Broncos spine finally clicksGreg Davis,
in gritty victory over the Eels
in gritty victory over the Eels
August 30, 2019 10:54pm
The highly-paid members of Brisbane’s spine showed some backbone while the ‘Bash Brothers’ muscled up to guide the Broncos a step closer to a finals berth with a gutsy 17-16 golden point win over Parramatta on Friday night. Darius Boyd and Anthony Milford have copped plenty of WARRANTED criticism in 2019 regardless of what some WAGS and sycophants might suggest (seriously people, watch the games and be honest with yourselves). But there is no disputing the under-the-pump stars provided the sort of top-shelf classy displays that have them on the big bucks.
Corey Oates hugs Darius Boyd after Boyd scored a try. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt
Boyd did what he does best – running the ball and chasing kicks – while Milford was at his scheming and skillful best. And while all that was happening, the rampaging three-headed monster of Payne Haas, David Fifita and Matt Lodge brought the considerable crash, bone-crunching bang and wow-factor wallop for the home side at Suncorp Stadium.
Sign Fifita now Brisbane. Right now.
ANTHONY MILFORD – 8.5
Terrorised the Eels with his towering spiral bombs and pinpoint grubber kicks. Got his hands on the ball much more often. Brisbane look better when he is highly involved because his presence puts defensive lines on high alert and puts them under pressure. Saved a try when he cleaned up a kick when the Eels looked certain to score. Had the magical footwork going too. Best effort since the derby win over the Titans a little while back. 92 running metres, three tackle busts with one try assist and a linebreak assist
COREY OATES – 6.5
Spilled a bomb after running a mile to get to the Steeden in the first half but caught one late when under intense pressure to help give Isaako a shot at field goal. Had a great battle with Blake Ferguson and had 124 running metres.
KOTONI STAGGS - 6
Produced one crunching tackle that hurt people watching on TV. Was part of the right-edge defence that was bamboozled by the Eels for Parramatta’s first try. Had 54 running metres with limited opportunities in attack.
Alex Glenn celebrates victory after the match. Picture: Jono Searle/Getty Images
ALEX GLENN – 6
Rock-solid and looked much more dangerous with the head tape. 74 running metres and 10 tackles with one strange attempted grubber kick when he could have passed to his winger.
JAMAYNE ISAAKO - 7
Had a helter skelter sort of night – a mixed bag at great pace. Hit the winning field goal in golden point beautifully after hitting the post in regular time while his goal-kicking was also perfect. Was part of the bad defensive read for the Eels’ first try. Lost the ball late in the first half when the Broncos were deep in attack and missed eight tackles.
didn’t miss a tackle
DARIUS BOYD – 8
His best game for a very, very long time. One of the reasons that he is a modern-day great with two premierships, a Clive Churchill medal and 20-plus Tests and 20-plus Origins is because he is an outstanding runner of the ball. Went back to his strengths and Brisbane benefitted with his greater input. One slicing run off an offload set-up Fifita’s try. Beautifully timed chase for a try off a Milford kick. Didn’t miss a tackle.
Sean O’Sullivan jumps on Jamayne Isaako after he nailed the kick. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England
SEAN O’SULLIVAN - 6.5
The Eels sent plenty of traffic his way and he defended strongly with 24 tackles and just the one miss. It blunted his attacking game but he made a couple of telling runs when he put his body on the line. Milford took over in attack more often than not – which he should.
MATT LODGE – 7.5
Had 134 running metres with two tackle busts and threw in 29 tackles for good measure. Takes the hard first hit-up more often than not and backs it up with another charge later in the set.
ANDREW MCCULLOUGH - 6
Gave away one penalty that handed Parramatta two points and spent time in the sin bin for a professional foul in a rare night of ill-discipline. Made 31 tackles and was more active out of dummy-half which helped spark Brisbane’s attack.
Payne Haas and David Fifita. Beauty personified. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England
PAYNE HAAS – 8.5
Has a motor that would not be out of place at Bathurst. Had 101 running metres and 21 tackles by halftime. Had a team-high 214 running metres by the end of the match with a team-high 45 tackles. Another powerhouse display from the massive unit. Bends the defensive live with every hit-up and gets to his feet in a heartbeat to keep the Broncos rolling.
DAVID FIFITA – 9
If Brisbane re-sign the teenage behemoth based on the advice of Fifita’s Mum, they need to buy her the same diamond ring that the NRL purchased for Barbara Smith. The kid is a freak. Had Parramatta defenders bouncing off him all night. It’s like The Incredible Hulk is one of those Avengers movies. Scored another bullocking try after excellent lead-up work by Boyd. Had 132 running metres and eight tackle busts with his final charge proving to be invaluable as it gave Isaako time and space for the match-winning field goal.
MATT GILLETT – 6.5
Workman-like effort front the old pro out on the edge. 31 tackles and 70 running metres.
PATRICK CARRIGAN - 6
Copped an early whack but bounced back to his feet and delivered some of his own punishment with a bruising hit on Parramatta’s Daniel Alvaro. Strong carries and a willing worker in defence.
JAMES SEGEYARO – 5
Two runs produced 24 telling metres with two tackle busts. Made 16 tackles in a second half cameo. Went low on a rampaging Kane Evans who rolled over to score and level the scores late in the second half.
TOM FLEGLER – 4.5
Limited opportunities off the pine. Made 14 tackles and 36 metres.
GEHAMAT SHIBASAKI – N/A
Didn’t see any action at all. Not even with golden point.
RHYS KENNEDY – 5.5
A nice offload found a fast-moving Boyd to be the catalyst for Fifita’s try. One of his best efforts off the bench after being a late call up for Joe Ofahengaue .