New South Wales 243 and 4 for 148 (Simpson 3-40) need another 197 runs to beat Queensland 335 and 252 (Broad 129, Lambert 3-102)
Ryan Broad's highest first-class score, followed by three wickets to the captain Chris Simpson, gave Queensland the edge with a day to play against New South Wales. The Blues were set 345 to win and at stumps they had reached 4 for 148, still 197 shy of their target with Simon Katich on 38 and Grant Lambert on 4.
Simpson led from the front for the Bulls and had three wickets, having picked up the dangerous Phillip Hughes for 25 as well as Peter Forrest and Steven Smith. Chris Swan removed Phil Jaques for 40 and although New South Wales have a long batting line-up, much of the pressure will be on their skipper Katich as they aim to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.
The bowlers did what they could to restrict Queensland and Broad was the only man who got away from them. His 129 was his second hundred of the Sheffield Shield campaign and accounted for more than half of his team's total of 252, as the next highest score was Ben Cutting's 34.
The last two partnerships added what could prove to be an immensely valuable 73 runs for the Bulls as Luke Feldman (24) and Scott Walter (12 not out) gave Broad late assistance. Lambert finished with three wickets and the debutant Trent Copeland was unable to increase his tally of ten victims for the match, secured over the first two days.