On Sunday afternoon the in-form Broncos became the first team this season to win five consecutive games when they outclassed, outplayed and outlasted the Rabbitohs in a big 50 – 22 victory at Suncorp Stadium in front of over 30,000 very happy fans.
Brisbane now have a real chance of going all the way this year, something that could not have been said about them at the start of the season when they lost six of their first eight games. Digging deep and finding their feet, the Broncos have worked their way up to number seven on the ladder and look to keep on climbing.
South Sydney, still in the number five spot, failed to rise to the occasion and their recent form was shut down on Sunday as they never looked a chance.
The Bunnies were missing a number of their big name players including Origin star Dave Taylor, the suspended Isaac Luke, and Sam Burgess away on Test duty.
But this was little excuse for the Rabbitohs, as the Broncos showed depth with their young guns rising to the challenge and winning without Lockyer, Thaiday and Folau.
Brisbane’s huge nine-tries-to-four victory was beautiful to watch, with acting captain Corey Parker living up to his role with ease and booting seven from nine as well. And Parker had plenty of support with Hoffman, Yow Yeh, Te’o and Gillett all putting in career best performances.
There were doubles and triples for all the rising stars, with just four players scoring all nine of the Broncos tries.
Josh Hoffman bagged a first-half double scoring in the opening try in the 11th and then in the 33rd minutes.
Then the speedy Jharal Yow Yeh, proving why he was named as the Maroons 18th man for Origin II, also got in a double scoring their second and ninth tries in the 14th and 78th minutes; his final coming after he broke free and sprinted down the right side, sprinting 60 metres and kicking to himself in a stunning solo effort.
In-form backrower Ben Te’o scored a hat-trick with a try in the 18th minute and then either side of the break in the 39th and 43rd minutes.
And Folau’s replacement in the centres, Matt Gillett was also impressive and had some fun getting in a double in the 54th and 74th minutes, after he had displayed some skilful passing that resulted in two of Te’o’s tries.
An uninspiring Rabbitohs outfit did manage to score first in when winger Nathan Merritt got over in the seventh minute. Merritt also scored South’s final try in the 72nd minute adding to a night of multiples. Their other tries went to Colin Best and Ben Lowe, and Chris Sandow converted three from four, but their 22 points did little to soften the blow the baby Broncos thrashing caused.
This Friday night in the opening match of Suncorp Stadium’s double-header the Broncos will attempt to make it six in a row when they take on the Panthers. Then on Saturday the Rabbitohs head to Brookvale Oval to play Manly. Check out the odds for both of these great games at Ladbrokes.com.au today!