A young and inexperienced NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos outfit dug deep to deliver a 16-6 win over the CQ Capras in Theodore tonight.
Corey Allan bagged a double and David Fifita the other try as the “baby Broncos” turned on a gutsy defensive effort in the opening trial of the 2018 season.
A knee injury to English import Andre Savelio in the 14th minute was the only negative. The former Warrington backrower will undergo scans on his return to Brisbane to determine the severity of the injury suffered when he was caught in a tackle.
But there were plenty of positives to come out of the opening trial of the season, with a number of young players standing up including Payne Hass, David Fifita, Gehamat Shibasaki and Tom Flegler.
Broncos NRL Skills Coach Kurt Richards, who was coach for the trial, said he was impressed by the young Broncos’ commitment in defence.
“It was a pretty scrappy game but they dug deep in defence and turned up for each other time after time – the Capras didn’t break our line and only scored their one try from a kick, so I’m really happy with our defensive effort, said Richards.
“A lot of our young boys stood up tonight and played well. They have been training for months, so they would have taken a lot out of turning up and playing like they did tonight.”
Centre Tom Opacic also left the field with hamstring tightness, but it was only precautionary.
The Broncos‘ next trial is against the Gold Coast Titans in Toowoomba next Saturday night.
Brisbane Broncos 16 (Corey Allan 2, David Fifita tries; Jamayne Issako 2 goals) def. CQ Capras 6 (Nathan Bassani try; Connor Broadhurst 1 goal) at Theodore Showgrounds. Half-time: 6-all.