I've been goin for the broncos since i was 9. They are so much more than a footy club, they are like a family and wayne bennett has been coach since 1988 (when the club was instated), he is a father figure to everyone there and pretty much runs the show. The CEO Bruno Cullen is said to have to run everything past Bennett before it goes ahead. All in all i spose im trying to highlight what a strong team the broncos is (thats why they are going to win), i could go on for anothe 20 lines lol but i wont bore you all.
I predict the broncos to win by 6, mayb 7 if they kick a field goal to seal it in the dying stages.
I woulda have to say though that since Shaun Berrigan has been put at hooker, the Broncos are blowing evryone away (bar St George a couple a few weeks ago) and also hodges at fullback is a wonderful option with Karmicheal Hunt on the wing and David Stagg in the centres. Although David Stagg is a second rower and lock he fills the cenrte position quite adequately and i think he is there mainly becasue of his defence which is top rate, he hardly ever misses one.
Also there is Milton Thaiday!!! The best tackler i have seen, i thought Tony Carrol was one of the best, if not the best (yes yes i rate hindmarsh aswell dont worry) but since Thaiday has come along i have been excited to see the broncos defend because Thaiday has an almost flawless tackling technique and has a much better "smash" rate than anyone else.
How bloody good is Brent Tate playing aswell, he just runs around with the ball, slows down, takes off, steps etc and he scores!!! He regularly makes 40, 50, 60 metre runs which is awesome.
Lockyer is just vintage lockyer, playing at his best feeding the ball to the back line with precision and his speed over a short distance is amazing.
The run on props Shane Webke and Petero Civenoceiva (a.k.a: Petrol 70 cents a litre..and..Petero Fridge or a Freezer) are simply barnstorming. The god like Shane Webke never lets up, his last hit up has just as much heart in it at his last and he jsut keeps going and going. He is a really down to earth bloke aswell, all the guys turn up to training in their flashy sports cars and what not, but Webke turns up in his white Toyota Landcruiser which reflects on his playing style: Not flashy, just hard and never gives up. Civenoceiva is in his career best form, every hit up making atleast 10 metres and quite often offloading to a player in a better position or breaking a tackle.
Now in his second season back from rugby union, the Crusaders and the All Blacks, Brad Thorn is regaining his confidence and hard man attitude which makes him a valuable player also.
I would like to talk about all the players but there is another time for that i suppose.
On the other hand is the Melbourne Storm. They have electrifying players in Greg Inglis, Billy Slater, Matt King, Scott Hill, Antonio Kafusi, David Kidwell etc. They will certainly be a huge mountain to climb if Broncos are to taste grandfinal success for the 5th or 6th time in the last 16 years.