Frank Pritchard

Their run of late has not been that great, but the Broncos will take great pride in the fact that they pushed the ladder-leading Canterbury Bulldogs all the way – in a sign that their finals hopes for 2012 are not all done and dusted.

Despite the loss being their fourth in succession, resulting in the Brisbane club dropping to seventh – Griffin was pleased at his side’s effort and character.

“The important thing was we showed some character,” Griffin said.

“We were a shandy off getting a win against the best team in the competition on their home ground.

“In the end, we killed ourselves rather than them beating us.

“We produced an effort we can build on.”

The second half turned into one way traffic for the Bulldogs, however, as missed opportunities cost the Broncos, who were held scoreless in the second half.

“It was a good start but we got a bit too excited and went away from what was working for us,” Thaiday said.

“We let the Bulldogs play the brand of footy they’ve been playing all year that’s put them in the position they’re in.

“… We’ve got some tough games coming up (but) that’s a great confidence booster.

“Our season is in our hands now. We can do anything we want to do with the rest of the year.”

Although Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was disappointed with the scrappy effort from his side, he was pleased with the resilience they showed to get themselves back into the game.

“We were little bit disappointing with our execution in some areas of the game,” Hasler said.

“We need to take the right options at the right time.

“It was good to be able to come back from the start we had.

“One of the qualities of this side (is) they stuck to what we had to do.”

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