June 15, 2024

The Brisbane Broncos destroyed the Parramatta Eels 54-10 at the Gabba on Friday night, causing the team’s long-suffering supporters to endure yet another year of pain.

The outcome keeps the Broncos in the running for the minor premiership, as skipper Adam Reynolds passed Jonathan Thurston to become the fourth-highest pointscorer in team history and only the second player to hit 1000 goals in his career.

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On their route to the NRL Grand Final, the Eels crushed the Broncos 53-6 about this time last year.

However, the Broncos have exacted their retribution, thus ending the Eels’ season.

The Broncos were merciless, rushing in nine tries to two and putting the Eels to the sword in a vicious beat down.

The crushing defeat destroyed the Eels’ for-and-again record, and they now need to defeat the Roosters and Panthers with confidence if they are to have any chance of making it into the eight. Despite this, it is becoming almost unbelievable that the Eels are not mathematically guaranteed a spot in the final eight.

Additionally, they won’t have halfback to help them. Moses Mitchell.

Despite playing the first forty minutes of the match and suffering a damaged eye socket early in the half, Moses did not return after halftime.

Following the outcome, the frequently cited statistic that no side has ever won a premiership after giving up 50 points in a game went viral on social media.

It would bring the NRL’s longest premiership drought into its 38th year; the team last won in 1986.

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