Tough task ahead
IT has been more than five years since Brisbane Broncos last tasted victory at Canberra stadium but this week that may be all about to change according to Brisbane Broncos interchange and former Central Queensland junior Ben Hunt.
After a frustratingly close loss to North Queensland in round one, Hunt said the two-point nip in the tail was perfect motivation for the team heading into tonight’s clash with the Canberra Raiders.
“Everyone is still a little bit angry, a little bit upset about how we finished up the other week – we’re going to use that as an incentive this weekend,” he said.
The path ahead however is by no means easy with the Raiders still clenching a firm hold over the Broncos winning ways, having won five of the past eight games, the last two of which were last season.
Whether through false confidence or a genuine belief they could match the Raiders, Hunt was steadfast in his belief they could turn things around.
“The time is right. We’ve got plenty of confidence. It’s just a matter of going out there and putting the training and lessons learnt from last week into practice,” he said.
Hunt himself was the first to admit he was far from his best form against the Cowboys after falling away from one too many tackles and taking the wrong option on occasions.
“I wasn’t happy with my own performance at all – I missed a lot of tackles and made a few bad decisions.”
The former Dingo schoolboy and Blackwater Crushers rugby league junior, was mentored during his days with the Broncos under-20s by current Broncos coach Anthony Griffin.
He said the transition from outgoing tutor Ivan Henjak to Griffin had been relatively smooth sailing.
“There hasn’t been a lot of change, just a couple of different plays he (Griffin) does,” Hunt said.
“I think everybody is pretty settled now.”
Settled now but perhaps not for long with speculation rife on the future of St George Illawarra coach and former Broncos great, Wayne Bennett.
Hunt said they would be honoured to have the master tactician back at the club.
“He is the number one coach in the game. Anyone would love him on their side.”
On a personal level Hunt is also dreaming big.
“Hopefully one day I can take over Darren Lockyer’s position in the halves but at the moment I want to just focus on this year with the Broncos,” he said.