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The abysmal Broncos forwards lack fitness

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29th May, 2020
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Thursday night’s game between the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels showed just how out of shape the Broncos’ forwards are.

The mid-season hiatus due to the COVID-19 has not helped the fitness and overall performance of the Brisbane big men.

The Broncos’ forwards did not show a go-forward attitude and looked very flat compared to the Eels.

Even the Eels’ backs showed a more positive attitude and a more aggressive game plan, chewing up the metres and performing to a standard the Broncos team needs to aspire to.

Darius Boyd, in the twilight of his career, showed a better attitude and more class than the forwards.

Darius Boyd of the Broncos.

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Jamil Hopoate and Joe Ofahengaue need some time away from first grade. They need to play for a feeder club to show they have the fitness and go-forward attitude we are all familiar with seeing from the Broncos.

The forwards were abysmal, however the whole team did not look cohesive and lacked the polish a team in the NRL needs to have to be even a chance of not being beaten week in, week out.

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The current team lacks the aura of past teams even though the Broncos are studded with State of Origin and Kangaroos stars.

The Eels need to be congratulated for a top effort. They showed class all over the park and showed the hiatus hasn’t been a problem for them.

They were playing for each other. It is always great to watch a game with a team firing on all cylinders, paving the way for themselves and their fans.

All in all, it was a great start to the NRL after the mid-season hiatus.