NRL - Round 1
Thursday, 14th of March, 2019
Thursday, 14th of March, 2019
|1. Jahrome Hughes|
2. Suliasi Vunivalu
3. Will Chambers
4. Curtis Scott
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Cameron Munster
7. Brodie Croft
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith
10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Kenneath Bromwich
13. Dale Finucane
14. Brandon Smith
15. Christian Welch
16. Tui Kamikamica
17. Patrick Kaufusi
18. Ryan Papenhuyzen
19. Tom Eisenhuth
20. Billy Walters
21. Marion Seve
|1. Darius Boyd (c)|
2. Corey Oates
3. James Roberts
4. Jack Bird
5. Jamayne Isaako
6. Anthony Milford
7. Kodi Nikorima
8. Matthew Lodge
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Joe Ofahengaue
11. Alex Glenn
12. Jaydn Su’A
13. Matt Gillett
14. Kotoni Staggs
15. David Fifita
16. Thomas Flegler
17. Tevita Pangai
18. Shaun Fensom
19. Patrick Carrigan
20. Sean O’Sullivan
21. Gehamat Shibasaki
|Coach: Craig Bellamy||Coach: Anthony Seibold|
|Officials: Gerard Sutton, Matt Noyen|
Sideline Officials: Nick Beashel, Belinda Sleeman
Video Review Officials: Steve Chiddy, Ben Galea
|Venue: Aami Park|
Kickoff: 6:50 pm
Broadcast: Channel 9; Foxleague
Source: Courier Mail.Alex Glenn stars with a hat-trick as Broncos produce come-from-behind trial victory over Titans
MARCH 02, 2019
Broncos veteran Alex Glenn submitted an irresistible case in the battle for back-row spots with a sizzling hat-trick in Brisbane’s come-from-behind 25-22 trial defeat of the Titans on Saturday night.
The back row is one of Brisbane’s most contentious positional areas this season with four top-liners — Glenn, Matt Gillett, David Fifita and Jaydn Su’A — battling for two starting berths.
But Glenn has rocketed into the frame to start against Melbourne in the NRL season-opener on Thursday week after his treble of tries helped haul the Broncos out of trouble against a plucky Titans outfit at Cbus Super Stadium.
Alex Glenn (second from L) celebrates a try with teammates. Picture: Getty
The derby rivalry added an intense edge to the final trial of the pre-season and the Broncos were reeling when a Kevin Proctor double propelled the Titans to a shock 18-0 lead after 21 minutes.
But the Broncos held their nerve, overcoming an 18-6 halftime deficit with a more committed and composed second stanza headlined by Kodi Nikorima’s halfback guile and Glenn’s hat-trick magic.
Nikorima created Glenn’s first try in the 31st minute. Glenn then pounced on a Sean O’Sullivan in the 59th minute before he and Nikorima combined again in the 64th minute to set-up a pulsating finale at 18-all.
The Broncos then finished the job 12 minutes from time, winger Jamayne Isaako making a 50-metre bust to release Richie Kennar before snapping a last-minute field goal to put the Titans to bed.
New recruit Sean O'Sullivan set up one of Glenn’s tries to trigger the comeback. Picture: Getty
It was a positive finish to a solid trial campaign under new Broncos coach Anthony Seibold, who would have been equally thrilled with the drama-free return of Matt Gillett.
Brisbane rolled out their big guns, including Darius Boyd, Corey Oates and Andrew McCullough, but it was Gillett’s successful return from a fractured neck which gave the Broncos most relief.
Seibold would have been less than impressed with his side’s first half. The Broncos had a healthy dose of possession in the early exchanges but were unable to convert pressure into points against an enthusiastic Titans defence.
Two fundamental mistakes rocked the Broncos and the Titans went for the jugular.
Jamayne Isaako looks set for another big season with the Broncos. Picture: Getty
In the 14th minute, young gun David Fifita was left shell-shocked when he grassed a regulation pass and watched in disbelief as rival back-rower Proctor toed through to score for 12-0.
And when Broncos skipper Boyd inexplicably spilt an Ash Taylor grubber in the 21st minute, gifting Proctor his second try, Brisbane were all at sea at 18-0.
The million-dollar question for the Broncos this year is whether they have a dominant halfback to break a 13-year title drought.
Gold Coast star Kevin Proctor celebrates a try. Picture: Getty
On Saturday night’s evidence, Kodi Nikorima needs to do more to emphatically silence the doubters.
The Kiwi Test utility started slowly with some misdirected passes to his outside men. But he lifted on the half-hour, setting up two tries for Glenn with sublime short balls that illustrated Nikorima’s potency when he backs himself.
After a sluggish start, the Broncos lifted after the break and struck paydirt in the Glenn-Nikorima combination.
Haha I thought the same thing about the fat prop, and was shocked when they said Richie Kennar scored. I was like man that guy has some toe for a fat bloke.Held on to the ball in the second half, scored 4 tries. Granted, at least the last two of Glenn's were down to the awful defensive reads of Ash Taylor (the first one I didn't see).
I was laughing at the last try. I though "I don't know who that fat prop is that scored, but he supported really well". You guys were right about Kennar needing to lose a few.
I don't think you can get all that in the first round of the season. Or even the first month and a bit of the season. Teams will always start rusty. Just not giving away dropped ball or penalties and winning the power game should be enough to win.It will take a few rounds for the team to gel and click with one another but I'm expecting a tough, gritty, win at all costs attitude. Tough D, solid attack throwing good shape and minimal penalties with excellent ball control. That's all I'm expecting against our bogey side Melbourne.