It was an ambush after halftime that left Brisbane beaten and battered, the NZ Warriors in a romp winning 48-16 after leading 14-10 at the break.
This was a physical encounter with both sides suffering injury woes, Folau breaking a finger and will miss some weeks for Brisbane – certainly a player they cannot afford to be without.
The NZ Warriors were led well by James Maloney who bagged 28 points of his own and was highly involved for the Kiwi outfit.
The only bad news for the NZ side were injuries to both Simon Mannering and Manu Vatuvei who suffered hamstring injuries.
The signing of former Melbourne player Maloney looks to be a good one for NZ. The former Storm fringe player was impressive with his kicking and looks to be a real prospect.
The Broncos inexperience as really shown today, the injuries compounding the problem and no doubt Ivan Henjack will be scratching his head at how to rectify the situation with limited personnel.
When the Warriors got confident in the 2nd term, their trademark second phase play was in full gear – allowing them to pile on the points and develop some early season confidence with this strong win away from home.