Adam Reynolds has channelled Allan Langer as Brisbane turned again the clock with a historic 38-0 thrashing of Manly.
Precisely one yr in the past Reynolds arrived in Brisbane for the NRL’s Magic Spherical with South Sydney, nearly miserably explaining why he had chosen the long-term safety of the Broncos over a one-year extension at his childhood membership.
On Friday any distress was a distant reminiscence, the captain as delighted because the 40,267-strong Magic Spherical crowd as he orchestrated a romp that included a Selwyn Cobbo hat-trick.
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Corey Oates additionally scored twice within the Broncos’ fourth-straight win, one thing that is alluded them since 2017, and confirms Kevin Walters’ bettering facet’s place within the prime eight.
Victory follows wins over top-four facet Cronulla and final yr’s finalists Souths, with a top-four place now of their sights forward of video games in opposition to Newcastle (thirteenth), Gold Coast (fifteenth) and Canberra (twelfth).
It additionally got here a yr after the Broncos’ greatest ever loss to Manly, the 50-6 drubbing a marker of how far the 2020 wood spooners have come.
“The nil scoreline was really pleasing and I think that’s the best start to a game I’ve had here,” Walters stated.
“We hadn’t been able to finish our sets off the way we would have like to over the last few years.
“He (Reynolds) is likely one of the finest kickers within the sport and that is actually helped us with our defence and also you see his affect in the place we flip the ball over.”
Prized recruit Reynolds was in the heart of everything, twice putting in pinpoint cross-field kicks for Cobbo, while the 19-year-old winger also reeled in an intercept and raced 95 metres for his third try.
The halfback also looked after himself, collecting his own Langer-like short chip and scooting over to cap a brilliant first half.
The writing was on the wall from the kick-off for Manly, who allowed the ball to bounce 15 metres over the dead ball line.
Brisbane collected the short re-start and Reynolds obliged when Reuben Garrick strayed off his wing, kicking for Cobbo’s first.
Possession swung heavily in Brisbane’s favour but their improved defence was up to task when necessary, Billy Walters somehow holding out Tom Trbojevic after he had caught a bomb and landed on the tryline.
Manly’s attack was otherwise clunky, Trbojevic managing soreness in his well-strapped knee. Brother Ben suffered a shoulder injury but Manly coach Des Hasler insisted there were no lingering symptoms for his fullback.
“He (Tom Trbojevic) is getting again and he is clearly nonetheless not fairly there,” Hasler stated.
“He will not use that as an excuse, we have been simply off tonight.
“He hasn’t (aggravated his injury) at all. I can categorically say he is OK.”
Oates’ second strive, slicing again by some tender defence, sealed Brisbane’s biggest-ever win over the Sea Eagles.
However with two Kurt Capewell’s efforts denied on overview, the second a line-ball ahead move, the harm might have been worse.
Brisbane’s forwards have been additionally dominant, with Pat Carrigan (156m) certainly one of 5 Brisbane forwards with 100-plus run metres.