In somewhat of a slump in recent weeks after three losses on the trot, the Brisbane Broncos have bounced back at home, with a 26-18 win over a spirited Canberra Raiders outfit.
The Broncos burst out of the blocks, as Darius Boyd – with some spirited and determined play from fullback – scoring two of his team’s three first-half tries.
Looking flat in the first half, the Raiders were left with little option but to expand their play if they were to score points.
They fought harder and worked as a team in the second half, led by damaging runs from Junior Paulo and Paul Vaughan.
In the opposition third, it was an unlikely player in Kurt Baptiste who led the charge in points, scoring two tries out of dummy half in a solid display.
But it was too little, too late for the Raiders, as the Broncos quick succession of points essentially sealed the game long before that point.
Two unlikely sources in Josh McGuire and Corey Parker were also in-form for the Broncos side, with both overpowering the Raiders defence.
Parker, who has been down on form in recent times, came to life, as he scored an unlikely try and converted all the goals that he was faced with.
Despite the late Raiders resurgence, the Broncos held on and got their season back on track.
It was not all good news for the Broncos, though, with both Jordan Kahu and Alex Glenn departing the field due to injuries.
“Worst case scenario they’ll probably miss a couple of weeks to a month,” Bennett said.
“It’s not too bad because we have byes coming up.
“Kahu’s injury is not his pectoral but rather a ligament around that area.”
As for the Raiders, the errors and an overall lack of completion rate cost them but coach Stuart knew he did not have to tell that to his players.
“I don’t have to tell the boys too much in there, they know what cost them,” Stuart said.
“We’ll learn from that. We’ll go away from that to learn from it and if we learn properly we’ll get better as a team again.
“They’re things that we can fix easily but we need to do it too. The boys are disappointed but you’ve got to take away things like that after a loss like that that are going to improve you and we’ve got to do it quickly.”
Stuart says he and his side will learn from this game and use this to catapult themselves towards more wins.
“I’m not walking away from here all down and dejected. I know we’ll learn off this tonight.
“They’re a team that should be in the top four or two so we’ll certainly go away and become a better football team again and very quickly from the experience tonight.”
Player of the Game:
3. Darius Boyd
2. Kurt Baptiste
1. Corey Parker