Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has leapt to the defence of his players, blaming the Broncos' poor run of form on the representative period.
It's clear that the Broncos are going through a tough period at the moment and it looks to me as though the desire to turn up for each other has left them.
The Broncos may be having a rough run of form but their star five-eighth Anthony Milford has pleaded with Brisbane fans to stick with his embattled side.
Queensland heroes Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk return to Suncorp Stadium to face the Broncos with the Storm boasting an impressive record at the venue.
The Brisbane Broncos have been bolstered by the return of injured hooker Andrew McCullough for their Friday night blockbuster against the Melbourne Storm.
The Brisbane Broncos may have unearthed something special in 18-year-old Jaydn Su'A, who has slotted seemlessly into the first-grade side.
The results, injuries, judiciary news and talking points from the weekend's NRL matches.
Wayne Bennett said the Broncos' non-Origin players need to lift during the middle part of the season following the team's 40-16 loss to the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs monstered a Brisbane side featuring five players backing up from Origin with several more missing, running up a 40-16 win on their home patch.
Bulldogs winger Brett Morris has made a successful return from injury, scoring a hat-trick to help his side to a big win over the Broncos on Saturday night.