicks off 6:00 p.m., followed by Broncos vs Sea Eagles two hours later at Suncorp Stadium.

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Raiders vs Bulldogs

The Bulldogs go into the contest full of confidence after beating the Titans, Roosters, Knights and Wests Tigers this year. Under the guidance of Stephen Crichton, the Canterbury outfit has shown remarkable improvement. But their resolve will be put to the test against Ricky Stuart’s no-nonsense Raiders.

Coming off a hard-fought win over Manly and a well-timed bye, Canberra will be refreshed and ready to continue their Magic Round dominance. In recent years, the Raiders have twice beaten the Bulldogs (2021 and 2023) and the Sharks (2022) in this event.

Broncos vs Sea Eagles

Heading into the main event, the Broncos are riding high after a 30-14 thumping of the Eels on Friday night. They are eager to build on this momentum in their return to Brisbane, where they have claimed three out of four contests against Manly during Magic Round, including a resounding triumph last year.

Coach Kevin Walters is hopeful of welcoming back Jock Madden from a pectoral injury that has kept him out since round eight, further strengthening the Broncos’ lineup.

The Sea Eagles, reeling from the loss of star fullback Tom Trbojevic, return to Suncorp Stadium for the second consecutive week.

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With the NRL Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium, fans are in for a festival of football like no other. Sixteen teams descend upon Queensland’s home of rugby league for an action-packed weekend of pivotal match-ups.

Published 14-May-2024

Reds vs Rebels: Queensland Aim to Continue Winning Ways Against Melbourne

Fifth-placed Queensland Reds will be looking to maintain their winning ways when they host the sixth-placed Melbourne Rebels on Friday, May 10. Reds vs Rebels kickoff 7:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Round 11 Reds

The Queensland Reds (5-5) are riding high after an impressive 33-28 away victory over the Crusaders last week. That famous win in Christchurch was their first since 1999 and a major confidence booster as they push for a finals spot.

Les Kiss’ side have been propelled by the stellar form of flanker Fraser McReight, who tops the turnovers chart despite a two-game suspension earlier in the season. The returning McReight was instrumental against the Crusaders with a tireless breakdown performance.

Reds vs Rebels

The Rebels (5-5), meanwhile, were beaten 53-26 at home by these same Reds back in March. They showed fight with a second-half comeback but were ultimately undone by their poor start.

Much could depend on the Reds ability to replicate their fast starts. Against their last outing against the Rebels, their forward pack laid the platform with a dominant first-half display, offloading frequently to create repeated chances.

Locks Seru Uru and Peni Ravai were destructive carriers that night. If they can provide front-foot ball again, the Reds’ backline of Lawson Creighton, Jock Campbell and the in-form Tim Ryan have the talent to capitalise.

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The Reds face their next crucial test in the 5th vs 6th showdown, taking on a desperate Rebels team in a fight for finals survival. Expect fireworks at Suncorp in this high-stakes clash.

Published 07-May-2024

Broncos vs Roosters: Brisbane Boosted by Cobbo and Mam Returns for Vegas Rematch

The Brisbane Broncos receive a significant boost for Friday night’s blockbuster clash against the Sydney Roosters, with Ezra Mam and Selwyn Cobbo returning from injury to slot into the starting line-up. Broncos vs Roosters kicks off 8:00 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

The club’s six-game winning streak at home will be on the line as they seek redemption against the side that defeated them in the historic Vegas opener.

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Brisbane reinforcements

Cobbo’s comeback from a shoulder issue sees him reclaim the centre position, pushing Jesse Arthars back to the wing and omitting Corey Oates from the 17-man squad. Meanwhile, Mam’s recovery from a finger injury allows him to slot back into the pivotal number six jersey, replacing Jock Madden.

Winning rhythm

The Broncos enter the contest brimming with confidence after their 34-10 thumping of the Wests Tigers last weekend. Captain Adam Reynolds displayed a masterclass in playmaking, while the forward pack led by Pat Carrigan, Payne Haas, and Kobe Hetherington laid the platform.

Despite the Tigers’ sin-binning and sustained pressure, Brisbane’s resolve was unwavering. Their efforts were rewarded with two tries on both sides of the break, including Reece Walsh’s long-range effort after a pinpoint Reynolds kick.

