Broncos attack on the improve
After being criticised for their inability to score points, the Broncos produced a fine offensive display to show they’re on their way to being back to their best on attack. They threw the ball around a lot and played more expansive football than what they would in their usual game plan.
Milford made up for some poor recent performances with a good showing. He ran straight and took the ball to the line producing a few line breaks and setting up a try for Thaiday. The Broncos left edge produced a big game with Tautau Moga running for 234m while David Mead had an impressive club debut. Scoring a try, running for 174m and busting 5 tackles as well as performing well under the high ball to make a statement he belongs in first grade.
The Broncos attack is finally starting to click in 2017. Having played the best teams of 2016 in their first four rounds, the Broncos have put themselves in a good position to go on a strong run as they start to face the lower placed teams.
Broncos face problem in the halves
Ben Hunt injured his hamstring during the game and will miss a few weeks of footy. With his absence, it creates a slight dilemma in the halves for the next 2-3 weeks. Nikorima filled in great at halfback for the last 30 minutes of the game. However he isn’t an organizational half and it could create problems if the Broncos take to the field with two running halves.
It potentially opens the door for young Todd Murphy to make his debut in the halves with Nikorima to stay as bench utility. Either way the Broncos will greatly miss the services of Hunt. His combination with Gillett on the edge, gives opposition teams headaches every week and without Hunt it’ll reduce his effectiveness too.
Roosters defence in shambles
The Roosters missed a whopping 47 tackles for the match. In the first half alone they were almost at a missed tackle a minute. It was an absolutely atrocious performance from the Roosters whose 4 wins in a row seemed to disguise how well they were actually going.
The Broncos made so much easy ground as they made run after run without any Roosters players able to hold onto a tackle attempt. A 32-8 scoreline honestly flatters them with how poor their defence was. It should act as a wake up call because right now the Roosters status as premiership contenders has been debunked as they were exposed as wannabe pretenders.
Outside backs have terrible night out
All of the Roosters outside backs bar Daniel Tupou had a torrid night out. Shaun Kenny-Dowall played with even less of a clue than usual. His ill-timed offloads to nobody on first tackle put his team under immense pressure, he threw hospital passes in-field that almost had Darius Boyd licking his lips at another intercept chance.
Ferguson missed 7 tackles in a shocking defensive effort. Michael Gordon panicked after he made a line break and threw the ball away on first tackle after making it to the Broncos goal-line. Latrell Mitchell suffered the indignity of being benched in the last 10 minutes. Having committed 3 errors and making a number of poor decisions the stats didn’t record, the decision was made to hook him. Coach Trent Robinson did it to give him a rest as he explained in the post-match press conference. Regardless the real reason, the whole backline needs to shape up or face further embarrassment next week.
In the Sheds
Ben Hunt will miss 2-3 weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in the 49th minute.
Korbin Sims went to the sidelines with ice on his ankle.
Brisbane Broncos- 32
Tries: Andrew McCullough (5m), Sam Thaiday (25m), Korbin Sims (51m), James Roberts (71m), David Mead (77m)
Goals: Jordan Kahu 6/7
Sydney Roosters- 8
Tries: Mitch Aubusson (17m), Blake Ferguson (21m)
Goals: Michael Gordon 0/2