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Josh McGuire and Corey Parker share a moment during the Broncos win over the Eels.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett says he was expecting a performance like that of his side's 38-16 thrashing of the Parramatta Eels in Round 23 of the Telstra Premiership on Friday night. 

The Broncos turned it on in front of their home fans, running in eight tries to three in a dominant display that has many thinking that Brisbane are back to their best. 

The margin could have been even larger if captain Corey Parker kicked straight, with the 34-year-old managing only two from seven conversion attempts. 

Despite this, the Broncos still cruised to victory, and no one looked more comfortable than five-eighth Anthony Milford. 

Milford put in a phenomenal performance that contained three line breaks, a try assist and a try of his own. 

His try assist came at the very end of the first half, with the 22-year-old producing a brilliant solo effort that involved a 60m run followed by a grubber kick for winger Corey Oates to score. 

Bennett said this outstanding piece of play is what gave Brisbane the belief to go on with the match after the break. 

"A performance like that has been coming," Bennett said. 

"Anthony's moment before half-time lifted everybody. 

"They all came into the sheds pretty excited and they were ready to go again. 

"I knew this was coming from us because of my experiences in the past. I've been doing this job for over 40 years so when you know, you know."


Brisbane have now won two games in a row and are starting to look a lot like the team that won seven of their first eight matches this season. 

Next up Bennett's men have the in-form Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on Thursday night at Suncorp Stadium. 

The Broncos were defeated by 26 points when the two teams last met in Round 16, but Brisbane appear to be a different side to the one that took the field seven weeks ago.

Momentum is now on their side, and Bennett said that his side believe they can beat the Bulldogs. 

"Momentum is crucial at this time of year," he said. 

"We aren't where we want to be yet, but we're on our way and that's the important thing. 

"We have a couple of quality teams to play in the next couple of weeks. 

"It's important that they go into these matches with some confidence and belief in themselves."

The Broncos not only believe in themselves, but each other, and they showed that with an exceptional team performance on Friday night. 

A pleased Parker said it was a match where every member of the side played for one another and contributed. 

"We always believed that we had control of the game and that we could use our momentum to go on with it," Parker said. 

"Milford's try at the death of the first half really gave us some momentum going into the second half. 

"I thought we did a great job going on with it after the break. 

"I think everyone from 1-17 contributed. Our bench was great and that's what you really need. We all played for each other." 

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