Broncos aim to finish well


VETERAN Papua New Guinea international and Broncos back David Mead says Brisbane will work harder for their three remaining matches of the National Rugby League (NRL) season.
The 15th-placed Broncos were two minutes away from an unlikely win over top-four side, the Sydney Roosters, but a penalty goal after a Thomas Flegler high shot condemned Brisbane to their 16th loss of 2021 on Friday.
“It is a heartbreaking loss especially after the effort we put in for 80 minutes,” Mead told Broncos TV after the 20-21 round-22 loss at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
“I thought we played really well.
“We had a couple of lapses.
“They took advantage of them and scored.
“But they’re a quality side.
“We knew it would go down to the last minute.
“It’s just unfortunate that we made an error and they took advantage of it.”
The 33-year-old said regardless of the result, the match had kept fans on the edge of their seats.
“But we would’ve liked to get the Broncos fans a win,” the Lismore Marist Brothers junior said.
“It has been a tough year but we’ll still work harder for the next three games and hopefully get some (positive) results.”
Coach Kevin Walters’ Broncos play the New Zealand Warriors (Sunday, 4.05pm kick-off) and Cronulla Sharks (Aug 28) before rounding out their season at home against the Newcastle Knights (Sept 4).
When asked what Broncos fans were expecting against coach Nathan Brown’s Warriors at Suncorp Stadium, Central native Mead said: “A similar effort (against the Roosters). We just need to be better at completing our sets and make sure we don’t concede errors.”