Gold Coast must be relieved. Gold Coast can look forward to a rapidly healing home ground. The NRL would also be relieved. The Broncos did the job on the Titans and secured a home final for Lang Park this Saturday. It could be the biggest rugby league game of the year - 52,000, full house. The Titans, victims of poor refing, also play a final, but not at home.
Six weeks ago it was looking like the Broncos would miss out altogether. Then bam. It all fell into place and Brisbane, Australia's rugby league town, will host a final. As it has for every year of the Bronco's history. No trouble keeping those fans happy. And setting a high bar for the other codes to make it in Brisbane.
Ernie Merrick complained bitterly about the impact of the Melbourne Storm and accumulated AFL games on his home ground 2009-10 record. The Storm played 48 hours before the Victory. The Broncos will play 24 hours before Brisbane Roar play Perth.
Brisbane Roar will have to wait a few more weeks before the noise from the NRL season leaves town. And the dust settles from the Broncos v Bennett and Sailor (moon).