We got what we deserved: Parker
Broncos forward Corey Parker insists there are no remnant scars from last year's finals exit at the hands of the Cowboys saying this Brisbane team is far different from the one that fell into the finals in 2014.
The Broncos finished in eighth spot last year courtesy of Parramatta's Round 26 upset win over the Raiders and the Warriors falling to the Panthers in the final game of the regular season but Brisbane bowed out in Week One of the finals with a 32-20 loss in Townsville.
It's been four years since the Broncos have hosted a home finals fixture and their end-of-season record against the Cowboys reads at a lop-sided 0-3.
On each of those occasions the younger neighbours from the north have brought the Broncos' season to an end but Parker says the team that finished the regular season in second spot is a long way removed from the one that travelled to Townsville 12 months ago.
"Last year we went up there, fell over the line into the finals and got what we deserved and got knocked out straight away," Parker said on Tuesday.
"Each year is very different. We've put ourselves in a really good position this year to play at home and if can succeed there then we'll be back at home.
"It's a very different team to the ones we have had in the past when we've played the Cowboys.
"From my perspective, last year we tripped over the line into the finals. Yes it was good that we made the finals and you go up there and do your best, but generally in rugby league you get what you deserve and that's what we deserved.
"We were in the game for 60 minutes and they got away in the last 20. Looking back on it, we did get what we deserved."
The Melbourne Storm are the only team to have defeated the Broncos in a finals match since the redevelopment of Suncorp Stadium, the last of which was the heart-breaking last-minute 16-14 defeat in 2008.
Since then Brisbane have won all three finals matches played at their home ground and Parker is in no doubt that it offers the team a significant advantage on Saturday night in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd.
"I think it's huge," Parker said of the home ground advantage. "I know for a normal club game we get 30-odd thousand members that are going to show up and barrack for you.
"To be able to put ourselves in a position, which has been a great job by the side, to get a home final is certainly what you work for.
"There's no better place in the world to play rugby league than Suncorp Stadium.
"It's just good for us that it's our home ground."