Manly lacking execution not effort
Whilst they were comfortably beaten in the end, the result didn’t come about through a lack of trying on Manly’s behalf. They certainly put in an effort but just didn’t have the class in them to take their opportunities or stop Brisbane from taking theirs. They also didn’t benefit from having 50/50 calls go their way with a cut out pass from Cherry-Evans to Matthew Wright to score in the corner denied for a forward pass. On replays the ball appeared to travel behind DCE and so luck wasn’t in their favour either.
Manly have had a rather horrid run with injuries to start the year and as a result they have barely been able to field a full-strength team for more than one round or even name an unchanged team-list from game to game. With Brett Stewart and Steve Matai ruled out earlier in the week it didn’t help matters but Tom Trbojevic put in an enthusiastic performance at the back in his rapid return from injury and Brenton Lawrence ran for 126m in just under 40 minutes on the field. It just wasn’t enough for the Sea Eagles to ever really look threatening in attack.
One may start to wonder just how long they can persist with Dylan Walker at 5/8. A talented player he may be but after 10 rounds he hasn’t shown much promising signs of improving as a playmaker and with Lyon’s retirement at the end of the year meaning he’ll likely go back to the centres in 2017 anyway, Manly should re-consider their options.
Broncos train keeps on rolling
Missing key members of their squad including Andrew McCollough, Adam Blair and Alex Glenn as well as an exhausting ‘away’ trip the Broncos weren’t even phased one bit and went about their business as they pleased. Anthony Milford ran riot once again over as he made 3 line breaks, scored 2 tries and ran for a game high 185 metres.
They never looked like getting out of second gear and the momentum never swung against them as they cruised along to another convincing victory. Whether that’s a good thing or not going up against a Cowboys team next week that had a disappointing loss and will be out to make amends, remains to be seen. One thing is for certain though the Broncos are premiership favourites for a reason and it looms as a mighty task for any team they face to take them down.
Parker hands over the kicking duties
After more than a decade of taking conversions for Brisbane it appears that Corey Parker may have relinquished his duties for good. After Jordan Kahu was handed the very first kick he took every subsequent one and was accurate with the boot only missing one of his six attempts. Parker has developed a bit of reputation lately for missing goals a lot, perhaps in part due to fatigue playing in the forwards and had been sharing the duties with Kahu this year and last. Now that he holds the all-time point scoring record for the Broncos perhaps it was time for a change and the goal-kicking torch to be passed down to a young player like Kahu.
Sam Thaiday confirms status as one of NRL’s premier comedians
One of the more notable events to occur in this game was a humorous moment from resident funny-man Sam Thaiday. As both teams packed into a scrum, play was held up as Nate Myles stayed standing and didn’t get his head down to set the scrum. Thaiday made his thoughts on the matter known to the official “His head’s too big sir, Nate Myles, it should be a penalty”. Amazingly none of the players on the field or the official had a chuckle over it but social media was abuzz over the comment and it was another golden moment from one of the funniest players in the NRL. As serious and as tough a competition Rugby League can be it’s always great to still retain some personality and characters in the game.
In The Sheds
Martin Taupau- Taupau was placed on report for a dangerous tackle on Matt Gillett. He faces a three week suspension.
Brisbane Broncos- 30
Tries: Darius Boyd (10m), Anthony Milford (14m, 50m), Sam Thaiday (59m), Corey Oates (69m)
Goals: Jordan Kahu 5/6
Manly Sea Eagles- 6
Tries: Martin Taupau (56m)
Goals: Jamie Lyon 1/1