ON DECK: Andrew McCullough of the Broncos should be fit to face the Roosters.
ON DECK: Andrew McCullough of the Broncos should be fit to face the Roosters. TRACEY NEARMY

Broncos keen to win then sit back and watch drama unfold

BRISBANE will tomorrow night be hoping to consolidate at least fifth position on the ladder and then sit back and watch one of the most intriguing final rounds of the NRL unfold until the last game on Sunday when the finals jig-saw will be complete.

After Broncos linchpin Andrew McCullough dispelled any concerns an ankle injury would sideline him from the round 26 clash with the Roosters, coach Wayne Bennett admitted it would be enjoyable seeing how the round played out.

"That would be nice knowing we are in the play-offs and watching where we finish and who makes it, who we play and when we play,” Bennett said. "It will be a weekend of intrigue.”

Brisbane can sneak into fourth place if the Gold Coast causes a major upset against defending premier North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday but if not Bennett and the Broncos will have to write their own piece of history as the first side since the NRL was formed to reach the grand final from outside the top four.

The minor premiership will go to the winner of Saturday night's big clash between Melbourne and Cronulla at AAMI Park.

The exact top eight finishing order may not be known until the very last game of the minor premiership when Penrith plays Manly.

Bennett said Brisbane would have to take care of business early against the Roosters and win the battle up front.

"They towelled us up about six weeks ago (32-16). They're a good football team who've had some good results since including a win over the Cowboys and a few other top sides,” Bennett said.

"If we want to get them (the Roosters) out of the game we will have to match them early and make sure they know we are on our game and aren't going to go away and we want to the win.”

Bennett said every team that made the eight would be in a new competition next week.

"I've been in too many finals series to get ahead of myself. It's a new competition for everyone next week regardless of where you finish,” he said.

"If you're injury free and playing well as we are, you give yourself a chance.”

Ahead of Corey Parker's last home game, Bennett said there was not much more he could add about the skipper that hadn't already been said.

"I hope he has a great game tomorrow night,” he said. "It's a pretty special occasion playing your last game at home when you've been a one-club player and we've had a lot of these at the club who have had wonderful nights and hopefully we get it done for him and the fans get behind him.”

Bennett said Parker would "always be up there” for his consistency.

"I always thought he was going to be a player but I didn't know he was going to do all he has done,” he said.



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