The Courier-Mail

Friday not on mind for derby

- TRAVIS MEYN PETER BADEL

NO Friday, no worries.

The conspiracy theory about the Broncos receiving a saloon passage through the NRL season with a flurry of Friday fixtures has been dispelled.

Brisbane will host the Cowboys in a finals derby at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night and while the Broncos more often than not enjoy Saturdays off, it’s proven to be a successful schedule for them.

In the past three years, the Broncos have won seven of the 13 (53.8 per cent) games they’ve played on Saturdays.

They have a 22-20 (51.2 per cent) record, with one draw, on Friday nights in the same period.

The Broncos are the envy of rival clubs, who believe their frequent Friday games give them an unfair advantage with routine and recovery.

But the club’s administra­tors would prefer Sunday fixtures to draw big crowds and it’s clear the players perform just as well on other nights.

Broncos captain Justin Hodges said the team wasn’t worried about what day they were playing.

“If there was heavy rain or the weather was bad, it might affect our game but we aren’t worried if it’s Friday, Saturday or Sunday,” he said.

The Broncos will head into the clash with mixed form, having lost four of their past six games, while the Cowboys have also hit a flat spot with three losses in five games.

But Brisbane’s recent 47-12 drubbing of South Sydney was breathtaki­ng, and Broncos legend Steve Renouf believes coach Wayne Bennett will have them primed for the occasion against the Cowboys.

 ??  ?? SKIPPER: Justin Hodges.
SKIPPER: Justin Hodges.

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