Broncos vs Roosters, Vegas rematch

The Broncos have made Suncorp Stadium a formidable fortress, winning their last six games at the venue. However, they faced a stern test against the Roosters in the season’s curtain-raiser in Las Vegas, going down 20-10 in a clash mired with controversy.

While emotions could run high given the racial abuse incident in the previous game, Reynolds insists the Broncos have moved past it. “It’s another game for us,” he said. “We have moved past it and addressed it as a club. I’m sure [the Roosters] have too. It is another opportunity to play our brand of football and get better.”

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As the home fans rally behind their side, the stage is set for an enthralling encounter, with the Broncos eager to maintain their winning ways and avenge their opening loss to the Roosters.

Published 30-April-2024

Reds vs Blues: Queensland Ring in Changes for Anzac Clash

The Queensland Reds have made three changes to their starting XV for the Anzac Weekend Super Rugby Pacific clash against the Blues on Saturday, April 26. Josh Flook’s timely return at outside centre is the headliner, with the experienced campaigner replacing the injured Jordan Petaia. Reds vs Blues kickoff 5:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Personnel shuffle 

In addition to Flook’s inclusion, Angus Blyth comes into the second row for Cormac Daly. Daly is sidelined with minor soreness following the 31-0 win over the Highlanders.

Head coach Les Kiss has also handed 20-year-old speedster Tim Ryan his first run-on opportunity on the wing, with Mac Grealy making way.

Connor Vest and Floyd Aubrey are set for potential debuts, providing cover in the forwards and backs.

Anzac Weekend commemorations

The team will don their special khaki Anzac jerseys for the occasion, paying tribute to the 60 Queensland Reds who served in five wars, with 11 making the ultimate sacrifice.

An Anzac service featuring military personnel will be held pre-match, with the Ode read by Wallaroos prop Bree-Anna Browne.

“The boys love the jersey…there is depth of understanding of something bigger than the game,” Kiss said.

Reds vs Blues battle for momentum

Kiss knows his side faces a formidable challenge against the in-form Blues, who thumped the Brumbies last round. “We know the task ahead of us on Saturday,” he said.

While satisfied with recent efforts against Kiwi opposition, Kiss wants an 80-minute display at Suncorp Stadium, where “the boys love it.”

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How the Reds will fare against the high-flying Blues remains to be seen, but the substitutions have injected freshness into the starting side for a pivotal Anzac encounter.

Published 26-April-2024

Reunion at Suncorp Stadium in Milton: Footy Fan Meets Staff Who Saved His Life

A year after collapsing from a heart attack at an NRL game, a footy fan has emotionally reunited with the Suncorp Stadium staff whose timely intervention and first aid skills saved his life.

In 2023, Douglas Burke, a devoted fan of the Redcliffe Dolphins, experienced a life-threatening emergency during a game against the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium.  Mr Burke was on his way to the restrooms when he collapsed at the bottom of a stairway. 

Medical Emergency Response

Stadium staff, including Stand Manager Deb and Errol Phillips, responded quickly. Realising the severity of the situation, they administered CPR and used a defibrillator until emergency services arrived. 

The medical response lasted several critical minutes before Mr Burke was transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital.

The staff’s recent first aid training was crucial on the day of the incident. Errol Phillips, who played a significant role in the resuscitation effort, noted that although it was his first real-life application of CPR, the training they had refreshed just weeks earlier prepared them well. 

The team’s efforts were so forceful that Mr Burke sustained a broken sternum and ribs, indicative of the vigorous and lifesaving CPR provided.

Recognition and Recovery

The Suncorp Stadium staff, including Deb and Errol, received a Beyond Expectations Award from the venue for their heroic actions. 

Suncorp Stadium
Photo Credit: Suncorp Stadium

Mr Burke’s recovery was complete, and he expressed profound gratitude towards the staff for their actions that day, emphasizing the impact of their training and quick response.

After his recovery, Mr Burke returned to Suncorp Stadium to personally thank the staff who saved his life. This reunion, filled with gratitude and emotional exchanges, underscored the importance of trained first responders in public venues. 

