Hate's too strong a word. Don't know the bloke personally. But I have disliked him as a coach ever since his Cronulla days because of his habit of shifting blame. Referees, players, media, administration – everyone has copped it. Watch his press conferences over the years and they'll play like a broken record.
FULL-TIME: Raiders 4 - Broncos 28
Comprehensive in the end for the Broncos. Two very different halves of football but the Broncos managed to win them both. The first was a real arm wrestle without a single penalty given, but Brisbane managed to win the battle for territory and capitalised with a couple of tries to in-form winger Dale Copley.
The second half was a much different affair – scrappy at times, tempers flaring and 11 penalties blown. It was played much more heavily in each side's 20m and it was the Broncos who took their chances.
The Raiders did a lot of things right but they really lack that killer instinct in the opposition's 20m. They got caught on the last tackle on more than one occasion, their short kicking game wasn't all that accurate, and they generally failed to trouble the Broncos' defence despite building up a fair bit of pressure from the 60 minute mark onwards.
Huge games from McGuire and Parker up front for the Broncos, and I thought Hunt and Hoffman controlled the game well on the back of that. Hunt in particular continued his strong form and, as we found out tonight, has been rewarded with a place in the Queensland Origin side for Game 2. Jack Reed should also be singled out for his defensive effort on Jack Wighton tonight – Wighton is dangerous in attack but Reed had his number every time.
FULL TIME: Raiders 4 - Broncos 28