Bad attitude cost Broncos, says Matt Gillett
RUGBY LEAGUE: Representative forward Matt Gillett stopped short of saying Brisbane was guilty of complacency against Parramatta last weekend, but admitted the team's attitude in the first half was poor.
The Eels ambushed the Broncos last Friday night at Suncorp Stadium, and Gillett (pictured) warned a similar performance would see them struggle in this weekend's local derby with the high-flying Titans on the Gold Coast.
"You could just feel it before the game we were a little bit flat," said Gillett, who could come up against Titan's giant and State of Origin selection rival Dave Taylor on Friday night.
"All the boys were a bit quiet before the game, but that's no excuse. We turned up with a bad attitude as opposed to previous weeks when we've been upbeat about everything.
"It was pretty disappointing."
The experts were tipping the Titans would struggle this season after being flogged 42-12 by the Wests Tigers in round two.
But with fullback William Zillman (hamstring) and playmaker Aidan Sezer (quad cork) both spectators on Sunday, the Titans moved into the outright premiership lead with an upset 28-26 win over Melbourne at AAMI Park.
Meanwhile, tireless Titans forward Ashley Harrison, a premiership winner with Brisbane and a key member of Queensland's record-breaking Origin side since 2006, announced yesterday he would retire at the end of the season despite still having another year to run on his contract.