NRL: Rain bomb could spell DISASTER for Magic Round
Anyone to swim? NRL fans wear SNORKELS at Suncorp Stadium after rain bomb hit Brisbane, with torrential weather threatening to turn the playing field into a MUD PIT for Magic Round
- Torrential weather threatens to take the magic out of the Magic Round this weekend
- Brisbane has received more rain in one day than normally expected for the whole of May
- Magic Round takes place at Suncorp Stadium, which hosts eight games.
- Terrible rain turns the pitch into a quagmire on Sunday night
There may be nothing magical about this season’s NRL Magic Round with a huge rain bomb threatening to douse the spark of this weekend’s action in Brisbane.
The special weekend, in which all the teams play in one place, will take place at Suncorp Stadium this year, but torrential rain in the Queensland city could spell disaster for this round.
On Thursday, Brisbane received a month’s worth of rain in a single day, while the Wivenhoe Dam, which is the main water supply for the city, is above 100 per cent capacity and locals have been warned. on the potential for flooding of the Brisbane River. down river.
NRL Magic Round is under threat of being ruined by torrential rain at Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane received more rain in one day on Thursday than it usually averages in May
Brisbane normally sees an average of 61.1mm of rain in May, but as of 9am on Friday morning it had received 67.7mm in the previous 24 hours.
NRL fans arrived at Suncorp Stadium kitted out on Friday night, with a trio clad in swimming shorts and snorkels ready for Manly’s game against Brisbane, while one fan posted a doctored image of a submarine streaking across the pitch on Twitter. .
Brisbane weather expert Justin Noonan tweeted: “The ground crew have a big challenge on their hands. Draining good but Sunday night will be very choppy.
NRL fans took to Twitter to joke about the weather and the state of the pitch for Sunday.
Suncorp’s drainage systems have faced challenges in the past, but NRL boss Graham Annesley is confident the pitch will hold up this weekend.
“It’s a great spot up there with one of the best drainage systems in the game,” he said.
Suncorp’s turf looked pristine when the Cowboys and Knights played the first of eight games at the stadium this weekend.
Their clash is followed by a blockbuster on Friday night between the Manly Sea Eagles and Brisbane Broncos, while the Melbourne Storm take on the Premiers Penrith Panthers on Saturday night.