Just when it looked like the Brisbane Broncos would be holding on for a victory, a crucial play from New Zealand Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell won the game for the Warriors, as he took an intercept and ran coast to coast to score the game-winning try.
Off a Prince cut-out ball, it was read brilliantly by Hurrell who took the ball and went all the way, with halfback Shaun Johnson converting the try as the Warriors held on to win 18-16.
Matt Elliott was cautious after the win, though, knowing full well that if Hurrell had not of taken that intercept, it would have been a different story for his side.
“It was a make-or-break play, but that’s what NRL quality footballers have to do sometimes,” Elliott said.
“They have to come up with the big decisions.”
Despite the ultimate volume pills win, aspects of his side’s play and overall execution left Elliott rather disappointed.
“Our execution wasn’t great,” he said.
“But again, I think I’m being too hard of a marker because of the quality of the opposition and the amount of defence we had to do did impact upon our attack.”
The win means the Warriors recent resurgence continues, as they move up to 10th position and the Broncos down to 12th.
The effort of his players was one factor that pleased Broncos coach Anthony Griffin, though with effort like that, a loss is harder to take.
“There was an awful amount of effort and discipline and just mental toughness that went into that performance,” he said.
“Sometimes, they go against you and that’s when they hurt the most.”
3. Konrad Hurrell
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