An Adam Reynolds masterclass led the Broncos to a stunning 38-0 victory over Manly in front of 40,267 fans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The Broncos No.7 made two attempts for Selwyn Cobbo on pinpoint kicks and scored one of his own while Kevin Walters’ men made it four victories at the trot.
Reynolds set the tone for the evening as he cleared Tom Trbojevic with the kick-off to get the ball back for his team and two minutes later he set up Cobbo for the game’s opening attempt.
The Sea Eagles launched their own air strike in the 14th minute as Tom Trbojevic flew high to take down a Kieran Foran bomb and looked certain to score, but Billy Walters’ desperate defense denied the superstar fullback.
Reynolds puts it on a scale for Cobbo
Walters then came alive on the offensive end, firing out of the dummy half and squirming into the in-goal before being hindered by Jake Trbojevic and the ensuing penalty made it 8-0 for Brisbane.
The Broncos appeared to have increased their lead in the 33rd minute when Kurt Capewell prevented, but Tyson Gamble’s pass was sent forward.
Gamble produced a massive play with a one-on-one strip to give Brisbane a late chance for points and Reynolds delivered a magical chip-and-chase attempt to make it 14-0 at the break.
It took Reynolds just five minutes in the second half to give Cobbo another chance with a stunning cross-field kick.
Cobbo completed the first hat-trick of his career when he intercepted a pass from Dylan Walker and ran as far as to take the 26-0 to Brisbane.
Reynolds and Cobbo combine again
Corey Oates then sprang into action as he completed a move with good hands from Reynolds, Te Maire Martin and Herbie Farnworth.
With six minutes to go, Oates put the finishing touches to the win with the 107th attempt of his career thanks to an inside ball from Gamble.
No matter what they tried, the Sea Eagles couldn’t crack the resolute Broncos defense, which has conceded just 33 points in their four-game winning streak.
Injuries to Tom Trbojevic (knee) and Ben Trbojevic (shoulder) compounded Manly’s woes on a night when little went right for Des Hasler’s men.
- The Sea Eagles only got a tackle in the Broncos’ 20-yard zone in the 27th minute.
- The Broncos’ first-half dominance (61 percent possession) was reflected in the stats with three of their forwards running over 100 yards – Payne Haas (102), Corey Jensen (107) and Pat Carrigan (157).
- The last time the Broncos won four games in a row was in 2017 when they tied six together during the bounce between rounds 6-11.
- Lachlan Croker and Jake Trbojevic tried their best to keep Manly in the game with some strong defensive work, making 104 tackles between them.
- Broncos wingers Selwyn Cobbo and Corey Oates combined for five tries and 455 running yards.
Cobbo goes 100m for his third
- Manly bench forward Toafofoa Sipley was placed on report for a dangerous tackle 59 minutes into the game.
- The Sea Eagles have defeated the Broncos at Suncorp just twice in their last nine clashes.
- Five of the Broncos’ forwards scored more than 100 yards, while none of Manly’s forwards managed to reach triple digits.
- Manly defeated Brisbane 50-6 at Suncorp in Magic Round last year.
- The last time Manly was held scoreless was the 2013 qualifying final against the Roosters (4-0).
Oates gets a double
Game of the game
Adam Reynolds sent the crowd at Suncorp Stadium into a frenzy with a chip over the top and rallied in the 37th minute to extend his team’s lead to 14 points. After earning his 10th assist of the season early in the game, Reynolds took full control of the game and put the icing on the cake of a dominant first half with his magical solo try. Proudly watching from the sidelines was the king of the chip and pursued himself, Allan Langer, in his role as Broncos trainer.
Reynolds with the chip, hunt and try
what they said
“The big turning point for us was the attitude to our defense. It’s great to see. Just the attitude and the steel of the players to actually change what happened [last year]† You can talk about things and try to do things, but the real change has to come from within. It takes a lot of energy in defense to do what they do and you have to be fit…for the first time in the history of the club we had two guys [Reynolds and Capewell] from last year’s grand final, join us so they have experience with the big game, they know how to do things and it works out for everyone.” – Broncos coach Kevin Walters
Broncos: Round 10
“We couldn’t hold the ball to start with and when we got it we certainly weren’t at our best. We were kind of the whole shop to be honest so we have some work to do there and there will be this week No doubt work on it, but the most disappointing part and what we need to work on the most is our defense.” – Sea Eagles skipper Daly Cherry-Evans
Sea Eagles: Round 10
The Sea Eagles take on arch-rivals Parramatta in a blockbuster Friday night at CommBank Stadium. Josh Schuster is expected to return from the calf injury that kept him out of the game tonight.
The Broncos head to Newcastle to face the Knights and will be chasing a repeat of their 35-22 win over Adam O’Brien’s men in the final round of 2021.
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