Nightmare for Adam Reynolds as Broncos star is withdrawn with a HIA on his 250th NRL appearance as Brisbane suffer DISASTROUS first half against finals rivals Parramatta
- Adam Reynolds has suffered a nightmare 250th appearance in the NRL
- The 32-year-old failed a HIA and was forced to sit out the Parramatta game
- Brisbane fell to a 6-31 deficit in the first half with their poor form continuing
- The Broncos are at risk of missing out on finals in spectacular fashion
Adam Reynolds’ 250th NRL appearance has not gone according to plan with the Broncos superstar withdrawn early with a HIA.
Reynolds was surrounded by friends and loved ones ahead of Friday night’s game with the 32-year-old celebrating hitting the milestone after 10 years in the competition.
However, the halfback suffered a nightmare evening and was deemed unable to continue after being hit with a head knock during the first half at Suncorp Stadium.
Adam Reynolds suffered a nightmare 250th NRL appearance after failing a HIA assessment
The development came as a huge blow to Kevin Walter’s side, who are looking over their shoulders with their seemingly secure place in the finals now on a knife edge after a terrible run of form.
The Broncos’ woes continued in Brisbane with Mitchell Moses running riot for the visitors as the Eels stormed to a 22-0 lead.
A Brenko Lee try before the break saw the Broncos claw the deficit back to 16 points, but Clint Gutherson restored the Eels’ lead to give the hosts a big mountain to climb in the second half to get a result, without their star man.
Parramatta wrapped up a home semi-final after cruising to a scintillating 53-6 NRL win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium, leaving the Broncos’ finals hopes in tatters.
The massacre by the electric Eels was devastating for eighth-placed Brisbane’s for and against.
That dire scenario was compounded by prop Tom Flegler being put on report for a shoulder charge on Reagan Campbell-Gillard before being taken to hospital with a throat injury.
The Broncos, walloped 60-12 the previous week by Melbourne, are on 28 competition points with a points difference of -26.
Reynolds cuts a dejected figure after his night ended early due to a concussion issue
The door is now open for Canberra, in ninth on 26 points and with a -25 points difference, to move into the top eight with a win over Manly on Saturday.
The fifth-placed Eels, on 32 points, will now finish sixth at worst and are still a chance of making it into fourth if they beat Melbourne next week and the Storm lose to the Roosters on Friday night.
Eels back-rower Shaun Lane was in rampant form and had three try involvements by half-time.
Winger Maika Sivo scored his 12th try in nine games against Brisbane after Lane unleashed a killer offload to ignite the Eels.
Lane put Sivo away and the flying Fijian kicked infield with superb skill for Tom Opacic to make it 12-0.
Parramatta handed the Broncos a second drubbing in succession, scoring over 50 points
Eels half Mitchell Moses ignited one try for Clint Gutherson and started and finished a movement to score himself.
Lane iced the first half with another blockbusting run and offload to hand Gutherson his second try and give the Eels a 31-6 lead at the break.
Brisbane lost Kobe Hetherington to an HIA in the second-half and Brenko Lee with a leg injury to compound their woes.
The Eels kicked away with four more tries as Gutherson reigned supreme.
The form of the Broncos, now with four losses in their past five games, has fallen off a cliff. The Eels have regained their mojo with four wins out of their last five and loom as genuine title threats.