Broncos prove there is life after Lockyer

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    The Brisbane Broncos produced a substantial second-half performance to come from behind and defeat Parramatta 18-6 in atrocious conditions at Parramatta stadium last night. If this is an indication of life after Darren Lockyer, Broncos fans would be happy with what they saw.

    Conversely, the Eels came into the 2012 NRL season with new recruit Chris Sandow, hoping to solve their long-running halfback woes and put a forgettable 2011 campaign behind them

    Parramatta began with a try less than 10 minutes into the first half, when former Souths halfback Sandow kicked the ball deep near the Broncos in-goal area, and capitalised on an error by Gerard Beale.

    Brisbane’s first half was littered with handling errors, and the Broncos failed to make the most of their attacking opportunities.

    The Eels in turn failed to capitalise, only leading by six points at the break.

    The tide turned completely in the second stanza, the Broncos looking like a different team.

    A well executed set play involving Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges allowed Yow Yeh to get across the line. Corey Parker tied up the scores with a side-line conversion.

    The match then turned firmly in Brisbane’s favour when Peter Wallace put a grubber through from inside the Eels’ 10 metre line which took a deflection from an Eels player, resulting in the former New South Wales halfback regathering his kick for an easy try.

    The result was put beyond doubt when the Broncos scored their third try of the half, when Andrew McCullough put Ben Hannant through a hole, confirming the Broncos first win of the 2012 NRL season.

    The Brisbane side can take a great deal of confidence out of the result, their first win in the post-Lockyer era.

    The Eels, however, need to get a win on the board against the Warriors next weekend, and find the attacking potency that they lacked against Brisbane. They failed to score in the final 76 minutes of the match. The attacking potency is there for Stephen Kearney’s men, they just need to gel as an attacking unit.

    Corey Norman made an impressive contribution in the place of Lockyer and will look to improve as a player, taking his form into the Broncos’ next game against the North Queensland Cowboys next Friday night.

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    The Crowd Says (18)

    • March 3rd 2012 @ 7:50am
      Sportfreak said | March 3rd 2012 @ 7:50am | ! Report

      Are we comfortable with a crowd of 11000?

      • March 3rd 2012 @ 8:05am
        NFS said | March 3rd 2012 @ 8:05am | ! Report

        It was a very wet night. When it is dry im sure they’d get more

      • March 3rd 2012 @ 8:21am
        Crosscoder said | March 3rd 2012 @ 8:21am | ! Report

        No 18,000 would have been nice,yet the area was not comfortable with flooding everywhere,with live Tv coverage,incessant rain,and the end areas having no cover.I am surprised they got over 10,000.
        Would you attend if your house was under flood alert,or take your family out in those conditions, when you can see it in the comfort of your home?
        Incessant rain affects crowds in sydney for all codes.

      • March 3rd 2012 @ 8:29am
        Patrick Angel said | March 3rd 2012 @ 8:29am | ! Report

        I live in Parramatta near the river and it had busted its banks. You literally couldn’t walk next to the river. Normally on a Saturday night the entire strip of restaurants is full to the brim, but there was no one there.

    • March 3rd 2012 @ 8:10am
      yewonk said | March 3rd 2012 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      obviously parramatta made no effort with getting a sellout.

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      March 3rd 2012 @ 8:15am
      Broncos Hilevuo said | March 3rd 2012 @ 8:15am | ! Report

      The way the Eels played in that second half & the inability to take advantage of the Broncos lack of ball control throughout the first half the Eels didn’t really deserve a sellout.

    • March 3rd 2012 @ 8:26am
      James said | March 3rd 2012 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      They banned junior passes earlier in the week so I’d say they were heading for a sellout before the rain shifted.

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    • March 3rd 2012 @ 8:26am
      James said | March 3rd 2012 @ 8:26am | ! Report

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    • March 3rd 2012 @ 8:32am
      Patrick Angel said | March 3rd 2012 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      The set play the Broncos did for that try to Yow Yea was pretty solid, but I can’t help but think that it should have been shut down when Thaiday had the ball. There really wasn’t much commitment to halt it early, as they saw there was a backline and sort of waited to see what would happen.

      Good performance from the Broncs, and the first half goal line defence from Parra was solid.

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