It was Super League who surprisingly went one up on the NRL when Warrington Wolves stunned the more fancied Brisbane Broncos on the Halliwell Jones turf.
Ill Discipline Cost the Broncos Dearly
From start to finish the Broncos were all over the park. They had no organisation, no game plan and they gave away a multitude of penalties and possession. Their only tries came through their kicking and a long break by James Roberts, which showed how poor their attack was. Their one dimensional play was detrimental to their cause and they showed no respect for their opponents, who played with the passion that should be played by all teams.
How good was veteran Kevin Brown in his first outing for the Wire? Fans were critical of his last minute signing after losing Chris Sandow, however he showed what he can do with the ball in hand. His clever kicks in play helped pin the Broncos back and his awareness and all round experience really helped the Wolves get on the scoreboard, particularly the first try where he bamboozled the defence from dummy half. His partner in crime, youngster Declan Patton, was also on song and will benefit from Brown’s longevity.
Time for one ref in the NRL?
The one ref system continues to prove to be the way to go in the National Rugby League. With international rules being played in the World Club Series, the game was fast flowing and overall a more exciting contest. Referee Phil Bentham knew exactly when and when not to get involved, and handled the late game scuffles well. He also let the attacking team get the advantage when it came to ruck speed, which helped breathed some life into the game at times. It’s time that the game in Australia goes back to a one referee system and this series continues to show why.
Parker a Bigger Loss Than First Thought?
The Broncos attack was quite worrying, especially their one dimensional play. Sure, the forwards did alright at trucking the ball forward, but there were so many offloads that hit the ground. They also struggled with promoting the ball to the outside backs. While the team as a whole played poorly, it was the loss of Corey Parker that might haunt the club heading into this season. There’s no player in the team who has the work ethic, ball skills and experience that he provided. While Josh McGuire is a decent replacement, they’ll need a bit more ball playing in the forwards if they want to get back to the attacking prowess they showed in previous seasons.
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