Published 22-April-2024

Gold Standard Fitness Training in Fitstop Milton Offers Only Recovery Room in the Area

The emergence of using Recovery Boots after intense physical exercise by professional athletes has now moved into the realms of everyday people in the Milton area. It’s now rare to find pro sports teams not focusing on the recovery process and the science behind recovery boot technology has developed hugely over the last few years.

Fitstop Milton co-owners Mic Linfoot and Gigi Johnson established the first recovery room in the area to enable their clients to benefit from this technology.

“The Normantec Recovery Boots offer the very best massage you will ever have. They are proven to help lymphatic drainage, decreasing pain and soreness, allowing the lower body to recuperate far quicker. The recovery room also has an Infrared Sauna which has an abundance of health benefits and is ideal for that post work-out recovery.”

The recovery room is bolted onto the back-end of their training system which offers a unique program within a supportive community.

The Fitstop system revolves around 4 training blocks per year, each 12-week training block breaking down into 4 phases of 3 weeks each:

Base – Focus is getting back to basics and building or rebuilding a solid base and allowing a little bit of a deload and recovery.

Build – Focuses on starting to build on the foundations of the previous phase and starts to see an increase in the strength part of the programming.

Performance – This is where members start to be tested in terms of fitness and strength capacity through the trackable workouts and lifts.

Peak – The last 3 weeks are where members push their fitness, strength and
endurance and see their progress over the previous 9 weeks.

Photo Credit: Fitstop Milton

Members love the Fitstop Milton Community

Mic is very proud of the community he and Gigi have built.

“We know all of the names of our members and their stories and care about what is happening in their lives. People don’t just come here and workout, they come here and make friends that will be with them for a lifetime. We take their fitness very seriously and love the privilege of helping them with their goals,” he says.

The 7.30 Run Club takes place on Sunday mornings “focus on intervals to help people improve their running through shorter run efforts.”

“We open this up to everyone in the community, not just our members as it is a great social Sunday and then we hit the markets after. Just like our gym, run club is for everyone, the pro runners, parents with prams, beginner runners, members who want a Sunday morning jog with their pups – everyone is welcome,” says Mic.

Meanwhile, the Saturday Sweat Pairs are also open to the public, enabling the community to experience firsthand what the workouts entail and join in on the fun.

An example of how much the members love Fitstop Milton was on display a few months ago, when the community bootcamp organised by Mic and Gigi, attracted 240 people, the largest turnout in the Franchise across Australia.

Photo Credit: Fitstop Milton

“All of our members are our ambassadors and have stories of how they have made improvements in their life from not exercising to now running marathons, competing in their 1st powerlifting competition, doing their first triathlon or just being able to chase their kids around and not get out of breath,” says Gigi.

Photo Credit: Fitstop Milton

Gigi was voted Business Woman of the Year for the Cooper area, receiving the award from Jonty Bush, Member for Cooper and Fitstop Milton was also voted the best gym in Inner Brisbane.

Gigi Fitstop Milton
Photo Credit: Supplied

How would Mic suggest using the gym?

Mic was asked how he would best use the current special offer of 2 weeks membership for $54.

“The best way to get the most value from our two-week offer is always to start by downloading the Fitstop app and doing a free session first so they can come and meet the team, the community and check out the gym before starting the two-week trial.”

“The goal during the two-week trial would always be to get to gym at least 3 times per week and if people have had a little bit of a break we would suggest having a day off between gym days to allow for them to recover. Monday, Wednesday, Friday is a great start as this lets people see all three styles of training we run and allows that rest in between.”

“We also always let people go at their own pace initially and we use the first few weeks to mainly get them back into a routine of training again and let them settle in as they learn how our sessions work.”

Darren’s Story

Darren is a 55-year-old manager in the scientific industry. He loves Fitstop Milton and what it has done for him. He answered a few questions about his journey:

What was your exercise routine 3 years ago and prior?

“I got a trainer 10 years ago for ‘middle aged spread,’ eventually migrating to group fitness in a park. The trainer was very good and I certainly increased my fitness but it’s limited in what you can do; what exercises are available and muscle groups you can work. Mainly cardio.”

What made you go to the doctors 3 years ago, and what did they find?

