Selwyn Cobbo scores hat trick as Brisbane Broncos see off Newcastle Knights

Brisbane took a giant step towards locking down a top-eight spot after a Selwyn Cobbo hat-trick helped seal a 28-10 win over Newcastle Knights.

Adam Reynolds was full of praise for his young winger afterwards – one of his tries coming from an accurate kick from the half-back.

“I just thought I’d throw one at him and he was good enough to finish it,” Reynolds said after the game.

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Reynolds and Cobbo have formed a charming relationship, as the former Rabbitohs star has with many of his new teammates.

“He makes me look good,” Cobbo said of his captaincy.

Adding Reynolds to the squad has done so much, both on and off the pitch – and now, with this victory, they are all but assured of football’s final for the first time since 2019 – an eternity in the Broncos years.

They were below their best for much of tonight’s win at Suncorp Stadium, especially after the break, where they entered the hangars with an 18-0 lead.

“We don’t want to go through these flats, we have big games coming up which will be a better test for us,” Reynolds said afterwards.

“Tonight was a step in the right direction.”

Despite a clear divide in class, terrible mistakes and poor decisions prevented Brisbane from extending their lead, before the Knights pulled back two tries in quick succession to make it an eight-point game with 15 minutes remaining.

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Instead, Cobbo scored his second and third tries of the night, bringing the full-time margin to the same level as after 40 minutes.

“We just need to be better – there are times when we make mistakes, mistakes, seven sets of tackles, that sort of thing. We don’t want to do that, but obviously it’s going to hurt us in the big games,” Reynolds said.

Brisbane still have a bit of work to do to ensure they secure a home final this year – and a win next week against the Storm will go a long way to locking it down.

With the Eels and Roosters just below them in seventh and eighth place, there’s a world where the Broncos need to win all of their games to clinch a top six, let alone top four.

But with Reynolds kicking the song, Wally Lewis Medal winner Patrick Carrigan will soon be back and with a confident backline, they’ll feel great.

Corey Oates was at his best, while fullback Te Maire Martin gave them some much needed stability at the back.

For the Knights, there’s really no danger in getting the wooden spoon, but not much else to play either – as their performance showed.

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