The Brisbane Broncos are all set to head onto the field of play this Friday when they take on premiership favourites, Sydney Roosters, on home ground.
Coach, Wayne Bennett, while acknowledging the challenge in sight for the Broncos, spoke highly of the other three clubs in the NRL preliminary finals – the Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storms.
“They (the Roosters) were one of the favourites before the season started and they’ve remained that all the way through, probably them and the Cowboys.
“They’ve beaten us, the Cowboys and the Roosters in the last three weeks, so you can’t under estimate what they can do.
“I still think they are the premiership favourites and Melbourne has done well the past month, they’ve beaten us all “, said Bennett on the Nine Network’s Footy Classified show.
Bennett, who returned to the Broncos after stints with St George Illawarra and Newcastle, admitted that he hadn’t known what to expect from the boys but as the season progressed, began to realise that the team was in far better form that he had initially thought.
The legendary coach is attributed for improving the Broncos standing and lifting their performance from finishing eighth in the 2014 season to now being on second place in his first season back as they head into the preliminaries.
“We’re that close it kind of hurts a bit thinking about how close you are and you don’t want to miss the opportunity,” Bennett said.