Michael Ennis and Corey Parker described the Broncos’ 60-12 rout of the Storm as embarrassing and one of the worst defeats in the club’s history.
The Broncos came into the game looking to test themselves against the best and after dropping 10 tries to a tough Storm outfit, they found the answer, Parker said.
“The Broncos look at content like a football side,” Parker said.
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“Back in round 19 against the Eels, they beat Parramatta 36-14. Since then, to be honest, they thought they were doing a lot better than they were.
They played the Tigers a week later and beat them 32-18. They outplayed the Roosters, which they outscored 34-16. They played the Cavaliers, who while they beat Brisbane, were far below a terrible Cavaliers outfit.
They came to Suncorp Stadium in front of 45,000 fans against the Storm, a true top four team, and this was their litmus test.
“They want to have a good understanding of where they are as a football side. They just get it.
“60 points to 12. Shame. Up there with one of the biggest losses in the club’s history.
“The harsh, harsh reality is look at where the football side is at.
“In my opinion, I was worried that they were either complacent or complacent with where they fell from that Parramatta game and thought they were going a hell of a lot better than they were as a football team.
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“41 missed tackles tonight. They’ve averaged over 40 missed tackles a game since that Parramatta game.”
“We heard from Kevvy Walters and Adam Reynolds, we’ll get a signal next week. Well tonight they had a good chance to get a signal against the Hurricanes.
“There might not be a week after next week. It might be curtains for the Broncos.
The Broncos are now in danger of missing the playoffs altogether and Ennis believes it is a huge blow to a team that has made huge strides in 2022.
“It would be a terrible blow for them to fall out of the finals,” Ennis said.
“Next week is a big game for them against Parramatta.
“It’s a shameful night for the club. There is no question. It was a great disaster for them.
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“Tonight was a great opportunity for them to really show their steel.
“To be honest, I don’t think their bench is going to cut it tonight. Ryan James had no impact.
“Kurt Capewell could be out now with an ankle injury, so things don’t look good for Brisbane.
“It was a big night for Brisbane because I feel they need a finals to go through the finals series and I think they may have missed it tonight.
“I can’t see Brisbane challenging for big goals at the end of the year. They’re not there yet.”
Broncos coach Kevin Walters admitted his side had been taught a good old-fashioned lesson by the Storm.
“I think it was a good lesson for our teams on how to play rugby league,” Walters said.
“A lot of things didn’t go our way in the first half but in the second half we just didn’t have the strength to get ourselves back into the game, a brilliant performance from the Storm and not good from us.”
Walters believes his team will earn it next week against the Eels.
“We’ll find out next week,” Walters said.
“I expect a good response from our boys. The results surprised me because I knew the kids were working hard.
“The way they played their footy, we just didn’t have the resilience to stop the Storm tonight.
“We just missed too many tackles. That’s more of an individual thing than a group thing.
“We had 40 missed tackles. You can’t win footy when that happens. Disappointing.
Broncos boss Adam Reynolds urged his team to look ahead and not dwell on the big loss.
“You just have to look forward and use that disappointment as motivation going forward,” Reynolds said.
“It’s always a bad feeling when you’re sitting in the changing rooms and you know you haven’t done your job or the results aren’t going.
“We can bounce back. We have two weeks left in this tournament. They have to win games and when that happens you have to perform.”
“It will be interesting to see how we respond and I’m sure.
“Next week will tell. I know I’m definitely hungry to turn things around and get the season back on track.”