Premiership ours to take says Bronco
BRISBANE centre James Roberts has sounded an ominous warning to rival finals contenders, declaring the Broncos are building the momentum to win this year’s premiership.
As the team prepares to celebrate Sam Thaiday’s final regular-season home game against Manly in Brisbane tomorrow, Roberts believes the Broncos can produce a monthlong surge to break the longest title drought in their history – and knows a final-round disposal of the Sea Eagles can help them secure a home semi-final at Suncorp next weekend.
Brisbane have been inconsistent for most of the season but back-to-back wins over big guns Souths and the Roosters have given the squad belief they can deliver the club’s first premiership since 2006.
“I think we can win the whole thing,” Roberts said yesterday.
“I’m pretty sure people write us off every year, but we know what we have to do at the club here and we are confident in each other.
“The Roosters are a top team and they were on fire, but I thought we handled them pretty well. We weathered their storm early and came away with the win.
“The last two weeks have been really good and we are slowly getting to where we want to be ... we still have a lot more improvement in us.”
Roberts, 25, also believes he is hitting top gear at the right time after the most gruelling campaign of his NRL career.
Having broken into the NSW Origin side this season, he has had to juggle the demands of club and representative football, all the while battling an achilles problem that has plagued him for six months.
“I am coming good now mentally ... I am feeling better than what I was three weeks ago,” he said. — Peter Badel
CONFIDENT: Brisbane centre James Roberts.