Brisbane Broncos can make top eight, says club legend Darren Lockyer


Brisbane Broncos legend Darren Lockyer believes his beloved side have what it takes to finish this season in the top eight after three convincing wins in three weeks.

After winning just two of their first six matches, Brisbane recorded three straight wins over the Bulldogs, Sharks and Rabbitohs to get their season back on track.

Kevin Walters’ team currently sit eighth on the ladder with a 5-4 record and a -10 point differential. It’s a position Lockyer thinks he can fill.

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“For the last three weeks, yes (they can make it to the final),” Lockyer told Wide World of Sports. QLDER.

“The key is you have to maintain that consistency, but stringing together three wins like that are very good signs. It’s up to them and hopefully most of their key players can stay fit.”

Lockyer and fellow Queensland rugby league icon Wally Lewis were impressed with Brisbane’s performance against the Rabbitohs, which came without star man Payne Haas.

With Haas sidelined, Patrick Carrigan played a key role in his No.10 shirt, with both Queensland icons heaping praise on the 24-year-old.

“It’s only positive because (Haas) has been their best player for a long time,” Lockyer said.

“I thought Patrick Carrigan was huge, but I think it was just a team effort. If you’re going to play finals you’re going to beat the best teams, everyone has to contribute.”

“It was the best game he had and it was his ability to keep the ball alive that was the most impressive feature of the whole night,” added Lewis.

“He was fantastic and you could see he was fresh and ready to lead by example.

“It’s a performance he now knows he has to stick to every week. He’s proven to the fans and the coach that he’s capable of such a high performance and that’s really positive for the team. .”

Walters and the Broncos face a crucial Magic Round matchup on Friday night against the seventh-placed Sea Eagles, who are also 5-4 in nine rounds.

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