I keep saying this. Broncos are far more dangerous than people realise. Earlier in the season I mentioned how dangerous they were and was laughed off by Panthers fans and most neutrals who assumed they'd collapse just like last season. Most of the neutrals are not laughing now after the Broncos demolished their teams. Even now they are not treated as seriously as they should.
They have Strike power absolutely everywhere in their squad. I'd go so far as to say that they clearly have more strike power than us. They can create 'something out of nothing' more than any other team in the comp - and that is a huge danger to us. We are good at handling structure and set plays but still vulnerable to bursts of outright talent like Latrell - or Reece Walsh.
I can already see counter points - but the PaNTheRs hAve tHe bESt DefENsE!!!!
That's true but the Broncos are nearly as good when they want to be and at the back end of the season is just about on par with ours.
Broncos have us matched in the forwards - but theirs are younger and have a bit more energy about them. I think they pips us there TBH.
Their outside backs have speed and height on us. The toss up is the spine. Their FB is clearly better than ours in attack. Hookers aren't too different - I think it all depends on what state Reynolds is in physically and mentally. We have the edge when it comes to Luai vs Mam.
I'd say the only thing we have clearly in our favour is our experience under finals pressure and perhaps coaching/systems/tactics. We have this knack of keeping a level head and not panicking when being outplayed. Even when down 12 points or so we just keep on grinding and eventually overcome. Other teams panic when they can't put us away and we start clawing back. Prelim final against Souths last year was a perfect example.
Still, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Finals footy changes everything. Despite completely dominant seasons in 2020 & 2021 we struggled in every finals game. Last year was better but still no walk in the park.
Very well said