Finally notching a second win to get them off the bottom of the ladder, the Broncos were too good for the troubled Sharks.
Coming off the back of four straight losses, no team was going to be easily beaten, including the equally placed Cronulla, but with five of the our stars returning to the side, the points were put on quick and a Broncos win never looked in doubt.
On Friday, Meshel & Tim spoke with ‘Slammin’ Sam Thaiday and he jokingly promised to “do his best” in the game. But Meshel was dead serious, so it was a good thing Sam came through.
He took charge of the forward pack, lead by example and put in a great performance. He was even rewarded with a try for his efforts. Far too long since the last Sammy!
Israel Folau shined in his return from injury, scoring two tries in the final three minutes of the first half.
He and Thaiday were two of six Broncs to cross the line with new forward, 20-year old Matt Gillett crossing twice, as well as Josh Hoffman, Dunamis Lui and Ben Te’o each getting a four pointer.
After conceding plenty of points in their recent losses, the Broncos' defence was nothing short of desperate in the first forty minutes and were deserved of their 32-0 score at halftime.
The boys produced some very exciting plays in their eight try showcase as well as plenty of big hits, most of which directed at Sharks #7 Tim Smith, who up until three weeks ago, was signed with the Brisbane.
The victory did come at a price however, with halfback Peter Wallace expected to miss up to six weeks after tearing medial ligaments in his left knee.
While the 44-16 win over the Sharks will do wonders for their not-so-good ‘for and against’ in 2010, the Broncos face a much bigger challenge this Friday night, when they travel to Sydney to take on the Bulldogs, who toppled the in-form Tigers over the weekend.
The next home game is against the Newcastle Knights on Friday, April 30.