As good as Lockyer was at the twilight of his career, that knee reconstruction spelled the end of him being a dominant force in the competition. The knee reconstruction hindered his game and took some of the edge out of the Broncos. The other big disaster that season was losing Petero Civoniceiva. Bulla was right up there with Steve Price and Roy Asotasi as one of the best front row forwards in the game and it's really taken them until now to find anybody of his calibre.I remember the sack Bennett chorus was getting very loud by the time we bombed out of the 2005 comp - hell, I was part of it. It felt like it was all happening again too in 2006, but they showed signs of life in that game against Melbourne, and the rest is history.
2007 could have been a very different year if Locky didn't go down against the Cowboys. He had taken his game to another level on our run to the 2006 premiership and he was looking in similar touch that night again, but ACL injuries can be cruel and it felt like it took him another couple of years to regain his confidence to run the ball the way he used to.