Why a glorious future is beginning to emerge for reborn Brisbane Broncos

In hindsight, Adam Reynolds’s masterclass in Brisbane’s 32-12 win over South Sydney shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise.

Reynolds did all the things he always does, all the things that made him South Sydney’s halfback and on-field general for the club’s most successful period in decades.

His kicking game was excellent, he led the Rabbitohs around the park with a true craftsman’s touch and he inspired the rest of his team to a greater purpose like only a true leader can.

Brisbane has exactly what they paid for with Reynolds and the benefits are starting to show as the rest of the roster comes together around him. No rebuild is completed overnight and no single player is the hinge on which a club swings – it’s an ongoing process, a journey that is complete with many small steps rather than one or two large ones.


Consider Te Maire Martin, who has shone at fullback over the last three weeks. Martin was resigned to his NRL career being over after he was diagnosed with bleeding on the brain three years ago.

Before his first-grade comeback, the only footy he’d played in recent years was muck-around local footy in New Zealand and a couple of Queensland Cup games.

Now, in an unfamiliar position, he is close to Brisbane’s best every week. Martin looks faster than he did in his Cowboys days and his ball-playing from the back has helped open up the Broncos’ attack.

Five-eighth will be his eventual spot and the idea of him linking with Reynolds is an exciting one – it’s a classic runner/organiser combo, not unlike the partnership Reynolds enjoyed with Cody Walker for all those years at Souths.

Consider, also, Cory Paix. There is little that is fancy or flashy about what Paix does at hooker, but his service is clean, he has enough skill to put in a fine touch off the boot every now and then and if defenders are lazy, he’ll take them on.

That might sound like a simple combination but it’s more than Brisbane had in their dummy halves in years. Billy Walters might start at hooker, but Paix is this team’s true rake.


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