Brisbane's win over Canberra a Broncos point of pride
PERSONAL pride was behind Brisbane's 26-18 win over Canberra that has put the Broncos back in favour with punters following three straight losses.
A hat-trick to fullback Darius Boyd, his first since 2008, was the catalyst for the win.
But the drive was provided by the club's senior players including skipper Corey Parker who felt they needed to step up.
Parker, Sam Thaiday, Adam Blair, and Matt Gillett led the way against a Canberra side which coach Ricky Stuart admitted had failed to click after some minor tinkering to it his attack leading into the clash.
Had Canberra been able to breach Brisbane line a few times in the opening 15 minutes it may have been a different result but the Broncos players to a man dug in and defended gamely.
Parker in particular took it upon himself to lead from the front, which he does every week, but there was something extra in his runs that sent a message to his team-mates.
"You take it personally when things aren't quite going well," said Parker who experienced a funny moment fending off his own team-mate Anthony Milford on the way to a second half try in the win.
"I know the senior players spoke about it but I thought everyone across the board was great and we needed to be becaue they are a pretty handy since Canberra who've been playing some pretty hot football.
"But for us it was just important that we got out there and showed each other that we were out there to play footy for each other and we got the job done."
Brisbane though paid a price for the win however with Jordan Kahu (chest ligament) and Alex Glenn (shoulder) both looking at up to a week on the sidelines.
"Worst case scenario they'll both miss a couple of weeks to a month but we've got a couple of byes in there so it's not too bad," said Bennett who was happy enough with the win.
"Forwards and edge forwards we have got them covered but losing outside backs puts a bit more pressure on," added Bennett who has left centre Jack Reed (shoulder) out indefinitely at this stage until he has scans and exploratory surgery.
Brisbane weren't great in the opening 5 minutes but their defence was good enough to deny Canberra as they attack their line a number of times.
"I liked that we had a plan and we stayed true to it," said Bennett.
"In the end it got us the result. You can talk about it, you dream about it, but at the end of the day you have to do it.
"Our ball control tonight was 90 per cent. In New Zealand last week it was 50 percent. It's a very relevant thing in the game right now, holding the footy, backing it up with a big of D (defence) and giving yourself a chance to score points.
Canberra had opportunities to put some scoreboard pressure on Brisbane but as Stuart explained after the game their attack was "off" on the night.
Brisbane will lose several players to Origin next week but fortunately they have two byes coming up which will make it easie for them to cover the injuries and representative losses.
They have a much-needed bye next week, play the Bulldogs after Origin II and then have another bye to recover which hopefully will allowed their injured platers and Origin stars a little time to freshen up for the run to the finals.