This week was a very different contest compared to previous games for the Brisbane Broncos and not just because they won this week.
Round 6 V Warriors was quite different for the Broncos because they made half the errors of any other game they’ve played in 2018.
This allowed them to also have their highest completion rate of the season (87%), which ultimately helped them upset a previously undefeated New Zealand Warriors outfit.
A few penalties conceded early on in the game certainly had the Broncos on the back-foot and gave the Warriors plenty of possession in the first 15 minutes.
Although despite the Warriors having nine sets to the Broncos four, they only managed to score the one try in that time period.
Matthew Lodge only played 37 minutes, which meant there was a little bit of shuffling to do and the Broncos’ backline really stepped up to help out.
Five of the seven players in the Broncos’ backline made over 100 metres and the team as a whole also managed to clock their highest average for ‘metres per run’ this year (9.94).
On a side note, Jack Bird also stepped up big time in filling in for Kodi Nikorima at halfback – making three line breaks and 29 tackles!
Last week saw the Broncos missing a season-high of 42 tackles V Knights, so defence would have been a focus for the side V Warriors.
With the Warriors ranking 1st for offloads, it was no surprise that this week saw the Broncos record their highest total for ‘ineffective tackles’ (18) in 2018.
Even though this was the case, the Broncos missed tackle rate wasn’t as high as last week and they were solid enough in defence to get the two points.