Their seasons have taken rather different trajectories so far in 2019 but the Brisbane Broncos have snagged a surprise win over the Sydney Roosters.
The Broncos, looking to continue momentum to get their season back on track and move away from the bottom, had everything to play for.
On the other hand, the Roosters were flying high. Beating teams left, right and centre, and performing consistently across the year.
Though rugby league is a funny game and it was the Broncos who snagged a win, courtesy of new signing James Segeyaro.
His dummy half heroics gave the Broncos a 15-10 win at Suncorp Stadium.
The match started with intensity and just two minutes in, a professional foul saw Cooper Cronk sent to the sin-bin.
Try as they might, the Broncos lacked execution early and could not capitalise on their extra man.
Instead, the Roosters nabbed first points on the back of a tough James Tedesco run.
Feigning a kick left, the Roosters shifted right, and it was Victor Radley who found Tedesco before the fullback did the rest himself.
The Broncos first try would soon come, however, as a barnstorming Payne Haas split the Broncos defence and showed his raw power to score.
The sides then traded penalty goals as the two went into the break locked up at 8-apiece.
An early field goal by Anthony Milford in the 64th minute had some fans wondering if it was too early.
Though with Segeyaro darted over from dummy half and the try was converted, the 7-point lead proved to be the winner.
The Roosters fought to get something out of it and the grandstand finish was set when Latrell Mitchell kicked a penalty goal with five to go.
It was some just revenge for the Broncos, who were blown off the park by the Roosters in round four.
With Payne Haas participating in Ramadan due to his Muslim faith, his performance tonight was even more remarkable.
“He was very good Payne, particularly carrying the footy early. He caused the Roosters lots of troubles and created a fair bit of momentum for us,” Broncos coach Anthony Seibold said.
“He really led the way, plays long minutes, and been really consistent for us.
Seibold said that the club has adjusted Haas’ training routine during Ramadan.
“His beliefs – and we’re very supportive of it – so we made some modifications during the week in and around his training programs,” he said.
“Payno makes a lot of sacrifices and we’re 100 per cent behind him.”
With the surprise loss, Roosters coach Trent Robinson said his side has learnt some valuable lessons.
“You want your lessons when you win, but we got a lesson for the first time in a couple of months through a loss,” Robinson said.
“It was disappointing but we deserved to lose tonight. We didn’t deserve to win. So there’s a lesson in it for us.
“There’s lots of footy left so pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, take our lesson and move on.
NRL News Player of the Game
3. Payne Haas
2. James Segeyaro
- Anthony Milford