Broncos enforcer channels The Chief in quest for finals glory

“I am a Newcastle boy. I don’t remember much but I remember watching old tapes of them and when they won it and there were some pretty crazy scenes,” Haas said.

“And The Chief was one of the greatest props, his name speaks for itself.”

Now Haas believes the stage is set for him to finally taste finals footy in his first full NRL season thanks to Brisbane’s favourable run home.

Haas missed out on the Broncos’ brief 2018 finals campaign, breaking down with a shoulder injury that cut his debut season short after just three games.

But he is backing himself to realise his finals dream thanks to eighth-placed Brisbane’s schedule which features three straight games at Suncorp Stadium starting with Friday night’s clash with top eight rivals Penrith.

They also host South Sydney and Parramatta before travelling to Sydney to take on Canterbury in their regular-season finale.

“If we put in the work we will get what we deserve,” Haas said.

“It (finals) is something every kid wants to do playing footy. We are trying every week to get that finals spot.”

Brisbane held onto eighth spot with a scrappy last round win over North Queensland where Haas was again a standout.

He ran for 216m with six tackle busts and one offload.

But he took most pride out of notching 28 tackles without a miss.

Overall, Brisbane missed just 10 tackles compared to North Queensland’s 47.

It was a shot in the arm after suffering a 40-4 thrashing by Melbourne barely two weeks ago.

“Defence is always key. If you do that well you are always going to win games,” Haas said.

“Against the Storm I missed four tackles. I had to work on that.

“Every week I am trying to learn and improve.”


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