It would have taken a brave person to predict that the Brisbane Broncos would beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs. 

Despite missing Latrell Mitchell, the Rabbitohs would have been seen as the stronger side of the two.

Especially seeing as marquee half Adam Reynolds was missing for the Broncos due to Covid.

However, fast forward to the end of the game, and it was the Broncos celebrating their 11-4 win at Suncorp Stadium.

The Broncos started with the early running and had two early chances to score.

Both involved pacey winger Selwyn Cobbo; one play saw him tackled into touch and another saw him make a break, only to then throw a forward pass.

The deadlock was finally broken when Cody Walker, who threw an intercept in last years’ grand final, did so again.

This time, it was Albert Kelly intercepting and he raced 85 m to score a try.

The Bunnies were determined to stay in the contest and did so down the left with Josh Mansour finishing well in the corner.

At 6-4 and the game evenly poised, Corey Oates was able to score the 99th try of his career, to put the Broncos up 10-4.

Desperate to score, the Rabbitohs did their best but failed to crack the Broncos line.

The Broncos, with a final chance to ice the game, did so but via the unlikeliest source.

Jamayne Isaako found himself with the ball on the last but quickly passed to Kurt Capewell, who, as cool as you like, slotted the winning field goal.

Filling in as captain, the win iced a splendid debut game for Capewell and the Broncos.

Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou praised debuting half Lachlan Ilias and believes he will only get better.

“I thought Lachlan [Ilias] defended outstandingly and that’s a big part of his game,” Demetriou said.

“I think he can own his kicking a little bit more but it’s a work in progress.

“I think the only way he is going to get better is to be out there. His temperament is very good and he’ll learn on the run.”

Kevin Walters praised his side’s defence who conceded just four points, their lowest total since 2019.

“I thought our defence was the best it has been since I’ve been here and that’s the sort of stuff that we can really build a team around – that desire and that will to stop them from the scoring,” Walters said.

“It was a tough, gritty game and we haven’t played that way for a long time and that’s what Kurt [Capewell] brings to the team, that grittiness, that drive, that hang in there.

“That was a typical game that Kurt shines in.”

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Brisbane Broncos back-rower Kurt Capewell

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