Why the Brisbane Broncos are the best side in the NRL

The Brisbane Broncos have won two of their past three premierships and a maiden premiership, but this is the first time in six seasons the club has lost to the Broncos in a grand final.

The Broncos’ loss to the Warriors at Metricon Stadium on Sunday night saw the Broncos fall out of the top-five for the first season in five.

The defeat marked the fourth consecutive year they have lost to an opponent from outside the top 10.

The last time the Broncos lost to them was in 2011.

The Raiders also have an outside chance of finishing outside the finals.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said the loss was a step backwards, but that his side was still capable of playing finals football.

“It’s disappointing for the club, it’s disappointing to the players, it means we are probably going to have to get on with it,” Stuart said.

“We can’t afford to lose a couple of games and hope that we can get back in the finals.”

Injuries were another major issue for the Broncos, with Josh Papalii and Shaun Johnson both sidelined for the season after suffering hamstring injuries.

The Warriors have been on a roll, but have yet to win in a finals series since 2010.

The club’s last premiership was in 2013.