Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
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The Brisbane Broncos have kept their charge to the NRL top 8 going with a scintillating 45-10 win over a poor Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.
Despite the scorecard, the Bulldogs looked like the team who was going to be able to take the game by the scruff of the neck first when off some lucky rebounds, Josh Reynolds found himself scoring a try and after several replays the Bulldogs took an early 6-0 lead.
From there, the Broncos started to hit their straps although on several occasions they let the pressure off the Bulldogs with some simple errors with the try line wide open.
Not long after the Broncos finally capitalised on the pressure they created when Daley Copley scored in the corner off some good work from the men inside him, Corey Parker wasn't able to convert from out wide.
Next up in the scoring procession came through Daniel Vidot, who got the green lights from the video referees after numerous replays were inconclusive to whether or not the ball touched the ground, therefore the on field call from Gerard Sutton was upheld.
The final try of the first half, was also the most skilful when Ben Barba managed to get an unlikely offload away before Jack Reed managed to get his foot to the ball kicking it backwards to Ben Barba who got himself over in the corner to score, this gave the Broncos a 20-6 half time lead.
The second half had a brighter start for the Bulldogs when Josh Jackson was able to cross early in the second half to bring the margin back to 10.
From there things just went down faster than an avalanche on Mount Everest, when Josh Reynolds was put on report for kicking Sam Thaiday in the head, then minutes later the Broncos scored through Corey Oates.
The second and probably worst of the incidents involving Josh Reynolds was next when he stuck his leg out and tripped a flying Ben Barba, the Suncorp crowd chanted off but Gerard Sutton didn't go as far by only putting the incident on report.
Following that the Broncos put another try on the ball through Sam Thaiday from close range, not long after Josh Reynolds was sent to the sin bin after Gerard Sutton made good on the warning from the trip.
Despite having a nervous wait for the judiciary, the Bulldogs will need to have to rebuild to avoid a fifth straight loss when they take on the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium, meanwhile the Broncos also have a roadtrip to ANZ Stadium when they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Thursday night
BRISBANE BRONCOS (41)
Tries: Dale Copley, Daniel Vidot, Ben Hunt (2), Ben Barba, Corey Oates, Sam Thaiday
Field Goals: Andrew McCullough (1/1)
Conversions: Corey Parker (3/4), Ben Hunt (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Corey Parker (1/1)
LATE MAIL: Broncos - Todd Lowrie has been replaced in the side by Martin Kennedy. Lowrie is now 18th man.
LATE MAIL: Bulldogs - A positional change with Aidan Tolman starting in place of Greg Eastwood who moves to the bench.
Both sides are on the field at Suncorp Stadium for Friday night football
4: Broncos go high with the kick but Daniel Vidot drops it in the air and the Bulldogs come away with it
9: PENALTY BRONCOS: Bulldogs penalised for being too slow off the tackled player
9: Broncos attacking on the Bulldogs 30m line following the kick for touch
10: Another lovely kick from Ben Hunt creates pressure on the Bulldogs but they hold against the pressure
10: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Broncos too eager in defence and stay in the tackle too long to give the Bulldogs a relieving penalty out of their own 20m
12: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Pressure going on the Broncos defence after a Bulldogs chaser was taken out during the kick chase
14: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Josh Reynolds. Kick to come.
Josh Reynolds get the green lights - a player was inside the 10m off the first kick however he did not effect the play then is put onside by Josh Reynolds
16: PENALTY BRONCOS: Broncos get a penalty deep in their own end for a player being tackled in mid-air, count now 2-2
17: PENALTY BRONCOS: Another penalty for the Broncos, this time for the Bulldogs being too slow in the ruck
19: PENALTY BRONCOS: Broncos get a penalty on the Bulldogs line after the tacklers stay in the ruck
22: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Broncos penalised for being offside after the 20m tap
23: PENALTY BRONCOS: Tony Williams penalised for not being square at marker
31: The wheels have come off the bus for the Bulldogs, play gets super messy but luckily the refs find a Broncos knock on
32: PENALTY BRONCOS: The Bulldogs are penalised for a hand on the ball
34: Bulldogs in all sorts with another drop ball inside their own 15m
40: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible Ben Barba try, onfield call is a try
40: Bulldogs back on the field at Suncorp Stadium with the Broncos also coming out
41: Second half underway and its the Broncos who have the first possession of the ball in the second half
42: Big blow for the Bulldogs chances with Sam Kasiano OUT for the remainder of the match
44: PENALTY BULLDOGS: First penalty of the second half goes to the Bulldogs after the Broncos were called offside
45: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Timoteo Lafai makes an unforced error.
Tim Lafai can't pick up a rebound with seemingly a full set ahead with a likely six again call
50: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Ben Barba penalised for a high tackle, now puts more pressure on the Broncos defence
50: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Broncos penalised for a strip, another full set to defend, penalty count now 7-6 in favour of the Broncos
56: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Broncos try, checking obstruction & grounding, Gerard Sutton says TRY
59: A good kick from the Broncos forces the Bulldogs back to their own to 10m to get it, Broncos dominating at the moment
60: Tony Williams has been rocks tonight until that flick pass, Hodkinson puts the kick in and gets the repeat set
62: Ben Hunt puts a kick in that is absolute perfection, stops no more than 30cm inside the dead ball line
63: Easy march out to the 20m for the Broncos off a bad kick on the last
64: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Sam Perrett makes an unforced error.
Sam Perrett ruled to have knocked the ball on during a contest with Jack Reed although replays show it was all backwards off Jack Reed
65: PENALTY BRONCOS: Bulldogs penalised for not being square at marker
68: Bulldogs just throw the ball away again, an unnecessary offload gives the ball back to the Broncos
70: Josh Reynolds ON REPORT for a trip
76: Repeat set for the Broncos after the Bulldogs are forced to knock the kick dead
80: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Ben Hunt successful.
Hunt converts his own try, that's the game.