Bond between Broncos' own 'Fro Bros'
The premiership-winning Panthers of 2003 had the 'Hair Bears' and now the Broncos have the game's greatest prize in their sights courtesy of the work of the 'Fro Bros'.
Since the season-ending Achilles injury to Josh McGuire in Round 16 Sam Thaiday and Adam Blair have been the Broncos' first-choice starting front-rowers and have been integral in Brisbane building momentum at the right time of the season.
Like Joe Galuvao and Tony Puletua more than a decade ago, the mops of hair atop Thaiday and Blair make them almost impossible to tell apart on the footy field and both admit to being inspired by the deeds of the other.
"There have been plenty of times this year through tough runs and tough defensive efforts that he's inspired me to play harder or go to that next level myself," Thaiday told NRL.com of his relatively new teammate.
"You want those types of players in your team and you want those types of players on the training paddock with you as well because they make you push yourself. They make you better yourself and that's what he's been so good at this year and taking a lot of the younger guys under his wing too."
"He's just a guy that you want to play with," offers Blair. "There are guys in every team that you always want in your side and Sammy is one of those guys as a spiritual leader for the forwards.
"He's someone that I look up to, has been around a long time and done a lot of great things for the club so to have someone like Sammy lead from the front in a similar position that I'm in helps us and the younger guys as well.
"His role for the team is to lift the forwards and when Sammy's running hard it gives everyone else a bit of excitement to do exactly the same.
"When Sammy is running hard he's hard to handle. He's one of those guys that gives you fast play-the-balls that everyone wants to run on the back of."
While it has become a mutual admiration society for the pair since Blair joined the club over the off-season, they were fierce opponents for the nine seasons prior, particularly when Blair was a key figure for the dominant Storm teams of the previous decade.
"I hated it," Thaiday said when asked what Blair was like to play against. "He was such a tough, competitive player. When he was at the Storm in their heyday he was one of the best front-rowers going around in our comp.
"He's one of those players who always shows up in defence, he's got that little bit of old-school niggle in him where he doesn't mind giving you a little bit of a facial and those types of things, that's why you don't want to play against him.
"He's a tough, competitive player and you always hated playing against tough, competitive players because they will always find you out.
"I'm really enjoying playing alongside him now because he does all those things.
"I think he had kind of lost his way at the Wests Tigers and really struggled to find his mojo there. He came here very open-minded, worked hard throughout the pre-season and now he's gotten back to that Melbourne Storm form that he had where he was such a great player.
"It makes my job a lot easier playing alongside him."
The next assignment for the 'Fro Bros' is to lead their team's charge against Blair's former club the Storm at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night with the prospect of a fifth minor premiership hinging on whether they can get the win.
It's unlikely that either Thaiday or Blair will be the ones who conjure that match-winning play in the dying moments but Blair is all too aware of the importance of their role up front and how that translates to the overall game plan.
"Sammy and I, our job is to get the team on the front foot and if we're not doing our jobs then our team's not going forward," Blair said.
"For us it's about knowing how long we're going to be on the field for. We get told that before we start so we go out there and give it our all for as long as we can for the time that we're out there.
"If we're doing that it feels like everyone seems to be running off the back of that."