Handyman Hunt to the rescue

He can take on the line, pass, throw a dummy, hold his own while tackling, kick goals and score match-winning tries like he did against the Roosters on Friday night.

Now the only thing missing from Ben Hunt's arsenal is the ability to slot a field goal in a pressure situation.

Brisbane's halfback has never kicked a field goal in his 120-game career but given his ability to break open the opposition defensive line, he hasn’t needed to so far.

After a stellar 2014 season Hunt began this year's campaign in an understated fashion despite the Broncos getting away to a 4-1 start before Friday's 22-18 golden point win over the Roosters.

Hunt set a season benchmark for himself with his display against the Chooks, finishing the match with two tries, two line breaks, six tackle busts, an offload, 101 running metres and nine tackles.

What his stats fail to show is the two missed field goal attempts, although in Hunt's defence both of his shots were from close to the 40-metre mark.

Hunt was under pressure and had to rush his first attempt at a one-pointer. His second attempt came off the back of a bust by Anthony Milford, however he couldn’t direct his shot on target and the ball trickled dead to allow the Roosters a seven-tackle set. 

"I had too much time in my second attempt. I was just standing there thinking about it and just sprayed it," Hunt said.

The 25-year-old was poised to take his third attempt at a field goal before a sudden change in circumstance allowed Hunt to burst through the line from 30 metres out after evading a tackle by James Maloney.

He then raced away for the winning try next to the posts after fooling Roosters fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck with a dummy in the process.

"I still wanted to set up for a field goal. I was trying to get 'Gillo' (Matt Gillett) back to the middle to set up for a field goal but he shovelled it back to me. We were still working for [the field goal] but lucky in the end we got the try," he said.

"I was going to try and draw [Tuivasa-Sheck] in, but I saw him fade away pretty early so I thought, Bugger it, I'll just have a crack.

"There were a few times there I had a crack at the line and almost got my nose through a couple of times. I feel that's a strength in my game so the more I can do that the better it's going to be for the team.

"It was one of the best wins we've had at this club for a while now and it was a real credit to the whole side to get that win."

Despite eventually coming up trumps in the battle of the halves against Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney, Brisbane's 2014 player of the year says he couldn't have played the way he had without the support of a dominant forward pack.

"They're a great outfit and to come out and get the win over them tonight the way we toughed it out was really good," Hunt added.

"They've obviously got a great pack and tried to stick it to us. Sammy [Thaiday] stood up for us tonight but so did our whole forward pack.

"Sammy and 'Cozza' (Corey Parker) led the way and really took it to them."

He also credited the gritty nature of his side's defensive performance which helped facilitate Brisbane's fifth win on the trot – the first time they've achieved five in a row since 2012.

After leaking 36 points against the Rabbitohs in Round 1, the Broncos have only conceded an average of 15 points per game in their five games since.

"Everyone's working hard out there and we've got a defensive process that's working for us now and everyone is buying into it and it's paying off," he said.

"We know we've got the team out there to do it and if everyone shows up on the night and performs we know we can stick it to any team."