Broncos in unfamiliar territory

THE Brisbane Broncos are in unfamiliar territory this week as they prepare for their Round 20 clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on the back of a five-day turnaround.

It is the club’s first and only five-day turnaround of the year and the Bulldogs are sure to be fresh after having the bye in Round 19.

It has been over 13 months since Brisbane last had a five-day turnaround, with that happening between Round 13 and Round 14 of last year’s season.

On that occasion the Broncos were made to play in New Zealand on the Saturday before travelling back to Brisbane to face Canberra on the following Thursday.

However, it did not appear to hinder them, with Brisbane cruising to an eight-point win over the Raiders at Suncorp Stadium.

Now it is time for Wayne Bennett’s men to again play on limited preparation and for the players it is a weird feeling to be thrown out of their regular routine.

“I was saying that to one of the boys this morning. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a five-day turnaround but it’s just the way the schedule was. We have to get the job done,” second-rower Alex Glenn said.

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