QUEENSLAND. Beautiful one day, another cracking local derby the next.
Seriously, why would you bother watching Sydney clubs play each other, it’s an inferior product. Sometimes you wonder whether they are in the same comp.
Anyhow, enough about them.
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The dazzling derby between the Broncos and Titans on Friday night had it all, and then some with Jimmy the Jet the undisputed star of the show.
Brisbane should get a hypnotist in before every game and convince James Roberts he is playing against the Titans. He tears his old club to shreds every time.
It was end-to-end, edge-of-your-seat stuff that ended with heartbreak for the Titans and a Harry Houdini-esque escape for the Broncos.
The Cowboys almost performed their own egg-cellent Easter miracle but were left to lament a woeful first half against the Dragons.
North Queensland came home with a wet sail but it was too little, too late after their defence cracked.
There was no Johnathan Thurston but that was no excuse. The Dragons carved up the fumbly, bumbly Cowboys through the middle of the park to set up their win.
JT is good. He’s very good. He’s the best. But even he could not have saved the Cowboys who couldn’t look after the ball or stop St George Illawarra from devouring mega-metres like a young child destroys Easter eggs on a Sunday morning.
BRONCOS — 24-22 win over Gold Coast
THRILLS: Jimmy “the Jet” Roberts should have scored four tries but a hat-trick was enough to break the Titans’ hearts after continually breaking the Gold Coast’s defensive line. You can’t coach speed and he’s got plenty. Dangerous with every touch and clearly spooks would-be defenders who make bad decisions. Matt Gillett is a dead-set superstar too. Produced the match-winning charge down amongst other heroics.
Anthony Milford looked just fine as a play-making half and would find a way to do so alongside Jack Bird as well. Darius Boyd shouldered some extra play-making duties and was all class.
SPILLS: Flat early and soft defensively. Kodi Nikorima scored a nice try but he is not the answer as a long-term No.7. Looked every bit a utility bench player.
DILLS: #JTJ (Jimmy the Jet, get around the hashtag), Jordan Kahu and Alex Glenn all bombed certain tries that would have put the result beyond doubt a lot earlier. All they needed to do was grab the ball and fall over. Bad finishing is bad footy.
TITANS — 24-22 loss to Brisbane.
THRILLS: Great energy early. Nathan Peats sharpened their attack considerably and then there was Anthony Don. A long-range try after some Tyrone Roberts magic and THAT kick for Chris Grevsmuhl’s four-pointer. Freakish stuff. Ash Taylor’s clever no-look grubber for Kane Elgey’s try was top shelf. The Titans can certainly turn on the razzle dazzle in attack.
SPILLS: More injuries. Tyronne Roberts-Davis bombing a certain try and that decidedly dodgy left-edge defence. The Broncos scored three tries down that side of the field against some glorified turnstiles. James Roberts did not have spiders on him. Tyrone Roberts attempting to catch a bomb with his foot wasn’t flash. Neither was Ash Taylor’s dropped ball / try assist to Anthony Milford.
DILLS: Elgey’s failure to get his clearing kick away in the dying minutes that handed Brisbane victory. Gillett charged the kick down with ease. He didn’t have to jump or extend his arms to smother the ball and set up James Roberts’ match-winner. A jockey could have charged down that kick. Starting a few extra paces back to avoid the pressure wouldn’t have hurt. At all.
COWBOYS — 28-22 loss to St George Illawarra
THRILLS: John Asiata did a very handy job at halfback. The No. 7-turned prop-turned No. 7 again threw a lovely ball for a Michael Morgan try.
The second half was much more like Cowboys football too. They showed some pride, fight and ticker. Amazing what happens when you hang on to the ball and don’t miss tackles.
SPILLS: The Dragons enjoyed 66 per cent of possession in the first half on the way to a 28-4 lead so ball security was woeful. The right-edge defence with Kyle Feldt, Justin O’Neill, Coen Hess and Michael Morgan was targeted successfully while the Red-V also steamrolled their way up the middle after enjoying a mountain of possession. Kalyn Ponga and Gideon Gela-Mosby were guilty of going to a grubber kick to ruin promising attacking situations during the second half comeback. What’s wrong with kids these days?
DILLS: Winger Kyle Feldt couldn’t keep his feet or stay on his man which gift-wrapped two tries to the Dragons. He also struggled to secure the pill which has become an ever-increasing problem in 2017. He could find himself back in the Intrust Super Cup with Javid Bowen lurking with intent.
Originally published as Jimmy the Jet lights up Round 7
SOURCE: newsnow sport