It didn’t come easy for the Broncos who eventually found their rhythm in the second half after trailing 12-6 at the break.
“It was everything we expected today. We knew the Hunters were going to come out firing and be physical through the middle and as you saw the result in the first half, they didn’t stop putting pressure on us and they were getting a lot of momentum.
“We had to regroup in the second half and go over our processes and make sure that we weren’t handing over the possession that we were at half time.”
“It was a great game and both teams can take a lot from it,” said Broncos captain, Alex Glenn.
Broncos assistant coach, Jason Demetriou admitted the win didn’t come easy.
“I will say this, the Hunters put us under a lot of pressure and we had to fix a lot of things at half time. That’s a credit to the Hunters.
“I was pretty happy with our defence, we held up pretty well, but we’ve got to control the footy more, stick to our processes and when under pressure, be a bit smarter with our game management.
‘It’s a good learning curve.”
Errors in the play-the-ball and discipline cost the Hunters the game, according to captain, Stargroth Amean.
But the injured Amean was still proud of his side’s performance in front of a packed National Football Stadium.
“All in all, it was a good trial match. We know exactly where we are so we’ll get back to the drawing board and fix ourselves and get ready for the season.
Hunters assistant coach, Nigel Hukula agreed with the skipper.
“The result is important in itself. We’ve come away learning a lot from today’s game and we know what we need to work on in the coming weeks.”
Brisbane Broncos 26 (Jonus Pearson, Alex Glenn, Korbin Sims, Jordan Kahu, Corey Oates tries; Kahu 3 goals) defeated SP Hunters 12 (Enock Maki, Watson Boas tries; Boas 2 goals) at Oil Search National Football Stadium. Crowd: 14,697.