That was a good performance.
Yes, we know the Broncos were missing people to Origin and injury, but they still fielded a pretty decent team, and we beat them. You could even have argued we should have beaten them by more - we had the top seven Fantasy performers tonight (in order, Johnson
, Mannering, Luke, Gavet, Nicoll-Klokstad, Tuivasa-Sheck) and with that sort of dominance maybe we should have won by more than 18. But never mind, bank the points.
That first half in particular was very good - we ran hard, tackled hard, outplayed them in every way, helped by some errors on their part but overall we had higher energy and commitment.
If there was one thing that worried me it was the clear (and fortunately temporary) droop in confidence when the Broncos scored those two tries in the second half (good tries, too). You could see the tackling dropping off, heads going down, almost see the thought bubbles over their heads, "Oh god, they're coming back at us, we're going to blow this one too". And then we picked ourselves up again and found a second wind. So we pulled ourselves together, but I wouldn't say we've got all our confidence and mental toughness back yet after the previous weeks' losses.
Good individual performances all round: nobody had an outright bad game, and several raised their game quite a bit. Issac and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
were much more on song than they've been. And wasn't that solo try from Shaun an absolute corker? Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
was very good - maybe missed scoring one he should have nailed, but still impressive. I really hope he gets to keep his place, he's the real deal. Gavet keeps making those 'contested meters'. And I thought bringing on Vete and Lisone
at the same time worked out really well, they looked they were hunting as a pack together.
Good one lads.