“Actually, the whole thing is a journey – I have a condition that was diagnosed 15 years ago. It’s fine but research indicated a potential concern of bone density so my doctor ordered a test in 2019. In a scan of my spine, it showed that I had a bad score, and was in a low bone density range, indicating a potential fracture risk, and would be defined as having osteopenia (next step below osteoporosis). So I was probably fighting the usual bone density decreases of age plus this condition.”

How did you find out about Fitstop?

“Word of mouth. In order to do more lifting and so help with the bone density issue I joined one of the large gym chains. It was OK but I found very limited support in technique or even lifting safety boring and I wasn’t getting much out of it. I was telling a friend at the same gym and she said she was leaving it to join a Fitstop in Milton and I should try out a special they had on. I hadn’t heard of Fitstop before that.”

What was the journey to recovery in terms of bone density?

“It’s great. I have been able to add squats and deadlifts and have significantly increased my lift weights. Not being silly but getting myself to work harder over the last few years.”

“This has meant that in a recent spine scan this year I no longer fell in the low bone density range and my score indicated that I would no longer be defined as having osteopenia. I was in the ‘normal’ range for my age. I am going to keep working to get it up even higher but I was stoked of course. I am not on any drugs to address this issue – it’s been driven by the gym work.”

Why do you think the Fitstop method has helped in that recovery?

“The difference was totally Fitstop. As you age, being able to lift is crucial and not just for bone density. At a regular gym, I knew basically what I wanted to do, but didn’t have the confidence or the knowledge to do the lifts and exercises I wanted safely with decent weight.”

“With the small group size of Fitstop sessions, I got genuinely useful technique instruction on doing my lifts safely. The variability in Fitstop session types and the different stations means it’s never boring so I tend to go more often.”

Are there any other improvements you have found since starting working out with Fitstop?

“Previously having just focused on boot camp/cardio I hadn’t seen much impact on body shape or muscle mass. I find the variability of exercise types and adding the lifting has meant my body shape and posture has improved dramatically and I have added a decent amount of lean muscle mass. But I haven’t neglected cardio – those condition sessions can be tough but
are great.”

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Published 21-April-2024

Broncos vs Raiders: Unchanged for Canberra Grind, Stars to Return Next Week

The Brisbane Broncos will field an unchanged lineup for Saturday’s Round 7 clash against the Canberra Raiders. Jock Madden, Fletcher Baker, Corey Oates, and Jaiyden Hunt retain their starting spots after stellar performances in last week’s win over Redcliffe. Broncos vs Raiders kickoff 5:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Broncos take the Battle

The Broncos had to dig deep against their Queensland rivals, overcoming a sloppy first half to prevail 28-14 over the Dolphins in front of a packed Suncorp. The Broncos were simply too strong, led by monumental efforts from Pat Carrigan (46 tackles, 207 metres) and Selwyn Cobbo.

Brace for a Broncos vs Raiders grindfest

Prop Corey Jensen says the Broncos are prepared for a physical battle against the Raiders (4-2, third in the league). “They’re a side that plays the long game, they don’t mind getting into a grind.” Jensen stated.

“They love getting down and dirty with teams and that’s something we’re going to have to be ready for.”

Jensen also praised the impact of Broncos (3-3, 10th) young forwards Xavier Willison and Ben Te Kura off the bench. “He’s [Willison] an awesome prospect, same with Benny Te Kura. The sky’s the limit for both those guys with their willingness to learn and get better.”

ANZAC round up next

Ahead of next week’s ANZAC round, coach Kevin Walters confirms a quartet of stars will return from injury for the Round 8 match against Wests Tigers.

While not ready this week, prop Payne Haas (knee), winger Deine Mariner (back), captain Adam Reynolds (hamstring), and second-rower Brendan Piakura (ankle) are all expected to play against the Tigers.

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The Broncos, gunning for a sixth-straight home win, will need to be at their physical best against Canberra’s grind game. They need to hold on to the home crowd’s support before reinforcements arrive for the ANZAC round.

