The Broncos won the South East Queensland derby 16-12 against the Titans on Saturday night.
Boiver looked to be boiling over as the Titans led 12-10 after 50 minutes but another superb performance from Adam Reynolds saw Brisbane home.
The win saw Reynolds become the eighth NRL player to score 2000 points and move Brisbane up to fifth in the standings.
The Broncos won despite resting all of their starting stars, with Patrick Carrigan, Corey Oates, Kurt Capewell and Selwyn Cobo all given the weekend.
The Gold Titans stunned the high-flying Broncos with tries in each of the opening half, but Reynolds’ try in the 54th minute proved to be the difference.
“We talked about wanting to push for that top four. “It’s nice to be able to get results without our players and now we can focus on the rest of the year,” Reynolds said on Fox League.
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The Titans started with plenty of interest at home but Brisbane’s defense was equal to the challenge.
Broncos young gun Ezra Mamm came close to scoring in the 10th minute but was unable to clear the ball.
It took almost half an hour but the first try arrived, Toby Sexton scoring with his halves partner Tanah Boyd.
Brisbane were rewarded with a beautiful header from winger Delouise Hotter who finished in the corner from Reynolds.
After some pushing and shoving, tempers flared at the half-time siren but no punches were thrown.
In the opening 10 minutes of the second half, the two teams exchanged goals, with Jamin Jolliffe and Jordan Pereira scoring both goals.
But Reynolds put his side on the line after backing him well to score from under the post to collect an offload from Tyson Gamble.
The Titans had chances to steal it at the time of his death but were unable to land the fatal blow.
“Boy were they made to work tonight,” Dan Ginnane said on Fox League.
Here are three key talking points from the game.
Titans coach Justin Holbrook was dealing with his job on Monday after his side were humiliated by the Broncos.
It may have been their seventh straight loss but Holbrook’s men showed a lot in the narrow defeat.
There was a lot to like about the players and the performance, not just the performance,” Holbrook said.
The club sacked a number of Holbrook’s support staff this week but Corey Parker believes the manager’s job is secure.
“I think he’s going to get the job,” Corey Packer said on Fox League.
“The way things are going at Gold Coast, they’re moving some of the deckchairs around which suggests to me they’re going to stick with Holbrook but try and strengthen where they feel they’re lacking.
“The Titans—they were terrible, they really were. They tried so hard defensively, the sad thing about rugby league is that they didn’t get the award.
“From Holbrook’s perspective, some of the youth and hustle that they did, I think it worked tonight, even if they didn’t get the positives that would take the win out of it. It’s a result-based business and he didn’t deliver this year, but I think they’ll catch him this year and reassess.
Cooper Cronk said last year’s playoff Titans will play a key role in helping Holbrook continue his career.
“I think they have enough running backs on the board. What they did last year will help a lot. To me, the biggest improvement for the Titans is they have to get smart decision makers in key positions to know when to make the right call. The right time,” Holbrook said.
“A lot of times this year they’ve conceded a lot of points and made bad decisions that cost them.
“Tino – the management – was there at the start, he saw Cheri-Evans and Ben Hunt doing these things and learned over time.
“Holbrook has a lot of history as a coach. I think the biggest thing is to get back to the finals next year, they can make the right calls in training where they make decisions under pressure,” he said.
Young and old half fire
Adam Reynolds became the eighth NRL player to score 2000 points.
Reynolds led his side to victory without five of his State of Origin stars and the 32-year-old praised the young guns in the squad for stepping up.
“They have been key to our success this season,” Reynolds said.
“Preparation during the week helps you at the weekend and not only the last two weeks but they’ve been good from round one.
“(Ezra Mam) has been a standout in preseason, he learns on the run and is a very comfortable player for us.”
The Broncos are just two wins away from making the playoffs, but Reynolds said the goal is giving them a double chance in September.
“We talked about wanting to push for that top four and we spent the last couple of weeks giving our guys, the guys who played Origin, a break,” he said.
“So it’s nice to be able to get results in the team without them and now we can focus on the half of the year and push for the top four.”
BRONCOS FINAL ON CUSPS
The Broncos have 11 wins this year, more than the last two seasons combined.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for a club that won their only wooden spoon before appointing Kevin Walters as manager in 2020.
The club appointed Walters – who won five premierships at Brisbane – after heavy pressure from a host of Broncos old men.
Walters had to train himself at lower levels for nearly 20 years and silenced his critics in his second NRL season.
Benji Marshall said: “Kurt Capewell has spoken on many occasions about how important the signing of Adam Reynolds was, but Kevvy deserves a lot of credit. He said on Fox League.
“To change from what they were doing last year to where they are now. On the brink of being a lock for the semi-finals – that’s a huge achievement and Kevvi, as a coach, deserves a lot of credit for it.
“I’ve heard Adam Reynolds say that Kevvy was a big influence on why he went to Brisbane, so he’s a big part of it all.
“We appreciate all the players, but I think the coach deserves a lot of credit for this as well.”
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