Skipper believes Broncos will flick switch soon
BRONCOS coach Anthony Griffin said he took no solace from his side's brave performance in its 32-26 loss to the Melbourne Storm on Friday night.
While the Broncos received wide praise for the huge strides they took to reverse their form slump, Griffin refused to see it as anything but a missed opportunity to pick up two points.
After a win and three losses to start the season, Brisbane faces a tough fortnight with two derby clashes, against the resurgent Titans on Friday and the Cowboys at home seven days later.
The Broncos were pilloried for their lack of attacking spark in their 8-0 loss to the Roosters a week earlier.
They looked set for a hiding when the Storm jumped out to a 20-6 halftime lead, but fought back in the second 40 minutes before ultimately falling short.
The Storm eventually got home on the back of some brilliance from the "big three".
Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk either scored or set up all six of the Storm's tries, and Cameron Smith's tally of 98m from eight carries made a difference.
Griffin's refusal to publicly praise his troops was a strong statement about the standards set by the proud club - that anything other than victory was not acceptable. It was also an attempt to defuse the criticism levelled at his team over the previous seven days.
"There were no concerns in our four walls," he said.
"Obviously, when you're kept to nil, there are some questions asked of you. But there are a lot of teams getting kept to nil at the moment in the competition.
"There's no lack of belief in our guys and they showed that there tonight."
Griffin attributed the side's showing to the attack created by his forwards after going sideways too often against the Roosters.
He said the recent criticism of the Broncos backline was unfounded, pointing out that Corey Norman, Jack Reed and Josh Hoffman had their best games of the season as they were given room to move.
Captain Sam Thaiday said Brisbane was close to discovering its best form.
"We're touching the switch at the moment," he said.
"We haven't flicked it yet, but things are slowly getting there for us.
"There are some good things there. It's not spot-on yet, but the biggest thing we need to get right is that ruthlessness to win and finish games off."