Five things we learned from wigan v broncos

Five things we learned from wigan v broncos Written by PHIL WILKINSON, February 21, 2016

THE Broncos were much too good for Wigan running out 42-12 win. Here are the five things RLW learned:

1. This weekend has certainly been enjoyable for the Nikorima family. After Jayden had a field day against St Helens on the opening night, brother Kodi stole the show against Wigan with a dazzling display at halfback. He scored a try in each half and was involved in many of the Broncos’ five other touchdowns.

2. While James Roberts never got the chance to show what he can do, Englishman Greg Eden did enough to suggest he will start on the wing in round one. The former Huddersfield back never cracked the Broncos’ first-grade side last year but he was strong on the right flank, scoring an 80m try.

3. Last year, Wigan pushed Brisbane into golden-point… but this was a completely different story. On a freshly-laid pitch, the Broncos ruthlessly punished the home side’s errors with their quick-thinking and quicker feet. “They burned us – they had too many big athletes – and we couldn’t handle it,” admitted defeated coach Shaun Wane.

4. If Wayne Bennett had an eye on his new role as England coach, there were seven players in the opposition’s starting line-up who have played for the Test side. Captain Sean O’Loughlin and John Bateman showed flashes of their quality, and centre Dan Sarginson muscled over for a try. Sadly, rake Micky McIlorum was stretchered off the pitch in the 15th minute after a sickening ankle break as he tackled Anthony Milford.

5. Despite the landslide result, Bennett remains a fan of the three-game World Club Series format, and wants Brisbane to stage a game at Suncorp. He reckons a crowd of 40,000 – double the attendance at the DW Stadium – would turn up to watch a home game against Wigan in pre-season. “It’s better than playing a trial,” he said. Super League chiefs will now be pinning their hopes on Leeds avoiding a second consecutive clean-sweep. They face North Queensland Cowboys at Headingley for the World Club Challenge trophy. If the score is 6-0 after two years, it will inevitably raise questions about the concept’s future.

Brisbane 42 (K.Nikorima 2, C.Oates 2, M.Gillett, J.Wallace, G.Eden tries; C.Parker 6, J.Kahu goals) beat Wigan 12 (D.Sarginson, G.Williams tries; M.Smith, S.Powell goals).

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