It was a try fest for the Broncos, at what was the first ever game at new home, Trailfinders Sports Club, against touring indigenous side, Yowies.
The first 20 minutes was controlled by the Yowies, but great try line defence saw the Broncos claw their way to the top.
Only three minutes in, the Yowies opened the scoreboard when Nathan Merritt crossed in the corner. A successful conversion took the score to 0-6 early on.
Six minutes later, the Broncos evened up the numbers with debutant Nathan Stapleton crossing. In a man of the match performance, Will Barthau added the extras, taking it to 6 all.
A great burst from Alex Walker saw him score his first try of the night, 28 minutes in, and Barthau again added the extras for 12-6.
Multiple high tackles from the Yowies allowed for Broncos penalties, but at half time the boys ran into the sheds with the scoreboard still reading 12-6.
Only four minutes into the second half, Stapleton crossed in the corner for a second time. Barthau’s kick was too far left, but still allowed for the Broncos to pull further ahead 16-6.
Not content to let the match slip away, Rich Roberts closed the gap, scoring his first try of the evening. His kick sailed through the posts, and the score is a close 16-12.
An outstanding attacking effort from the team allowed Macani over the line 67 minutes in, but Barthau’s conversion attempt wasn’t successful.
Less than a minute later, after an incredibly impressive run, Ben Hellewell crosses right beside the posts, lifting the score 24-12. Barthau adds the extras, and it’s 26-12.
With only seven minutes remaining in the match, both Walker and Macani score their second tries of the night, and Barthau sends both kicks straight through the posts, with a final score of 38-12.
Speaking after the match, head coach, Andrew Henderson, said “the first 20 minutes I thought the Broncos were in control of that game, they were certainly controlling the tempo and being really clinical and methodical.
“I challenged our players at half time to pick it up, which I felt we did, overall I’m very pleased with the hit out.
“We were certainly challenged today in certain areas of the field at certain times by the opposition and that’s a credit to those guys – let’s not forget that Yowies team have only been together a few days. I can only congratulate them on their efforts today as well.”
With a massive nine new faces in the squad, Henderson said the point of the friendlies is to “iron out the little imperfections”.
“You want to make sure you have a couple of good hit outs ready for when round one comes. The players start to get a feel for each other and how each other play.
“Let’s not forget we have brought in nine recruits this year, so there’s nine new faces in the squad and it does take time for them to get to know each other. You can do so much on the training field but you learn more about your team certainly when it’s an actual competition game.”
Yowies head coach, Damien Faulker, was pleased with his side, given the new conditions, and small amount of time they had spent together as a team.
“We’ve got a very young side, but I think the conditions for us are very new as well. I think the depth is just a little bit short for the trip but I think the guys did stand up really well. There was going to be a bit of a gap, but that’s the whole experience and coming and being part of this great tour. The learning for these guys will be immense.”
When asked about playing on a synthetic pitch, he laughed and said his boys found it a “very, very new experience. Something that they’ll probably never experience ever. Back home that’s a hockey field for us!”
Only one injury from the match, James Cunninhgam has a foot injury that needs to be assessed.