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NRL: Broncos motivated to end long wait

Brisbane Broncos are gunning for their first NFL premiership in 17 years, but New Zealand Warriors will be out to spoil the party at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

By the time these two sides take to the field, they will know exactly who will be waiting for them should they make it through to the grand final - either Penrith Panthers or Melbourne Storm.

But they will not be looking that far ahead. All the focus will be on the preliminary final, and it is a game that could go either way.

The Broncos have been outstanding this season, but so too have the Warriors, who finished fourth on the ladder despite many tipping them for a season of struggle.

The Warriors are riding the crest of a wave at the moment and a trip to a packed out Suncorp Stadium will hold no fear for them.

Brisbane are priced at 2.50 to win the grand final, the Warriors 11.00, but for one of these sides the dream will come to an end on Saturday night.

WhatBrisbane Broncos v New Zealand Warriors
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When19:50 (AEST), Saturday 23rd September 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsBrisbane Broncos 1.27, New Zealand Warriors 3.85

Broncos fit and firing

The Broncos have been a revelation this season and look to have a side that is capable of going all the way and winning the grand final.

Former Warriors fullback Reece Walsh has made a huge difference since getting on board at the start of the season, while Adam Reynolds is playing some of the best footy of his career.

Thankfully for the Broncos, Reynolds has overcome his calf issues and came through the win over Melbourne Storm without any issues.

The same can be said of Pat Carrigan, and with an extra week of rest under their belts, they will be fit and raring to go.

Kevin Walters has no fresh injury worries and will go with the same 17 players that breezed past the Storm in their last game.

Selwyn Cobbo will also be a huge player for the Broncos on the night. The winger has scored 21 tries in his last 21 games at Suncorp and can be backed at 8.00 to grab the first of the night.

Brisbane won by four points in the only meeting between the two sides in 2023 and although not a lot can be read into that result, it could still be a close encounter on Saturday.

The Broncos can be backed at 6.50 to win by 1-5 points, while the Warriors are 8.50 to win within the same margin.

Warriors have nothing to fear

Not many would have expected the Warriors to be in such a position when the season began, so the pressure is off.

They bounced back well from an opening finals defeat against Penrith, to blow Newcastle Knights off the park last weekend, so confidence should be sky-high.

Andrew Webster’s side can also take heart from the fact that Brisbane have not been in great form at Suncorp Stadium.

Indeed, they have won just three of the last eight games there and that should give the Warriors hope.

Shaun Johnson was outstanding in the win over the Knights and they will need the playmaker to be on top form once again.

Winger Marcelo Montoya has also scored in three consecutive games against the Broncos and can be backed at 2.90 to score at any time.

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