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Broncos' belief up despite Warriors loss

Brisbane skipper Sam Thaiday can see the belief within the Broncos building despite their heartbreaking 18-16 NRL defeat to the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.
Broncos' belief up despite Warriors loss
by AAP

By Robert Lowe

AUCKLAND, June 30 AAP - Brisbane skipper Sam Thaiday can see the belief within the Broncos building despite their heartbreaking 18-16 NRL defeat to the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.

The Broncos were eventually sunk by a 90-metre intercept try by Konrad Hurrell nine minutes from time, although they did have a chance to send the contest into golden point.

However, with just seconds left, Corey Parker missed with a difficult, angled 48-metre penalty attempt.

Brisbane controlled much of the second half at Mt Smart Stadium and the defeat, their sixth in eight matches, came despite a 90 per cent completion rate.

Thaiday agreed that the performance was among the Broncos' best for the season.

It was probably topped by only their two big wins over Gold Coast and North Queensland.

"When you put in an effort like that and you lose, that's why it hurts so much, but we learnt a lot from that," he said.

"We now have more of a belief in ourselves and in our systems."

Brisbane, who drop down to 12th on the ladder, are away to Melbourne on Friday night.

Thaiday was confident the Broncos could come away with the win at AAMI Park if they produced a similar effort.

Thaiday was among the Broncos' best against the Warriors despite being one of four players backing up from Queensland's 26-6 win in State of Origin II.

Apart from his charging carries of the ball, the prop almost ran down Hurrell, an outside back, to prevent the decisive try.

He said none of the Queensland quartet - himself, Parker, Justin Hodges and Matt Gillett - was feeling the effects of their Origin exertions.

"No, not at all," he said.

"I think Corey Parker was one of our best forwards again. Matt Gillett did a lot of work and Justin Hodges as well."


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