Proving that they are the team to beat this season, the Brisbane Broncos have continued their winning ways and are one step closer to securing the minor premiership, after trouncing the Gold Coast Titans 34-0 at Suncorp.
In front of almost 28,000 fans, the Broncos recorded their eighth win on the trot and the Titans their fifth loss in a row.
The local derby was full of feeling and emotion, as Adam Blair was put on report for a high shot on Titans half Kane Elgey – who left the field with concussion as a result.
Josh Hoffman was also put on report, after he also went high in a tackle on Brisbane’s Jordan Kahu.
Despite having 52% of possession and holding onto the ball relatively well with an 86% completion rate, the Titans just could not score any points nor penetrate the Broncos defensive wall.
In what is perhaps a good omen, the Broncos held a team scoreless for the first time since 2006, the year they last won the premiership.
Possession went back and forth but it was the Broncos who showed everyone how it is done, as they produced line-breaks, try assists and crafty plays to win.
Once again, it was Ben Hunt leading from the front, as he was well supported by veteran forward Corey Parker, fullback Darius Boyd and halves partner, Anthony Milford.
The Titans have now failed to register any points for the second successive week.
Coach Wayne Bennett praised his players, particularly the spine, and commented on how just good they can become.
“You’re talking about some highly-skilled people here,” said Bennett.
“Whether you’re talking Boyd, Milford or Hunt, they’re an exceptional group of guys with high skill levels and as they get more confident in a system with new coaching staff and new players coming in, they had to take their time to grow.
It’s great to watch and they’ll only get better at it. Milford’s just turned 21; it’s scary to think about what he could be at 25 or 26. They just do things that only really good players can do.”
With all the hopes resting on young half Kane Elgey from 2016 and beyond, Titans coach Neil Henry admitted that he is still a raw talent and developing his game.
“We’re struggling but at least tonight we put some plays on,” said Henry.
“We lacked a bit of creative spark I suppose.
“We know Kane is a developing half and unfortunately he copped that knock tonight so he’s learning on the run.
It is a development for some of our players and we are starting to get a few players back.”
Player of the Game:
3. Corey Parker
2. Ben Hunt
1. Darius Boyd
Brisbane Broncos 34 (Corey Parker, Darius Boyd, Ben Hunt, Jarrod Wallace, Kodi Nikorima, Alex Glenn tries; Parker 3, Jordan Kahu 2 goals) defeated Gold Coast Titans 0 at Suncorp Stadium. Crowd: 27,665. Half-time: Broncos 18-0. On report: Adam Blair (Broncos), Josh Hoffman (Titans).