Brisbane are heading in direction of their first NRL finals collection in three years after overcoming Newcastle 28-10 at Suncorp Stadium.
Broncos captain Adam Reynolds stamped his authority within the slippery circumstances to orchestrate 4 of his aspect’s 5 tries – together with a Selwyn Cobbo hat-trick – for the dogged victory.
Regardless of returning to the winners’ circle, coach Kevin Walters might be sad with a disappointing second half on Saturday night time when the Knights stormed again into the competition after trailing 18-Zero at halftime.
Up by eight with 10 minutes left, it took some Reynolds’ magic to ease the 25,742-strong house crowd’s nerves by organising Cobbo’s final two tries in the best nook.
The win just about locks in a finals berth for Brisbane – their first since 2019 after two painful seasons within the cellar – as they now sit three wins clear and a major for-and-against benefit over ninth-placed Canberra.
It additionally ended a two-game rut following flat losses to Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters which had put their top-four hopes on ice.
However their kind might want to enhance if they’re to make an affect in September.
“We’re clearly not pleased with the second half however happy with the victory after the final two weeks,” Reynolds advised Fox League.
“It was a step in the best path.”
Drizzle in Brisbane made the ball like a cake of cleaning soap, with either side usually coughing up possession.
With out injured large weapons David Klemmer and Kalyn Ponga, the Knights muscled up and truly had the higher of the territorial battle within the first half however they have been discovered wanting out vast the place the Broncos reduce free.
Newcastle breathed life into the competition when stand-in skipper Jayden Brailey, in his 100th sport, cleverly put a barging Daniel Saifiti over halfway by way of the second half.
When Bradman Finest swivelled over with 13 minutes left, the guests had the momentum however Reynolds stepped as much as mix with Kotoni Staggs for Cobbo to cross.
Three minutes later an inch good cross-kick gave the Maroons winger his third.
Whereas Reynolds dominated, it was rising five-eighth Ezra Mam who had the house followers roaring loudest by beginning and ending a blazing 75m break simply earlier than halftime for the 18-point lead.
Brisbane prop Tom Flegler was positioned on report for an unintended excessive collision with Anthony Milford which compelled the Knights playmaker off briefly for a HIA.