Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
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Broncos return to form

Brisbane Broncos

  • Broncos return to form with crushing win
  • Doubts about competing with top teams
  • Still a chance for the finals

The 58-24 hiding Brisbane dealt to Penrith on the weekend gave the side their first back-to-back win since May 22.

The warm winter’s day seemed a far cry from the icy chill of Canberra just a fortnight earlier where the Broncos recorded their worst loss in the proud team’s history.

The 56-0 demolition left everyone hailing Brisbane’s season over and some even calling for the head of rookie coach Ivan Henjack.

At the time Henjack remained optimistic, but even his optimism did not forsee a game of this nature.

“It was good. I’ll have to go back and have a look at it just to convince myself,” he said.

Whilst the amassing of 40 points in the second half would no doubt impress the staff at Red Hill, it’s the fact that Penrith failed to score during that period which really excited Henjack.

“The pleasing thing for me was we tidied up our defence and built some pressure. We realise that’s very important for us at this stage of the year,” he said.

He’s not wrong. During the previous month of football Brisbane conceded 144 points, with three out of those four games against teams outside the top eight.

However the question now is can Brisbane continue their current good form all the way into the finals?

The assignment isn’t easy – facing the Dragons away, North Queensland away and then the much anticipated Canberra re-match at home.

Captain Darren Lockyer is wary of a Dragons outfit coming off a loss to the Knights.

“It’s going to be pretty daunting going down there. We will find out where we are in the competition,” he said.

The Broncos are currently eighth on the ladder with three rounds remaining.