If there is one thing Queenslanders love just as much as State of Origin, it’s when the Brisbane Broncos go head-to-head with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Friday, March 10 marks their first game of the 2017 season, and the Broncos will be out for revenge after the dramatic extra-time semi-final that ended the season last year.
There's no NRL rivalry like it, and Suncorp Stadium is set to see a sell-out crowd of locals and interstate punters fill the 50,000-seat venue. Both teams achieved hard-earned wins against their opponents in round 1, and the evenly-matched all-Queensland game is drawing even more hype as a result.
New Broncos acquisition Benji Marshall – who will celebrate his 15th season in the NRL – has been named on the bench for the game; he will make his Broncos debut tonight if he gets a run.
The Cowboys have often been referred to as the Broncos' little brother since the team’s inception in 1995, until they triumphantly defeated the Brisbane team in 2005.
The two teams have faced off 46 times to date, and although the Broncos have won 16 more matches than their rivals, the Cowboys got the biggest win in 2015 when teams went head-to-head in arguably the greatest Grand Final in NRL history.
The battle carried on into extra time until Cowboys star player Jonathan Thurston kicked a winning field goal for his team, bringing home their first premiership.
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