Brisbane Broncos 8 def South Sydney 6
How close was John Sutton to winning it for Souths? After 70 minutes and no tries scored, the crowd at Suncorp was treated to a flurry a points in the final 10 minutes. After the Broncos scored and went up 8 nil, the Bunnies scored with 2 minutes to go and threw the ball around on the last play with John Sutton nearly stealing an amazing win – just failing to ground the ball properly.
Overall both teams played only average footy, with basic attack – generally one out stuff and not too creative. The comment from Ben Ikin on the Channel 9 commentary team summed the teams up well “Both teams were playing to avoid a loss, not to actually win the game.”
For the Broncos, Lockyer and Hodges starred and overall they badly need a strong no. 7 – this has been their problem all year.
For Souths, young fullback Beau Champion had an unhappy night – with several bombs coming his way and spilling free, and the Broncos continued to pepper him with success. Merritt on the wing was always dangerous, but he surprised with his agressive and fault free defence – missing rep honours has surely spurred him on.
Souths were probably a little bit too kick happy close to the Broncos line, but the long kicking game from Joe Williams was sparkling. A 40/20 and pin point accuracy must have him and his coach happy. Smith at pivot wasn’t highly involved and needs some form.
The Broncos will gladly take the 2 points, but really can’t take any confidence from the win – both teams were below par and need freshening for next week.