Brisbane weather set to test NRL fans' resolve at Magic Round

·Sports Reporter
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Brisbane (pictured left) during the rain and (pictured right) the Brisbane Broncos celebrating a try.
Brisbane could be set for a wet weekend (pictured left), which could put a dampener on the NRL's Magic Round. (Image: WeatherZone/Getty Images)

Brisbane endured a month's worth of rainfall ahead of the NRL's Magic Round and more rain could be set to disturb the spectacle.

Nearly 150,000 fans are expected to pass through the gates across the next three days at Suncorp Stadium in one of NRL's great weekends.

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However, torrential rain continues to put a dampener on the event.

Brisbane was hammered with 67.7mm of rain before 9am on Friday, which prompted many of the cities services to be suspended.

An expected 20-40mm of rain was expected to fall on Friday and Fox Sports commentator Andrew Voss confirmed it was wet at Suncorp Stadium.

"Greeted by torrential rain," Voss said ahead of the first match on Friday.

"Good luck to the ground staff this weekend."

Weatherzone took to social media to show the enormity of the floods and warned that the best place to watch this weekends games are at home.

"We reckon the best seat in the house might be on your couch for this weekend's #NRL #MagicRound in #Brisbane, especially on Friday night," the tweet read.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for severe weather in South East Queensland, but Brisbane appears to have been excluded after midday.

Saturday doesn't appear to be expecting as much rain, but will still receive 10-20mm.

Many nervous NRL coaches will be weary of the wet rack, but they have been reassured of the drainage at Suncorp.

"The ground drains unbelievably well," said NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo.

Magic Round 2022

This year the competition's bottom-placed teams, Newcastle and Canterbury open proceedings on Friday knowing their respective coaches, Adam O'Brien and Trent Barrett, will feel the heat if they fail to win.

On Saturday the event is headlined by Melbourne facing Penrith for the first time since the Panthers won the preliminary final on the same ground last year before sealing the premiership.

The pick of Sunday's games pits a resurgent Parramatta against an out-of-sorts Sydney Roosters.

The NRL would no doubt hope that this year's event is remembered for moments of on-field brilliance rather than carnage left in its wake, as has been the case in its two previous iterations.

The tournament's maiden venture in 2019 was overshadowed by a large number of injuries sustained on a hard Suncorp turf.

"Even though it's a bit disappointing that we have weather that is not ideal we'll be playing football and it will be fantastic football."

with AAP

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