Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters admitted his side were given a good old fashioned lesson by the Melbourne Storm in the sobering 60-12 defeat.
The result leaves the seventh-placed Broncos nervously looking over their shoulders with the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders, in eighth and ninth respectively, breathing down their necks.
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With three rounds to go, Walters knows his side can and must perform better as they lick their wounds after the 48-point humiliation.
“I guess it was a good lesson in how to play rugby league for our blokes,” Walters said.
“First half not a lot of things went our way, but we just didn’t have that resilience in the second half to get ourselves back in the game so it was a terrific performance from the Storm and not so good from us.”
Walters believes he will find out what his team is made off next week against the Eels.
“We will find out next week,” Walters said.
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“I am expecting a good reaction from our boys. I am quite surprised with the result because I know the boys are working hard.
“We just didn’t have the resilience tonight to stop the Storm with the way they played their footy.
“We were just missing too many tackles. That’s an individual thing more than a team thing.
“We had 40 missed tackles. You just can’t win footy games when that happens. Disappointing.”
Broncos skipper Adam Reynolds urged his team to look ahead and not dwell on the massive loss.
“You just have to look forward and use that disappointment as motivation moving forward,” Reynolds said.
“It is always a s****y feeling when you are sitting in the changerooms and you know you haven’t done your job or the result hasn’t gone your way.
“We can bounce back. We still have two weeks to go in this competition. They are must win games and when that happens you have to perform.
“It will be interesting to see how we respond and I’m sure you will.
“Next week will tell. I know I am certainly hungry to turn things around and get our season back where it should be.”