The Broncos beat the Cavaliers 28-10 on the back of outstanding displays from Temer Martin and Ezra Mam and Selwyn Kobo.
With Martin back from injury, the Broncos have created attacking opportunities and Cobo has been blowing away the Cavaliers’ edge with a brilliant three-try performance.
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Cobo opened the scoring in the corner after great leading work from Adam Reynolds and Martin.
Corey Oates crossed the opposite corner for his 19th try of the season after a dubious pass from Delouise Hotter was cleared at the end.
Mumm and Martin combined for one of the longest touchdowns of the season to give the Broncos an 18-0 lead.
Daniel Seifiti gave the Knights a chance to make a late comeback and went close.
Bradman best cut the deficit to eight points and set up a grand finale.
However, Cobo missed the comeback after securing the victory to seal a crucial win for the Broncos.
Reynolds put the ball on Dime and Cobo got a hat-trick for him to score in the corner.
Here are the key takeaways from the match.
Martin proved a missing link for the Broncos
Te Maire Martin returned to action for the first time since round 16 and gave the Broncos what they had been missing in impressive form.
Martin is a five-eighth fullback whose playmaking ability adds another dimension to the Broncos’ offense.
Corey Parker believes Martin’s inclusion has made the Broncos look more cohesive in attack and has taken the pressure off the halves and allowed them to play their game.
“They look similar to Martin’s back,” Parker said.
“He’s got great little hands. He’s not your traditional fullback in terms of getting a lot of running yards, but he had two tackles in the first half.
Just being able to play the ball took a lot of pressure off the halves and Kobo and Mam benefited from that.
Michael Ennis credits Martin for pulling the Broncos out of the game in light of their onslaught in their two-game losing streak.
“What a game from Te Meyer Martin,” Ennis said.
“After he came out of the round of 16, he came to the side and made a change with his composure and control.
It ignited the Brisbane attack.
The tower lights up as Reynolds Broncos win
The Broncos were not at their best but Brisbane took the game by the scruff of the neck at key moments as Ezra Mumm’s impressive running game proved the perfect foil for Adam Reynolds’ organisation.
As long as the Broncos get their defense in order, they can generate more than enough points to make a deep run in the finals with Mam and Reynolds steering the ship and Selwyn Cobo at cornerback.
Cooper Cronk said the Broncos weren’t dominant against the Cavaliers, but Reynolds and Mam were able to win scoring chances.
“The Broncos put it in second gear,” Cronk said.
“They had the tools to open up the game at any level, with some crafty moves from the likes of Adam Reynolds to sell the dummy for Oates’ try.
“That was the Ezra Ma’s try in the first half.
He scored with five minutes left to set up the rest of the game for the Broncos.
Michael Ennis has been amazed at how young he has been in the game and has a long career ahead of him.
“Mama was electric,” Ennis said.
“19 years old. Boy, he’s not a fun machine.
“The Broncos have now leapfrogged the Eels into sixth and have a healthy points lead over them.”
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The brutal attack of the knights goes from bad to worse
The Cavaliers had enough possession and field space to easily beat the Broncos, but a combination of decent defense and a sloppy attack gave them no chance at Suncorp Stadium.
Cooper Cronk lamented that the Cavaliers dominated possession in the first half but were unable to score any goals.
“The first half was weird because statistically the Cavaliers were the better team,” Cronk said.
They had a lot of possession and possession but didn’t seem to be trying to be honest.
“Their centers Bradman Best and Dane Gagai were under a lot of pressure.
“For the Cavaliers, they drafted Dane Gagan on the right wing.
“The knights don’t seem to be firing a shot.
“You never engage that Brisbane defensive line when you go down the other end.”
Corey Parker paced the Cavaliers’ formidable offense, which was unable to put the Broncos under any consistent scoreboard pressure.
“The Cavaliers fumbled 25 times inside the Broncos’ 20,” Parker said.
“The only time they were able to create any pressure was by blowing off a couple of turnovers.
“They were terrible in their attack on the knights.
“The knights are of all kinds these days.”
Michael Ennis is at a loss as to why the Cavaliers can’t be more competitive with the roster they have. In 2022
You just look at the Newcastle squad and you see the safety brothers Dane Gagai and Tyson Frizzell have been absolute weapons and great leaders at various levels throughout their careers and I find it hard to imagine Newcastle sitting where they are this year. With the list they’ve got,” Ennis said.
Brisbane Broncos host Newcastle Knights in a clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Te Maire Martin returns to the Broncos at fullback while Deloise Hotter replaces Bronco Lee in the middle after a hamstring injury.
Ryan James starts at lock, with Kobe Hetherington moving to the bench.
The Cavaliers lost David Klemmer to injury, joined by safety Jacob Safiti and Sauso Su on the bench.
Adam Clune returns to the No. 7 jumper with Jake Clifford out with a broken arm.
The seventh-placed Broncos will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat to keep their slim top-four hopes alive, while the Cavaliers are playing with pride as they seek their second straight win.
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