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The abysmal Broncos forwards lack fitness

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29th May, 2020

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.


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.