Broncos must remain switched on: Thaiday

A second-half scare in Sunday's 42-16 win over the Wests Tigers has prompted a meeting of the minds at Red Hill ahead of another danger clash against the Titans this weekend.

 

Leading 26-0 at half-time and seemingly cruising towards their 14th win of the season, a spirited Tigers outfit piled on three unanswered tries within the space of eight minutes to come within 10 points of the competition leaders.

Three late tries helped the Broncos inflate the winning margin but not without some nervy moments against the NRL's cellar dwellers.

Senior Bronco Sam Thaiday says Brisbane's second-half fadeout was one of the meeting minutes discussed at the club's weekly review.

"That [fadeout] was heavily discussed in Tuesday morning's meeting," Thaiday said.

"The review always starts from the coach and then he opens it up to the floor and the majority of the senior players talked about it.

"We have to make sure we are putting certain things in place at half-time so we don't come out as relaxed as we did at the start of the second half like we did.

"When a team is down by that many points they're always going to another level. They out-enthused us and we need to make sure we're just as enthusiastic even if we are in front on the scoreboard.

"It's something we need to fix going forward."

Brisbane's road to the finals is a tough one with matches against the Roosters (away), Rabbitohs (away) and Storm (home) awaiting Wayne Bennett's men in the final three rounds.

Despite a series of heavyweight clashes at the back end of the season, Thaiday believes Friday's match against the 15th-placed Titans will provide another stern test of the club's character.

"We've still got some improving to do [because] our last three games leading into the end of the year are going to be very tough games," he said.

"Even this weekend with the local derby against the Titans is always a tough game and one we could lose if we're not ready and prepared."

Brisbane has already sewn up a position within the top eight and can all but guarantee themselves a place within the top four with victory over their Gold Coast rivals.

Having won the 2006 decider as a 21-year-old, Thaiday will embark on his 10th finals campaign come September but says the business end of the season is furthest thing from Brisbane's mind.

"The big prize at the end of it all is the semi-finals and then hopefully a grand final," he said.

"But if we don’t make sure our mental game is on song and aligned with our physical and football game we'll get beaten in games by better teams."