So anyways, the Broncos lost.
Twice they had tries disallowed by the video ref for lost balls over the line, David Fifita and Corey Paix. Kotoni Staggs also got close, it could have been a very different result.
This week they headline Friday Night football at Bankwest Stadium against Parramatta. Two games left in the career of Darius Boyd and I'd bet they're counting down the days until this season is over. Friday Night this week, then the QLD Derby against the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on the following Thursday.
Oh how times have changed, not only with those two respective sides, but also in this COVID world. Remember when JT and the Cowboys would come to town, 50,000 at Suncorp and you'd almost be guaranteed a nail-biting finish.
Whilst they had opportunities on Saturday Night, it wasn't to be and the Broncos lose another one, whilst the Titans win their third on the trot and jump into 12th on the ladder. Funny to think they are now actually tied with the 9th placed Wests for points, they could well finish in that position in a fortnight's time with games against Manly and Newcastle, certainly both winnable to close out the season.
Not much changed in the way of premiership contenders or otherwise in Round 18. If anything, the Roosters might have further solidified their favouritism to make it three in a row.
The Storm perhaps were a little bit generous in conceding 20 points to the Cowboys, although for the most part, it appeared they were in 2nd or 3rd gear, the game was never in doubt.
What about the Panthers, they've lost just once in 2020, they have maintained consistency at a really high level. They were far too good for the Eels, who are limping into the finals. Parramatta should hold on to 4th place with games against Brisbane and Wests to round out the season, but you'd be forgiven for thinking they're making up the numbers come October.
Speaking of making up the numbers, maybe the Raiders can make some noise in the finals, at a stretch the Bunnies under Uncle Wayne, but the Knights and Sharks you can put a line through, they'll be out in the first week of finals. The Eels, regardless of where they finish aren't in contention either.
It really is a 3-horse race, as I said, the Raiders and South Sydney are capable but it is unlikely.
The last few rounds might lack some zest to be fair, a couple of teams will be jostling for position inside the Top 8, there will be a few farewells to get out of the way, but for the most part, we'll all just be waiting for the finals to start.
Perhaps we could all band together and clear the last two rounds, give Nathan Cleary the Dally M now and get the finals started already?
In closing, the Broncos may beat the Eels this week and will definitely beat the Cowboys the week after. I hope.