A stunning second-half performance from Brisbane Broncos’ star fullback Reece Walsh has seen the Broncos flog the Titans on the Gold Coast.
Trailing 12-6 midway through the first half, the Broncos looked as though they would need some magic to get them back in the game.
Walsh stepped up and provided that spark, scoring a try of his own in the 50th minute to put Brisbane in front along with a try assist and a number of involvements in a dominant display.
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Speaking to Fox League post-game, Walsh said a simple message from coach Kevin Walters inspired his side to eventually win 43-26.
“They really gave it to us in that first half, Kev gave us a bit of a challenge to go out there and play Broncos footy, ‘get back on the horse’ as he says,” he said.
“I’m pretty proud of the boys to bounce back after last weekend’s very disappointing loss (to Canberra).”
While Walsh received much of the praise post-game, Walters was quick to point out that the fullback’s performances will only get better once he grows comfortable with captain Adam Reynolds.
“Just looking from where I watch from he looks pretty quick out there … Adam and him have only had seven games together so once that combination builds we’ll be a lot better for that,” he said in the post-match press conference.
“Walshy is still understanding his game and where he can bring himself into the game … but it’s pretty exciting knowing where Reece is at in his career and he’s got such a great mentor in Adam to direct him into the right space.”
The Titans burst out of the gate and opened the scoring in just the fourth minute through Phillip Sami, and were leading 14-6 in the shadows of half time when the tides turned.
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The Titans had dominated possession for about 15 minutes when Walsh charged down a Titans kick on his own 20m line.
Martin Taupau was there to scoop it up, before getting it to Herbie Farnworth who ran up field to score.
Second half tries to Walsh, Jesse Arthars, Kurt Capewell, Ezra Mam and Selwyn Cobbo put the game beyond doubt, although two late consolation tries to Kruise Leeming and Alofiana Khan-Pereira for the Titans gave the scoreline some respectability.
It marked a clean sweep of Queensland derbies for the Broncos in 2023.The Broncos face the Eels in Darwin next Friday night, while the Titans will take on the Dolphins at Suncorp.
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