AMPOL State of Origin Game II SOLD OUT

AUGUST 20 2020 | Mike Colman

AUGUST 20 2020 | Mike Colman

20/08/2020

I reckon the Broncos have only one thing to play for in Friday night’s match against the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium, and that’s pride.

Pride in themselves, pride in their club and pride in the jersey.

To say that the Broncos 2020 has been a disappointment would be the ultimate understatement. It has been an unmitigated disaster, on and off the field. There is no way the team can make the finals and the only thing they can win is the wooden spoon – an ignominious ‘honour’ the club has never suffered in its 32-year history.

In the lead-up to the Dragons match things weren’t looking good, with Tom Flegler ruled out for the season. Add in Payne Haas and Tevita Pangai Jnr both being suspended and that’s more than 10 players that stand-in coach Peter Gentle can’t call on. It’s hardly a promising position to be in, but if the Broncos need inspiration on how to turn things around, they only have to look at the team on the opposite side of the field on Friday night.

Not that long ago the Dragons were where the Broncos are now. They might not have forced their way into the top half of the ladder, but they have earned respect from opposition teams and their supporters for some of their gutsy performances, most notably last weekend’s stunning 14-12 upset over the high-flying Eels.

You could put that win partly down to the Dragons’ players wanting to show their support for out-going coach Paul McGregor. It would be nice to see the Broncos putting on a similar display to raise the spirits of their own under-siege coach Anthony Seibold who has just gone through a week of hell.

It won’t save their season – nothing will – but I reckon it might just make a few Brisbane players – and supporters – feel a little better about themselves.

What do YOU reckon?