Losing Darren Lockyer at the end of last season had some people thinking the Brisbane Broncos were dead. Their king was gone and many believed they wouldn’t be the same. Friday night the baby Broncos became men and put Lockyer’s memory forever in the past.
If playing post-Lockyer was tough enough, playing post-Lockyer with the man himself sitting on the sidelines for Channel 9 only metres away is even tougher.
The Broncos had done enough in the early weeks of the competition to suggest they were going to be good. The burden of Lockyer’s legend seemed to be keeping them down. Their first half blitzkrieg tonight broke the shackles.
In their heritage strip playing against arch rivals St George Illawarra, the young Brisbane superstars seemed to be on a mission to pave their own history. To begin a new path that only they could create.
The Dragons may have scored four late tries and get within eight points of the home side, but Brisbane’s first half performance was the most impressive of the season so far from any side.
The National Rugby League is so close in 2012 that putting a team to the sword completely and racking up a giant score is almost impossible. The competition is that close. But a first half performance like that is almost two points in the bag.
The Broncos franchise is an Australian sporting phenomenon. They continue to re-create themselves. Continually moving and shifting and entertaining. All the while filling Suncorp Stadium week after week.
It wasn’t Kerrod Walters tonight wreaking havoc from dummy half. It was Andrew McCullough.
It wasn’t Lockyer or Kevin Walters propping and showing the ball from five-eight. It was Corey Norman.
Glenn Lazarus wasn’t the one out there taking the team forward. It was Ben Hannant.
With Lockyer close and trainer Allan Langer even closer, the young Broncos showed through their performance that this was their time, their club and their future.
You cant take anything away from the Dragons who tried their guts out. The Broncos were simply something else tonight in that first stanza.
On the same night in Melbourne, the Storm continued on their merry way with another electrifying performance against the Newcastle Knights.
Mark round twelve in your diaries when Melbourne host the Broncos. The two most exciting and well rounded teams in the NRL.
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