Broncos backs must stand up: Kahu
Brisbane centre Jordan Kahu has called on his side's backline to lift ahead of next week's do-or-die semi-final clash after the Broncos defeated the Gold Coast Titans 44-28 in a 'disappointing' performance by Wayne Bennett's men on Friday night.
Kahu scored two tries in a personal 20-point haul, but it was Brisbane's forwards who deserved the plaudits for running over the top of the Titans in the middle of the park.
In particular, Australia and Queensland representative Josh McGuire was a standout, running for 154m in a barnstorming performance.
His efforts gave the Broncos superior field position, but they at times failed to capitalise.
Brisbane's backs bombed a number of certain tries, and Kahu said the Broncos' star-studded backline needed to do more to reward the hard work of their forward pack.
"Our forwards really ramped it up in the second half of Friday night's match. They worked together as a group," Kahu said.
"Us members of the backline need to back them up a bit more and finish each set with a bit more polish. We need to be better after all the hard work they put in."
Kahu started in the centres on Friday night after playing on the wing for much of the regular season.
The late omission of young gun Tom Opacic meant Kahu was forced to make the move, and although he likes it in the centres, he's hoping Opacic will be back for next week's clash with either the Melbourne Storm or North Queensland Cowboys.
"I'm happy to play wherever," he said.
"I got a run in the centres this week, but if Tom is back next week then I'll go back to the wing. I'm just happy to be wearing a Broncos jersey each week.
"If Tom is back then he'll be great for the team. He's been playing very well and he's a good fella."
The safe hands of Opacic will be a welcome inclusion to Brisbane's line-up after the side made four errors in the first 20 minutes of Friday night's clash.
Kahu described the start of Brisbane's match as 'un-Bronco like' and he wants improvement.
"The first 20 minutes was not the Broncos. We really had to ramp it up the last 60 minutes to get the win," he said.
"We can't be doing that any longer because it's going to hurt us if we keep playing like that.
"We won a finals game so Wayne was happy with that, but I think everyone around the club knows that we can't play like that."