The Brisbane Broncos and One New Zealand Warriors square off for a place in the grand final with history set to be made between two clubs who have their supporter bases daring to dream.
Every fan but a Knights supporter was screaming 'Up the Wahs' last week as Shaun Johnson's impressive return from a calf injury stole the show as he led the One New Zealand Warriors to their first preliminary final since 2011.
The Broncos had their feet up and watched on as their next opponents put the Knights to the sword from the opening minutes right until the end in an early warning to Kevin Walters' side that home ground advantage will mean little on Saturday.
The battle between Reece Walsh against the club that ultimately gave him his first chance in the NRL is there for all to see with the Broncos fullback set to be in the thick of the action at Suncorp Stadium with his role crucial to their chances.
Equally the One New Zealand Warriors have their own former Bronco in Te Maire Martin, who has kicked on and looked comfortable alongside Johnson last week in a battle with opposite number Ezra Mam and veteran Adam Reynolds to saviour.
These two clubs last met in a finals match in 2011 at Suncorp Stadium with the Broncos running away with a 40-10 victory in the qualifying final. It meant little though as the One New Zealand Warriors bounced back to eventually get into the decider.
Regardless of what happens between two of the most consistent clubs in 2023, there will be tears of a different kind for both - the Broncos chasing their first title in 17 years and the Warriors chasing their first since entering the competition in 1995.
Both these clubs met in an Origin-affected round 13 clash in Napier with the Broncos stealing a 26-22 victory but in a result that won't mean much on Sunday.
Some will argue this is both sides' best chance of winning a premiership in recent memory with the Panthers waiting on the other side for the ultimate shot at glory.
Match: Broncos v Warriors
Finals Week 3 -
Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Reece WalshFullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Broncos is number 2 Jesse ArtharsWinger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni StaggsCentre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco Berry
Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie FarnworthCentre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
Winger for Broncos is number 5 Selwyn CobboWinger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Ezra MamFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Te Maire Martin
Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Adam ReynoldsHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
Prop for Broncos is number 8 Thomas FleglerProp for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Billy WaltersHooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne HaasProp for Warriors is number 10 Mitchell Barnett
2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kurt Capewell2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford
2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Marata Niukore
Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick CarriganLock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Tyson SmoothyInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Dylan Walker
Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Brendan PiakuraInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Kobe HetheringtonInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Bayley Sironen
Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Keenan PalasiaInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Josh Curran
Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Corey OatesReplacement for Warriors is number 20 Taine Tuaupiki
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
Broncos: No changes in Friday's 24-hour update. Kevin Walters is blessed with a near clean bill of health and with the added benefit of being able to rest up during week two of the finals, Brisbane have named the same 17 who hammered the Storm in week one. That means Jesse Arthars remains the preferred left winger ahead of veteran Corey Oates, who has been included as the 18th man. Captain Adam Reynolds (calf) and Origin lock Pat Carrigan (foot) both came through the Storm clash untroubled after missing football in the lead-up to the finals.
One New Zealand Warriors: The same 17 that got the job done in convincing fashion against the Knights last week has been retained and coach Andrew Webster said on Thursday afternoon that's how they'll take the field, with star half Shaun Johnson in no doubt after pulling up well in his return from a calf injury. That means Josh Curran (dislocated finger) and Marata Niukore (knee) will also both be good to go despite being injured last week. Centre Adam Pompey is the only player in the squad who has been on the field for every minute of their 26 games in 2023. No changes in Friday's 24-hour update when Bunty Afoa, Ali Leiataua and Edward Kosi dropped out of the squad.
- The Broncos have won eight of their past nine finals matches at Suncorp Stadium.
- One New Zealand Warriors winger Marcelo Montoya has scored in three consecutive games against the Broncos.
- Broncos winger Selwyn Cobbo has scored 21 tries in his last 21 games at Suncorp Stadium.
- One New Zealand Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak requires one try to equal the club’s tries in a season record (23).
- The Broncos have won only three of their past eight games at Suncorp Stadium.
- The Broncos have won just four of their last 10 matches against the One New Zealand Warriors.
These clubs have not met each other twice in a season since 2019.
Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.