Despite the Broncos poor record at Canberra Stadium, they played well, and gelled together, and the result showed, with several players playing out of their skin.
The second half was one to forget for the Raiders, as they were held scoreless by the Broncos, and it was the first time since 2005, that the Broncos have won a game in Canberra.
Despite his return, Matt Orford was largely ineffective, and needs time to adapt to the improved speed of the game. The second successive week without gun fullback Josh Dugan did not really help either.
The Broncos however were clinical with their finishing, and new coach Anthony Griffin was pleased with the efforts of boom back, Jharal Yow Yeh, having coached him in the Broncos NYC side a few years ago.
“He’s got a bucket-load of talent,” Griffin said.
“When he gets a bit of space and he gets that kick in the right spot he’s just got a knack of being able to execute something like that.”
For Broncos captain Darren Lockyer, it was all about attitude, and this is what won them the game, following their Rd 1 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys.
“We had a bit to play for. They came off a soft win,” Lockyer said.
“Our head space was a lot better tonight. We came down here and people didn’t think we could win,” Lockyer said.
“That got us motivated and switched on, and when Ando went down it gave us another reason to switch on even more.
Raiders coach David Furner was disappointed with his sides effort, and lamented their poor ball-handling, and their poor execution.
“We didn’t start that well, straight off the kick-off making an error,” Furner said.
Trailing at half-time by only two points, Furner believed that his side was always in with a chance to win the game, but it just was not to be.
“I think we were winning the energy battle despite the short-turn around,” he said.
“I think I put that straight to the players and talked about the opposition we’d be playing this week,” Furner said.
“By no means did we get ahead of ourselves. We got our first win and we were happy about that, but we had some work to do.
BRISBANE 20 (M Gillett J Hoffman J Yow Yeh tries C Parker 4 goals)Â CANBERRA 4 (B Ferguson try) at Canberra Stadium. Referee: Matt Cecchin, Steve Lyons.Â Crowd: 16,146.
Dally M Points
3 Darren Lockyer
2 Matt Gillett
1 Corey Parker