NRL: Broncos winger Jordan Kahu thought he’d scored the easiest try of his life…but it ended up a penalty against his side and then a try to Josh Reynolds and the Bulldogs.
BRONCOS coach Wayne Bennett has singled out a brain snap from Jordan Kahu as the moment that led to Brisbane’s shock loss to Canterbury.
The Bulldogs did everything they could to keep under-siege coach Des Hasler in a job for another week, turning up the heat in an inspiring second half comeback to win 10-7 in an ANZ Stadium slugfest.
In awful conditions in Sydney, Canterbury’s spirit in the second stanza could not be denied and the Broncos struggled to match fire with fire as feisty five-eighth Josh Reynolds led the way for his side.
But Bennett said it was Kahu’s “inability to know the rules” that led to the change in momentum.
Early in the second half, a Bulldogs dropout failed to go 10m and Kahu pounced on the ball in an attempt to score a try.
However, the winger was ruled offside because it didn’t go the 10m, leading to a penalty to the Bulldogs.
Bennett said after the match that while he knows Kahu will be disappointed, he should know the rules of the game.
NRL: Wayne Bennett admits Jordan Kahu’s brain fade was a crucial moment in their game against the Bulldogs.
“It was a pretty crucial moment in the game,” Bennett said.
“If you look at his game overall, he had a really good game. But he’s played enough football to know what the rules are. It’s no one else’s fault.
“He’ll be disappointed like the rest of us will be. The issue is it swung the momentum of the game. They scored in the next set. Then they grew an arm and leg and scored a couple of sets again later.
“We had to fight our way back. We gave ourselves a real chance but it didn’t happen.”
Bennett said he would not speak to Kahu about the incident, but he certainly made his message loud and clear while addressing the media.
Things looked promising for the visitors in the first half, with their defence almost unbreakable.
They pushed through a crucial period just after the midway point of the first half, holding the Bulldogs out for three repeat sets to go into the break with a 7-0 lead.
But they could not produce the same heroics in the second forty minutes and their playmakers had few answers for the dominant Bulldogs.
The conditions did not help either side, with the ANZ pitch completely waterlogged.
Rain fell consistently throughout the match and puddles were evident across the field.
Brisbane will need to turn things around next week, as they prepare to meet the table-topping Roosters at home.
CANTERBURY 10 (B Abbey J Reynolds tries B Abbey goal) bt BRISBANE 7 (S Thaiday try J Kahu goal J Kahu field goal) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Matt Cecchin, Chris James. Crowd: 7,412.
NRL: The Bulldogs stood behind their under-fire coach and upset the Broncos for just their second win of the season.
Originally published as Bennett blames loss on Kahu blunder