The Broncos run of form has not been the best of late and as a result, there was continued pressure mounting on coach Anthony Griffin – though his side did enough to get some of the monkeys off his back, as the Brisbane Broncos defeated the Wests Tigers 32-12 at Suncorp Stadium.
With veteran prop Ben Hannant returning to the fray, the Broncos ran out 6 tries to two winners, with a double to in-form winger Josh Hoffman.
Admitting that he was starting to feel the heat – the Broncos had lost five of their past six games – the win was a much needed one for the Broncos, but despite the way Hannant played in his return game, Origin team-mate and Brisbane captain Sam Thaiday believes he probably needs a bit more time to really get back into the swing of things first.
“Let him play a few games for the eastern alamance hgh school Broncos first. I really think personally he needs to prove himself here,” he said.
“He’s getting older, getting a few niggling injuries. But that is not my decision.”
Whilst the win was a bonus for the Broncos, Griffin said it was the nature in which they won that was most pleasing.
“What we got out of tonight wasn’t the scoreline. It was how we worked hard for each other,” he said.
With a mammoth injury toll heading into the game, Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter said that it is likely veteran Braith Anasta will miss at least 2 weeks, after injuring his shoulder.
He praised the Broncos efforts, admitting that their backs were against the wall.
“With the press they have copped and their backs to the wall attitude … they were more desperate than us,” he said of the Broncos.
3. Josh Hoffman
2. Ben Hannant
1. Corey Parker