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BRONCOS OVERCOME FINAL HURDLE
The Broncos have overcome their biggest question mark of the 2023 season and now have “all the ingredients” to win a drought-breaking premiership.
That’s according to 10-time NRL grand finalist Cooper Cronk who believes Brisbane have answered those who questioned their ability to win games post-Origin.
The Broncos were sitting fourth after Round 19 last year before losing five of their final six games to inexplicably miss finals.
But it’s a different story this year and after thumping the Rabbitohs on Friday night they’ll finish Round 21 inside the top two.
“Big time premiership contenders this year, they’ve evolved their game, they’ve got all the ingredients,” Cronk said on Fox League
“They’ve got an athletic forward pack that dominates, a smart halfback, electric tryscorers on the edge.
“The only question mark about the Broncos this year is with what happened last year when they fell off a cliff – well they’ve answered that because they got through Origin pretty well and they’ve got two byes in the last five weeks which means they’re going to be fresh and they’ve put one of the better teams to the sword.
“South Sydney, they’ve got issues defensively and need to fix that big time but the talking point is how good Brisbane are at this time of year.
“They keep delivering in the same areas, Payne Haas and Patrick Carrigan are absolute beasts in the middle of a field, Adam Reynolds is the smartest player we have in our competition and the fact that Kotoni Staggs, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo and the like can just break tackles, score tries and just finish off plays the halfback sets up.
“They just have a very good balance and are a great defensive team and that’s all the premiership ingredients you need.”
Reynolds scored the final try on Friday night against his former club which prompted Mick Ennis to call him one of Brisbane’s greatest signings.
“If there was one man coming here tonight that would have loved a moment like that, there’d be none more than the former South Sydney halfback, Adam Reynolds, doesn’t he enjoy it,” Enns
“Gee it’s been a great signing from Brisbane, it will go down as one of the best signings, particularly from outside their catchment. He has delivered so much for these young Broncos players that were in a real hole before he arrived.
“The experience of Reynolds, Kurt Capewell as well, they’ve done an incredible job with Brisbane.
“Given the incredible collapse last year, the maturity they’re showing now, the lessons learned and how tough they’ve played tonight against one of the other heavyweights, it’s been brilliant.”
Former Broncos coach Anthony Griffin added: “That’s why they brought him here to teach them how to win at the back end of the year to get to the playoffs. He’s been great in defence all night, regardless of what he’s done in attack he’s led from the front with his defensive game on that right edge.”