Their rivalry is not quite as lopsided as that between basketball's Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals but back-rower Chris McQueen says the Titans have earned the respect of the Broncos.
Like a big brother holding little brother at bay as junior swings a flurry of punches at thin air, the Titans have not yet challenged the south-east Queensland stranglehold enjoyed by Brisbane who themselves have not won a premiership since Gold Coast's readmission in 2007.
The new boys caught the Broncos off guard when they first met in front of a crowd of more than 47,000 in Round 5, 2007, but Brisbane have been victorious in each of the past nine meetings between the teams at Suncorp Stadium.
Clashes between the Broncos and Cowboys didn't become a genuine rivalry until North Queensland upset Brisbane 10-0 in a semi-final in 2004 and McQueen believes the Titans can land a similar blow if the red-hot favourites take them lightly.
"What people think and whether they see us as the little brother, that's just outside world perception," McQueen said.
"Obviously at Souths we had that Souths-Roosters thing and it's very similar with the Broncos and Titans and that's great for footy and it's going to make for a great game on Friday night.
"We were competitive against them when we played them once this year and I'm not sure what our record has been against them before that.
"They got us by eight (24-16 in Round 5) so going into finals footy, it's finals footy and it's a different kettle of fish.
"They have to respect us otherwise it could get away from them."
When the Telstra Premiership kicked off back in March the Broncos were installed as premiership favourites and the Titans were the shortest priced favourites to finish last in the history of the NRL yet they now meet in sudden-death football with everything on the line.
Titans coach Neil Henry was quick to suggest that Wayne Bennett's Broncos would go into the game under more pressure than over-achieving Gold Coast and McQueen sees it as a great opportunity for little brother to land a knockout blow.
"I'd say that's probably the case, that there's more pressure on them," said McQueen, who played in South Sydney's 2014 premiership win and has played eight finals games in his career.
"We were wooden spoon favourites and we've just scraped into the finals so people outside our organisation probably aren't expecting too much from us.
"I've been saying it all year. Within our organisation and within our team we have great expectation and we're not here to make up the numbers. We're here to be competitive and to play footy.
"It is sudden death football so if we get the job done they're out but if they beat us we're out. There is a big opportunity to stamp a bit of authority on the season.
"Everything that has happened up until now is all irrelevant. We play footy to make the finals and once you make the finals that's when it really starts.
"There's no room for errors, there's no second chances, we have to go out there and play and be competitive because we don't get another chance."
After their defeat at the hands of the Cowboys on Saturday night Titans players had to endure an anxious wait before having their finals fate decided and as he prepares to play his first final as a Titan, Luke Douglas said they will embrace the underdog tag.
"No one was ready to be done for the season and we're really glad that Canberra got the win and we're here to fight another day," said Douglas, who last played finals football with Cronulla back in 2008.
"Your whole career is getting ready for moments like this and it's a big opportunity on a great stage up there.
"We've got our backs against the wall, no one will be tipping us but we've got that belief amongst the team and we're going to be giving it our all on Friday night."
This article first appeared on NRL.com