Brisbane Broncos season at risk after Bulldogs bite in NRL

Brisbane won't be able to watch their NRL finals fate being decided but coach Anthony Seibold has warned it might not matter after their 30-14 loss to Canterbury.

The Broncos left their finals chances in the hands of Cronulla and the Wests Tigers with Saturday's defeat, as a draw between the two teams would advance them both into the finals at Brisbane's expense.

Working in the Broncos' favour is the fact there has been just one draw in the past 600 regular-season games, dating back to August 2016.

Brisbane players won't be able to watch Sunday's blockbuster match at Leichhardt as they will be boarding a plane in the afternoon.

If there is a winner, Brisbane will finish eighth, and be consigned to a sudden-death clash with Parramatta next weekend at the difficult Bankwest Stadium.

But regardless, a frustrated Seibold said their season would end there if they didn't improve on a poor attitude from Saturday evening.

"I'm annoyed because now we hope tomorrow doesn't go to a golden-point draw, and that's not a good strategy," Seibold said.

"And if we are fortunate enough to get into the top eight, we will play Parramatta away and, if we turn up like that, they will beat us and beat us convincingly."

"If you just look at the one-off game (against Bulldogs), we are no chance - absolutely no chance.

"But if you look at our collective performance from the end of the year, then we are some chance of putting in a good performance against Parramatta."

Brisbane were only really in the contest for 10 minutes before halftime, as they pulled back to trail 12-10 lead but the Bulldogs controlled the second term.

Kotoni Staggs, David Fifita and Payne Haas were easily their best, with Staggs scoring two tries in four minutes just before the break.

Anthony Milford also crossed in the second half, while Haas finished with 201 metres and six tackle busts.

But they were still outscored by Bulldogs winger Nick Meaney, who collected a hat-trick and had 22 points on his own.

"It looked like the Bulldogs were playing for a place in the finals, not us," Seibold said.

"We got what we deserved.

"Clearly, we've turned up looking for a soft performance or just dipping the toe in."

It meant Canterbury finished the year with wins in five of their past six games as Meaney and Lachlan Lewis both starred.

Meaney had his first when the typically unconventional Lewis turned his back to the defence and threw a cut-out ball for the unmarked winger in the third minute.

The pair combined again early in the second half, Lewis this time kicking early for his unmarked finisher.

His third was down to a well-executed cut-out ball down the short side from Will Hopoate.

Reimis Smith and Josh Jackson also scored for the Bulldogs, leaving Dean Pay's side to head into the 2020 season with renewed hope.

"You'd love one of those wildcards they spoke about," Pay said.

"We started this year with one of the youngest squads in the competition. It's taken a while for us to gel.

"Over the past 10 weeks, they've really come together."