A preview with betting tips for the 2015 NRL Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys.
Broncos v Cowboys
Sun 4 October, 7:15 pm, ANZ Stadium
The Brisbane Broncos will play the North Queensland Cowboys this Sunday night in a massive clash that will be the NRL’s first ever all-Queensland grand final. It has been a wonderful journey for both teams in 2015 after they were both written off after shaky starts to the season, but both the Broncos and Cowboys were entrenched in the top four for most of the year and have humbled their critics with a grand final berth.
It has been 10 years since the Cowboys last grand final appearance in 2005, whilst their opposition last tasted success nine years ago in 2006, though only four members of the 2006 Premiership-winning Broncos outfit remain.
While both teams boast impressive defensive records, expect this grand final to be high scoring as both teams bring a free-flowing, attacking style of football with minimal wrestle.
Both teams have enjoyed good preparation for the Sunday clash, but the Broncos’ skipper Justin Hodges will breathe a sigh of relief after he was found not-guilty of a grade-one lifting charge that would have rubbed him out from the Premiership decider. With Hodges escaping suspension, both teams will remain unchanged from last week.
The last match between the teams was decided by four points in the first week of the finals, and both the Broncos and Cowboys each walked away with a win in their two games during the season. Both with similar styles of play, expect the game to be a slug fest as each team scores in a seesawing contest. There will be so many players on the field from both teams capable of pulling a miracle out of nowhere and it may very well take a miracle to bring a winner to the fore. Expect the Broncos to come away with the win and their first Premiership since 2006.
Ben’s Best Bet: Broncos Head to Head @ $1.88 (Sportsbet – [Money back up to $100 if Broncos lose by 8 or less])