Published 17-April-2024

Reds vs Highlanders: Queensland Forced to Reshuffle Lineup Ahead of Clash

The Queensland Reds are dealing with a rash of injuries and suspensions as they prepare to host the Highlanders this Friday, April 19. After a narrow 17-14 loss to Moana Pasifika last weekend, the Reds have lost several key players, putting their depth to the test. Reds vs Highlanders kickoff 5:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Injuries and suspensions plague the Reds

Co-captain Tate McDermott and flanker Fraser McReight both received red cards in the match against Moana Pasifika, ruling them out for the upcoming game. Adding to the Reds’ woes, promising forward Seru Uru will be sidelined for up to six weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. Outside Josh Flook (shoulder) will also miss the match.

Head coach Les Kiss acknowledged the challenges his team is facing, calling the situation “not ideal.” However, he remains optimistic about the opportunity to test the depth of the Reds’ roster.

Reds vs Highlanders lineup changes

With the absences, Kiss is likely to shuffle his lineup for the crucial clash against the Highlanders. Jordan Petaia could move to outside centre to cover for Flook’s injury, while Mac Grealy is expected to return to the wing.

In the forward pack, Angus Blyth could start in place of the injured Uru, while Cormac Daly is another option to bolster the squad. Kiss may also promote Junior Wallabies back-rower John Bryant to replace the suspended McReight, or shift co-captain Liam Wright to his preferred position at openside flanker.

Reds look to bounce back against New Zealand opposition

The Reds will be eager to bounce back from their surprise defeat against Moana Pasifika, where Queensland lost the lead with less than two minutes to go.

“Fans have come out to support us really well at Suncorp Stadium and we’ll want to atone for sure,” Kiss declared after the loss.

The team will now face a tough stretch of matches against New Zealand opposition, starting with the Highlanders this Friday.

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Despite the challenges, Kiss remains confident in his team’s ability to respond and regain their early-season form.

“The opportunity in this now is to give a little bit more exposure to players who were playing off the bench and other players in the program to step up too,” he said.

Published 17-April-2024

Brewing Maestro: Ken Wolf Marks Over 40 Years at XXXX Brewery in Milton

Ken Wolf has become synonymous with the historic XXXX Brewery in Milton, where he has spent more than four decades perfecting the craft of beer brewing and now leads hundreds of enthusiasts on tours, sharing the myths and magic of one of Brisbane’s most iconic brewing houses.

Ken’s relationship with beer began over 40 years ago when he first joined the Castlemaine Perkins team, a staple of Brisbane’s brewing industry. Initially starting as a brewer, Ken’s deep-seated passion for beer and brewing is evident from his long-standing tenure, culminating in his role today as a tour guide, affectionately known as the “Willy Wonka of Brewing.” 

His role transitioned when he returned to the brewery after a brief retirement, spurred on by his wife’s encouragement and his enduring love for the craft. As a guide, Ken breathes life into the storied corridors of the XXXX Brewery, illuminating its rich history for visitors. 

His storytelling educates and entertains, as he unveils the brewery’s technical evolution and cultural impact, making every tour a memorable journey through time.

Ken Wolf
Photo Credit: XXXX Milton/TripAdvisor

Today, Ken’s dedication to sharing the brewery’s history is as strong as ever. He sees his role as not just a job but as a crucial part of preserving and celebrating the brewing heritage that XXX represents. His tours not only cover the historical aspects but also delve into the brewery’s social and economic impacts on Queensland and Australia.

Ken Wolf remains a vital figure at XXXX Brewery, embodying the spirit of brewing tradition and the community ties of Milton. His efforts ensure that every visitor leaves with a deeper appreciation of the craft and history of brewing, making the XXXX Brewery a landmark not just in Brisbane but in the world of beer enthusiasts everywhere.

Castlemaine Perkins: A Chronicle of Brewing Excellence

The Castlemaine Perkins Brewery, located at 185 Milton Road, Milton, Brisbane, was established in 1878 on the site of a former rum distillery. Founded by brothers Nicholas and Edward Fitzgerald, the brewery has become a significant landmark in Brisbane. It continues to produce beer to this day under the flagship of the XXXX beer brand. The brewery’s origins are traced back to an earlier enterprise by the Fitzgeralds in Victoria, which gives its name to the current establishment. 

