The conditions, were dreadful. Rain, rain and even more rain. As a result, ball control was poor – and ultimately, it is what led to the Broncos win.

Starting off the game stronger, on the back of solid attacking sets and promising defensive all around the park, the second half was a reversal of the first-half for the Eels, which led to their loss.

In spite of that however, the Broncos came out stronger in the second half, after coach Anthony Griffin highlighted his side’s impatience, and the fact that they just could not adapt to the wet conditions.

“We were getting into good field position, but trying to get points too quickly in the first half,” Griffin said.

“It wasn’t panic stations, the only way they got their try was that we dropped the ball over the line, we just had to wait for our points to come instead of chasing them.

“We were all lot better in the second half, not just Corey. We were impatient with the ball and trying to find points rather than earn them.”

For Broncos captain Sam Thaiday, sees positivity ahead, and thought that the way his side defended in the second half, was a sign of things to come.

“We knew it was going to be a tough, hard grind. We just hung in there,” he said.

“If we keep our defence up this season we are going to go a long way. There is plenty more to come.”

For Eels coach Stephen Kearney, despite the poor second half from his side, he refused to dwell on the negatives, instead praising his young  backs for their solid first-up performances.

“They all did very well I thought, particularly in defence,” Kearney said.

“Our attack could certainly be a lot better but I think that’s going to take a few weeks to gel together.”

Kearney is also keen to see improvement from his halfback Chris Sandow, who had a  great first-half, but a poor second half, due to a lack of support from his team-mates in attacking situations.

“He’s like the whole team’s performance. We’ve got a lot of improvement in us … but we all know what he’s capable of and I’m sure he’ll get even better as we move through this season.”

NRL News Dally M Awards

Sam Thaiday – 3
Mitchell Allgood – 2
Ben Hannant – 1

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