Brisbane Broncos defeat North Queensland Cowboys with Reece Walsh-inspired debut
Reece Walsh made a remarkable debut with Brisbane as they defeated North Queensland 28-16, with the 20-year-old “fullback showcasing why coach Kevin Walters was so keen to bring him back to the club”.
Walsh was instrumental in three of Brisbane’s tries, scoring what was eventually the match-sealing try in the 76th minute.
Along with electric five-eighth Ezra Mam, Walsh’s “scintillating speed” was too much for the Cowboys to handle.
The Cowboys will be worried about the match review committee findings, with Peta Hiku on report for a dangerous tackle on Walsh and Scott Drinkwater for a high shot on Corey Oates, which saw the Broncos winger break his jaw.
Although the sides were tied 10-10 at half-time, Brisbane had the X-factor in attack to make the difference.
Both experienced halfbacks played crucial roles with scores for their respective sides.
In the earlier match on the same evening, Cronulla won 30-26 against Parramatta at the Western Sydney Stadium, with Will Kennedy scoring three tries for the Sharks, including his first career hat-trick.
Despite the Eels’ strong start, Cronulla were able to shift into gear and take advantage of Brad Arthur’s side, which included captain Clint Gutherson, who went off for a head injury assessment after a heavy knock from Jesse Ramien.
Although the Eels pressured the Sharks, Ronaldo Mulitalo was able to pick off a pass from Gutherson and relieve pressure for Cronulla.
The Sharks held on to secure their first win of the season.