Right: Early Energy
The first 20 minutes of the game were certainly closely contested and Brisbane seemed to be the team ‘chancing their arm’ more than the Dragons.
Corey Oates in particular crossed the white stripe early, although the initial pass from Boyd was deemed to be forward.
Matt Gillett was another Bronco who almost made something out of nothing early on, with a dangerous little chip kick that had the Dragons scrambling in their defensive end.
Brisbane did seem to go out with some great intent, despite eventually being led 10-2 at the half-time break.
Wrong: No Ball
The Dragons’ ability to control the ball really made this contest very tough on the Broncos.
St.George certainly made a conscious effort to completely starve Brisbane of the ball and succeeded, as Brisbane only finished with 40% possession in total at the end of the 80 minutes.
Right: Resurgent Roberts
The game seemed to be slipping ever so slowly out of the hands of the Broncos, but Jimmy ‘The Jet’ Roberts didn’t want to give up without a fight.
Roberts scored just five minutes after the break and then again in the 64th minute – making it just a 12 point game.
Unfortunately for him and the Broncos, the Dragons’ Jack De Belin put the result beyond doubt with his late try in the 72nd minute to completely shut them out.
Wrong: Compete and Complete
Not only did the Broncos struggle to get possession of the ball, they also struggled to keep their hands on it at times.
Only 21/33 (64%) of their sets were completed, which is quite low for the Broncos who usually float around 80-90% for their completed sets.
Dropped ball and wayward passes surely took a huge toll on them in this season-opening game.