How good was that. Friday Night is now just a memory, but two sensational games are indelibly etched in the mind for some time to come. 48,000 In Brisbane and the roar of the crowd created a huge atmosphere, while 18,000 snuck into Parramatta Stadium. Two ringing endorsements from a rugby league starved community.
Now what did we take out of the game. The young Brisbane side was impressive. The first set of six saw debutant Mitchell Dodds just about involved in every tackle. His energy and enthusiasm was obvious, but it was young Cory Norman who stood out for mine. Very cool, calm and collected at the back and showed some good skills. The Brisbane production line just keeps rolling.
After leading 24-0, they should never have been run down and the fact that it ended in a nail-biter was credit to the Cowboys who spun together a 20minute passage of footy that was just brilliant. But it was Denan Kemp, doing what all wingers should do, pinning their ears back and streaking down the sideline to nail off the winning try for the Broncos. Disappointed with big Willie Mason, for someone with so much to prove, he certainly spends a lot of time jogging on the field. I expected more.
In the other game, the Eels and Dragons slugged out a edge of the seat style game with Jamie Sowards penalty kicks the difference. Both teams showed enough to show their fans they will again be near enough this year. Very impressed with Jeremy Smith for the Dragons and he will show to be a critical component of the Dragons 2010 charge.