Broncos to battle Comets

FROM big hits to sizzling tries, Chris Benbow has watched his beloved Brisbane Broncos do it all.

He is gearing up for another big year for the National Rugby League (NRL) defending premiers, which starts with their pre-season clash with the Central Comets in Rockhampton on Saturday night.

Benbow, 23, said he has supported the Broncos since they joined the competition in 1988.

"They've been my team since day one," he said.

The Rockhampton man will head to Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium next month for the Broncos-Cowboys blockbuster to kick of the NRL season on March 16.

"I always try to get to the first home game of every season," he said.

"I have family in Brisbane who are huge fans and go to every home game, so I go along with them."

Benbow said he had been excited about seeing his heroes line up for the Broncos at Browne Park on Saturday, but couldn't get time off from work.

"I was looking forward to lining up at Stockland for my ticket again like last year," he said.

He said it was great to see such a high profile team play in a regional area.

"It's good for us and good for Rocky to see premiership-winning players here," he said.

"They should bring more games like that here."

The former schoolboys rugby league player has an extensive collection of Broncos memorabilia ? jerseys, flags, scarves, socks ? you name it, he's got it.

He said he was still coming down from the high of last year's grand final in which Brisbane beat Melbourne Storm 15-8.

"That was just the best," he said with a huge smile.

"I was sick with tonsillitis though so I couldn't cheer, but I just sat on the couch and watched it."

Stockland Rockhampton management yesterday said there were still plenty of tickets remaining for Saturday night's clash.

Tickets cost $20 for the George Street stand, $18 for the Jack Crow stand, $12 for adult general admission and $8 for concession general admission.

So what's Benbow's tip for the defending premiers this year?

"I reckon they can do it again," he said.

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