Whilst the celebrating will continue for the Brisbane Broncos after a resounding 44-22 win over the Newcastle Knights in Brisbane, the major talking point is the potential long-term injury to prop Josh McGuire.
It was an innocuous looking injury at first as he turned around in defence before hitting the turf, with fears that he has injured his Achilles tendon.
Someone who is familiar with that sort of injury is Justin Hodges and having done it twice, he believes the hulking prop can come back fitter and stronger in 2016.
“It’s devastating for him â€“ it’s a big injury,” Hodges said.
“He’s a guy who works hard and takes no shortcuts so he’ll get back. If he works hard [in recovery] and do the little things right he’ll be back before you know it.”
There were injuries galore in the clash, as Dale Copley also left the field with concussion, whilst Knights players Beau Scott (shoulder) and Robbie Rochow (broken arm) also left the field early.
The straight-forward win for the Broncos sees them in outright first at the moment and continues their tremendous momentum and run of wins.
It was one-way traffic to begin with, as the Broncos raced out to a 20-0 lead, before two late tries in the first half reduced the deficit to 20-10 leading into half-time.
The tries then went back and forth for a while as both teams produced some exciting footy, before the Broncos eventually held firm and ran away with the contest.
Finding his mojo over the last month after a tough start to his time at Brisbane, five-eighth Anthony Milford was again one of the key men and is fast becoming a fan favourite.
He drew immediate praise from captain Justin Hodges who is well aware of just how good Milford is as a player.
“Everyone knows what he can do. He’s got so much speed and so much talent, you just give him a little opportunity like that and it’s all over,” said Hodges.
“It’s just good to see him in full flight and how fast he is; it’s about time the little fella showed it.”
The performance also drew praise from coach Wayne Bennett, particularly their defence in the second half.
“They showed the qualities of a good side,” Bennett said.
“They lifted when they had to. There were a couple of times where they had to lift themselves and they did, 20-16 was one of those times and they got themselves going again and that’s what the good sides do.”
After the potential long-term injury to Rochow, the Knights may have to do some last-minute mid-season shopping, just to shore up their forward depth.
“We need some forwards. Robbie might not play again this year; we’ve got a couple of front-rowers out that won’t play for a while so that’s our priority at the moment,” Stone said.
Player of the Game:
3. Matt Gillett
2. Paterkia Vaivai
1. Anthony Milford
Brisbane Broncos 44 (Matt Gillett 2, Lachlan Maranta 2, Corey Oates, Andrew McCullough, Anthony Milford, Darius Boyd tries; Corey Parker 5, Ben Hunt goals) def. Newcastle Knights 22 (Dane Gagai, Akuila Uate, Danny Levi, Korbin Sims tries; Kurt Gidley 3, Gagai goals) at Suncorp Stadium. Crowd: 27,246. Half-time: Broncos 20-10.