Matt Gillett is one of many classy Queenslanders on show in the local derby. Source: Getty Image/dailytelegraph.com.au
Broncos v Cowboys
Friday, March 14 – 7.45pm (AEST)
Things you need to know:
These two clubs have been even-stevens in recent times but it hasn't always been the case. The Broncos completely dominated the early exchanges, but little brother has won four of the last eight. The Cows have notoriously struggled in Brisbane, winning just four of 16 at Suncorp Stadium.
Reason to watch:
JT – but not the one you're thinking of. While Johnathan Thurston is always compulsive viewing, it's the man who shares his initials – Jason Taumalolo – who really set things alight for the Cowboys in their first-round win over the Raiders. He ran for more than 200m, every metre more damaging than the last, and busted out of tackles at will. Taumalolo also displayed some nice touches with the ball, showing there is some skill amid all that power. We're also looking forward to seeing how Ben Barba aims up second game in.
Reason to turn away:
If you're Laurie Daley or anyone connected with NSW, it may be best you don't take this one in. Some scary Queensland Origin talent will be on display, again ramming home the enormity of the challenging facing the Blues this year.
"He (Taumalolo) has pace, can run a great line and he is 100 something kilos - a very rare breed. With him and JT (Thurston), we are going to have a big night." – Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday
If the NRL had its time over again, surely this match would have been rolled out in round one. It would have been a guaranteed near sell-out, killing off those damaging 'record low crowd' stories which have dominated all week. Anyway, it may turn out to worth the wait as both clubs are coming off sound first-up victories. We slightly favour the Cowboys despite the fact they are away from their beloved Townsville. But it will be close. North Queensland by 4.
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