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Thursday night will see Brisbane host the Bulldogs – a team that has won three in a row and is sitting entrenched in the NRL top four. 

The clash will have huge ramifications on the Broncos' chances of gaining a spot in the top four, with a loss all but ending any chance of a double chance in the finals. 

For the Broncos, the battle will be won in the middle.

"It will be a very physical game," said Broncos' hooker Andrew McCullough.

"They’ve got a big forward pack and they have come up to Suncorp Stadium last year and beat us.

"It's is going to be no different - obviously big forwards and there will be plenty of tackling.”

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The Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight matches, cementing themselves in the top four in the process. 

During this winning period, Des Hasler's side defeated the Broncos 40-14 just weeks ago in Round 16 at ANZ Stadium, and Brisbane will have to improve significantly if they are to turn that result around. 

“I wasn’t there for that game, but I spoke with the boys after the game of what went wrong and how we can adjust to suit our style of play against a big forward pack like the Bulldogs.

“We’ve worked hard on it at training and we’ve got to use it on Thursday night.”

Matches against the third-placed Dogs and then leaders the Storm will give a good indication of where Brisbane are at and with only three weeks until the pointy end of the season begins, finals fever will hit Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.

“It is a semi-final type atmosphere and the Bulldogs are always there at this time of year and it’s big for both teams, but more importantly for us it is about improving on what we did on the weekend and the week before.

"Slowly but surely the momentum is getting back there."

Earlier in the week the Broncos played down speculation surrounding star five-eighth Anthony Milford's health, with Brisbane officials saying they are just monitoring his workload after he left Monday's training session early.


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