The pre-game hype about tyro forwards Payne Haas and David Fifita proved justified but a leg injury to new recruit Andre Savelio marred the Brisbane Broncos’ 16-6 trial win over CQ Capras in Theodore on Saturday night.
Haas created havoc with his size and mobility at prop, and a smart offload by the 18-year-old man mountain eventually led to the opening try by speedy winger Corey Allen.
Just before quarter-time second-rower Savelio, recruited from Warrington, was assisted from the field after appearing to injure his knee while being tackled.
Haas had some rough edges but in his first senior game for Brisbane, he showed why there is so much hype surrounding him.
His former Keebra Park High schoolboy teammate David Fifita, just 17, also showed glimpses of his immense talent with his mobility and offloading ability a highlight.
In the second half Fifita’s right-handed drop-off was spilled but he had the presence of mind to double around to pick up the crumbs and race under the sticks to score.
Fifita’s speed and game awareness was mightily impressive for his age as he announced himself as an edge back-rower of class.
Big Tom Flegler, another 18 year-old prop, made a series of robust rampages to suggest the Broncos have a nice selection of future star forwards to blood in the NRL if they can hang on to them.
Allen’s pace out wide was another feature for Brisbane, as was the composure of hooker Jack Turpin and the uncompromising charges of lock Patrick Mago against a willing and brave Capras side.