A masterclass from Adam Reynolds led the Broncos to a stunning 38-0 win over Manly in front of 40,267 fans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The Broncos’ No. 7 netted two tries for Selwyn Cobbo with accurate kicks and scored one of his own as Kevin Walters’ men secured four straight wins.
Reynolds set the tone for the night when he fired in Tom Trbojevic at kick-off to collect the ball for his side and two minutes later set up Cobbo for the game’s opener.
The Sea Eagles launched their own air raid in the 14th minute when Tom Trbojevic flew high to knock down a bomb from Kieran Foran and looked certain to score, but Billy Walters’ desperate defense denied the superstar full-back.
Reynolds puts it on a plate for Cobbo
Walters then came to life in the attacking part, darting out of the dummy half and rushing into the in-goal before being hindered by Jake Trbojevic and the ensuing penalty made Brisbane 8-0.
The Broncos appeared to have extended their lead in the 33rd minute when Kurt Capewell crossed, but Tyson Gamble’s pass was ruled forward.
Gamble produced a huge play with a one-on-one strip to give Brisbane a late chance to score and Reynolds delivered with a magical chip-and-chase attempt to make it 14-0 at the pause.
It took just five minutes for Reynolds in the second half to plateau another try for Cobbo with a magnificent cross kick.
Cobbo scored the first hat trick of his career when he hopped on an interception and ran the full length to make it 26-0 at Brisbane.
Reynolds and Cobbo combine again
Corey Oates then got in on the action when he completed a move that featured good hands from Reynolds, Te Maire Martin and Herbie Farnworth.
With six minutes remaining, Oates put the finishing touches to victory with the 107th try of his career thanks to an inside ball from Gamble.
Despite their best efforts, the Sea Eagles couldn’t break through the resolute Broncos defense which conceded just 33 points during their four-game winning streak.
Injuries to Tom Trbojevic (knee) and Ben Trbojevic (shoulder) compounded Manly’s woes on a night where very little went right for Des Hasler’s men.
- The Sea Eagles didn’t get a tackle in the Broncos’ 20-yard box until the 27th minute.
- The Broncos’ dominance in the first half (61% possession) was reflected in the stats with three of their forwards going over 100 yards – Payne Haas (102), Corey Jensen (107) and Pat Carrigan (157) .
- The last time the Broncos won four in a row was in 2017, when they went six on the rebound between Rounds 6-11.
- Lachlan Croker and Jake Trbojevic did their best to keep Manly in the game with mighty defensive work, making 104 tackles between them.
- Broncos wingers Selwyn Cobbo and Corey Oates combined for five tries and 455 running yards.
Cobbo runs 100m for his third
- Manly bench striker Toafofoa Sipley was blamed for a dangerous tackle in the 59th minute.
- The Sea Eagles have beaten the Broncos at Suncorp only twice in their last nine meetings.
- Five of the Broncos forwards went beyond 100 yards while none of the Manly forwards could reach the triple.
- Manly beat Brisbane 50-6 at Suncorp in the Magic Round last year.
- The last time Manly was held scoreless was in the 2013 qualifying final against the Roosters (4-0).
Oates gets a double
Game of the game
Adam Reynolds sent the Suncorp Stadium crowd into a frenzy with a chip overhead and came back in the 37th minute to extend his side’s lead to 14 points. After racking up his 10th assist of the season early in the game, Reynolds took full control of the contest and put the icing on a dominant first half with his magical solo try. Watching proudly from the sideline was chip and chase king Allan Langer in his role as Broncos coach.
Reynolds with the chip, hunt and try
what they said
“The big turnaround for us was the attitude towards our defence. It’s great to see. Just the attitude and the steel of the players to actually change what was happening. [last year]. You can talk about things and try to do things, but real change has to come from within. You need a lot of energy in defense to do what they do and you have to be in good shape… for the first time in the history of the club we had two guys [Reynolds and Capewell] from the previous year’s Grand Final, join us so they get some experience of the big game, know how to do things and let it rub off on everyone.” – Broncos coach Kevin Walters
Broncos: Round 10
“We couldn’t hold the ball to start with and then when we got it we certainly weren’t at our best. We were kind of all over the store to be fair so we’ve got a bit of work to do. there. and that will undoubtedly be worked on this week, but the most disappointing part and one that we need to work on the most is our defense.” – Sea Eagles skipper Daly Cherry-Evans
Sea eagles: round 10
The Sea Eagles take on rivals Parramatta in a Friday night blockbuster at CommBank Stadium. Josh Schuster is expected to return from the calf injury that sidelined him tonight’s game.
The Broncos travel to Newcastle to take on the Knights and will look to repeat their 35-22 triumph over Adam O’Brien’s men in the final round of 2021.