Not sure whether it was the 38-point loss or David Fifita's announcement that he was heading south down the M1 as of next year that hurt the Broncos more this weekend? Competitive early against the Storm, prior to a second half masterclass, orchestrated somewhat by that man, Cam Smith. We thought the Broncos might improve, and they did, but not for 80 minutes.
What does losing Fifita do for Brisbane? It certainly isn't the ideal situation but let's look at the opportunity it presents. It leaves a lot of salary cap room for the Broncos to go out and find a player (or two) that can help lead this club back from what looks like a bottom two finish in 2020. The right player? A debate for another time, but you'd think it needs to be someone with suitable experience and leadership. Put simply, the Broncos need to buy a captain.
Elsewhere around the NRL, Parramatta got things back on track with a win over the gallant Tigers on Thursday night. Is it me or do the Tigers just always seem to be in 9th position? That's where they are right now. For Parra, not their best, but they're finding a way to win in 2020 and now get a long turnaround before meeting with Bulldogs this Sunday.
Predictably, the Cowboys battled hard under caretaker coach Josh Hannay on Friday night, but Manly proved too strong in the end. Another sad night for the state of QLD in terms of rugby league results, the Broncos and Cowboys sitting 15th and 12th respectively on the NRL ladder and in danger of battling it out for the wooden spoon - did someone say State of Origin concern!?
If you took the short odds about the Roosters, you were probably in need of a paramedic at some point in this match, the Warriors jumping to an early lead and looking strong. Sydney City picking up two second half tries to Luke Keary and Joseph Manu, winning by 8, with coach Trent Robinson un-phased by the seemingly lacklustre performance. Maybe because he has a bloke called SBW coming to join the squad? I'd be fairly relaxed too!
Saturday Night was a smorgasbord of sport but it was hard to turn off the Sharks and Dragons game. Entertaining, the Dragons rallied late and you'd be forgiven for thinking they would have come over the top of Cronulla. Admittedly, they were robbed, 4 points the difference, the bunker completely butchering a call to gift the Sharks a try. How do they get it that wrong? The game that followed was another close affair, the Raiders just doing enough to beat the bunnies and stay in touch with the Top 4. I think the Raiders are still $3.25 to make the Top 4 this year, despite the loss of Josh Hodgson, that might be value?
Sunday's games didn't really go to script did they!? The Bulldogs registering their first post-COVID win in beating the Knights. What about the poor old Knights? First it was Andrew McCullough who went down with a hamstring torn off the bone, then it was his replacement, Connor Watson who ruptures his achilles, both will miss the remainder of the year. Dear oh dear! Despite that, the Knights let opportunities slip and continue their win/loss/win/loss run. Well done Canterbury, back in the winner's circle!
The final game of the weekend looked to be heading down a similar path with the Titans sticking it to the Panthers. Ultimately, Penrith held on to remain at the top of the table, flying high, with a Saturday night showdown with Manly ahead of them!
How good is footy!