Castlemaine Perkins in Milton
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Over the years, Castlemaine Perkins has seen extensive technological changes that have streamlined brewing processes and reduced its workforce from over 800 employees in the 1980s to about 160 today.

Photo Credit: State Library of Queensland

Ken’s tours provide insights into these changes, highlighting the evolution from a labour-intensive operation to a more automated facility while retaining the craft’s traditional essence.

The brewery has played a pivotal role in the local culture, evidenced by the enduring popularity of the ‘Fourex Man’ in Queensland’s advertising history. Ken often shares stories illustrating the brewery’s deep connections with the community, such as reactions to past ownership changes and the brewery’s role in local traditions and celebrations.

The Fourex Man
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

XXXX Brewery Tour

The 90-minute tour of XXXX offers a comprehensive view of its history and brewing techniques, from its inception to its leadership in the industry.

On the brewery tour, guests will learn about the intricate brewing processes and the secrets of pouring the perfect pint of XXXX. The tour is educational and interactive, showcasing the flavors and brewing science that make XXXX a household name in Queensland.

After the tour, relax in the Alehouse with a beer tasting session. Try various XXXX brews and get a complimentary gift.

Practical Information and Booking

  • Pricing: The tour is priced at $37 per adult, which includes the guided tour, beer tasting session, and a free gift.
  • Age Restriction: Guests must be 18 years or older to participate in the tour.
  • Tour Schedule: Tours are available from Wednesday to Saturday. Private group tours can be arranged for groups of 15 or more upon request via email.
  • Safety and Accessibility: Guests are required to wear fully enclosed flat shoes and must not consume alcohol before the tour. A government-issued ID is needed for verification. For safety reasons, all bags and cameras must be stored in lockers provided at the brewery, as no loose items are allowed on the tour. Please note, the tour involves many steps and is not accessible to guests with mobility aids such as crutches or wheelchairs.

Bookings are essential for all tours. Interested visitors can check available dates and book their tour through the XXXX Brewery’s website.

Broncos vs Dolphins: Contract Wars Add Spice to the Battle of Brisbane

The Battle of Brisbane will have an extra layer of intrigue this week, as the Broncos and Dolphins clash with salary cap pressures adding extra spice to the cross-town rivalry. Broncos vs Dolphins kickoff 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at Suncorp Stadium.

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Broncos boosted by Walsh return, face tough contract decisions

The Broncos have received a major boost with the return of star fullback Reece Walsh from a facial fracture. He joins Jordan Riki (ankle) in making a timely comeback for the home side.

Their returns are a major boost for the team, especially since captain Adam Reynolds (hamstring) and Payne Haas are still sidelined.

The wealth of talent in the Brisbane side and a looming salary cap crunch could mean tough decisions lie ahead.

The Dolphins have several million dollars in cap space, giving them the financial firepower to target top Broncos players who may not fit under the tightening Brisbane budget. This could reignite contract wars between the two clubs, with names like Selwyn Cobbo and Kotoni Staggs potentially in the Dolphins’ sights.

Two former Broncos, Herbie Farnworth and Tom Flegler, have already joined the Dolphins for this year. However, a late injury setback has forced Flegler to withdraw from the match against his former side.

Staggs doubles down on “our house” claim

Kotoni Staggs
Photo Credit: Brisbane Broncos

Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs has already fired the first shot, doubling down on his emotional “this is our house” declaration after scoring the match-winning try against the Dolphins last season.

“It wasn’t really planned,” Staggs said. “Once I scored that try it just came to me. It was the first game we ever played against the Dolphins and I just wanted to let them know who owned Suncorp.”

Broncos vs Dolphins, the battle for Suncorp

The Dolphins share Suncorp Stadium as a home ground with the Broncos, but Staggs made it clear he sees the venue as belonging to the Brisbane club. This is sure to add further spice to Friday night’s encounter.

On the field, the Broncos (2-3) will be looking to bounce back from a narrow loss to the Storm. Meanwhile, the Dolphins (3-1) are flying high at the top of the ladder after three wins out of four.

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The Broncos have won both their matches at Suncorp this season. The Dolphins have won one and lost one away from home. This Battle of Brisbane will be the first test of who can assert their dominance over The Cauldron in 2024.

Published 11-April-2024