FOUNDATION Broncos player Bryan Niebling couldn't believe how easily his side dispatched reigning premiers Manly 44-10 in his side's first ever game back in 1988.
"We thought if we got within two points it would be a good result," he said.
"But for us to win like that was probably a bad thing - we thought the wins would continue to come easily."
Of course they didn't - despite winning their first six games, the Broncos missed the finals that year, with every New South Wales team lifting to play the only Queensland team in "their" competition.
Brisbane will honour its 25 years as a first-grade sporting club tonight, appropriately against the Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium in its season opener.
Niebling and his former teammates will be part of a pre-game parade.
"It wasn't just a rivalry we had with Manly - any team that played Brisbane saw it as a rivalry," the former representative prop said.
Niebling said he could not believe how much the game has changed in the past 25 years.
"I like the way the game's heading now, but it cannot just keep getting faster and faster. It needs to slow down - it's like touch football," he said.
Tomorrow night's game will see former Bronco Scott Prince return to the club after stints with the West Tigers and Titans, set to start in the halves with Peter Wallace.
Justin Horo (Parramatta) and Brenton Lawrence (Titans) will make their debuts for Manly.
Sea Eagles winger David Williams, who broke the Broncos' hearts with a late try in his side's thrilling 24-22 win in round 10 last year, will return from a knee injury that ended his 2012 season.
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