Several Brisbane Broncos players were left in tears after the club slumped to a sixth straight defeat, this time a 26-16 loss to the Warriors in Gosford.
- Brisbane has not won a match since the NRL resumed in late May
- The Broncos had led the Warriors at half-time
- Matt Moylan sustained a hamstring injury in Cronulla’s 40-10 win over Gold Coast
The emotional toll of losing yet another match was clear to see among Broncos players following the full-time siren at Central Coast Stadium.
It follows the revelation from Broncos captain Alex Glenn earlier in the week that some of his teammates had received death threats on social media.
The Broncos have not won a match since the NRL restarted in late May.
Despite holding a 10-6 lead at half-time, the Broncos were undone by their final 20 minutes and have now been outscored 86-8 since the start of the season across that period.
Down 16-12 with 20 minutes to go in Gosford, a clutch 40-20 from Blake Green turned the tide for the Warriors, who finished with a head full of steam for their first win in a month.
One try was remarkably overturned with a captain’s challenge when Anthony Milford was judged to have been obstructed in the lead-up, but three quick tries handed the Warriors the win.
It was a masterclass in game management from Green just days after Warriors owner Mark Robinson said the half-back would be moved on at the end of the season.
The Warriors’ performance is even more impressive considering they lost five-eighth Kodi Nikorima to a head clash with Tevita Pangai Junior just four minutes into the match.
They were also without star skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who sat on the sidelines suspended.
Teenage sensation Xavier Coates was again the bright spot for the Broncos after scoring a quick double in the first half to notch up four tries from as many matches this season.
Sharks thrash Titans, Moylan goes down
The loss of Matt Moylan to injury did not stopped Cronulla running out convincing 40-10 winners over Gold Coast in Robina.
New Zealand international Shaun Johnson stood tall for the Sharks after the first-half departure of Moylan, as the visitors ran amok in the second term to seal their third straight victory for the first time since 2018.
Full-back Moylan lasted barely half-an-hour before aggravating his troublesome hamstring, trying to run down try-bound Titans winger Corey Thompson and adding to his injury woes.
Moylan was playing just his fifth match of the season after being restricted last season to only 11 appearances.
It was a return to Robina to forget for the Titans, who marked their first match at their home ground since the resumption with a 10th-straight loss at the venue and yet more injury concerns.
Hooker Mitch Rein (knee) was lost in the first half before his replacement Tanah Boyd received treatment for a shoulder niggle in the 57th minute.
Gold Coast’s depth had already been tested after losing influential backrower Kevin Proctor (bicep) and winger Phil Sami (shoulder) at mid-week training.
After leading 12-10 at half-time, Cronulla blew out the scoreline with five unanswered tries.
In the end, it was one-way traffic as Briton Nikora (41st), impressive hooker Blayke Brailey (50th), influential half-back Chad Townsend (57th), Royce Hunt (70th) and Bryson Goodwin (75th) all helped themselves.