Broncos slump to their worst ever start
Pressure is beginning to build at Red Hill after the Broncos were defeated 26-22 by shared ladder leaders Canberra in their crucial Easter Sunday clash.
In front of 17,193 fans at GIO Stadium, Brisbane have equaled their worst start to a season, falling to just the one win from their opening six games.
Not since the 1999 Broncos has Brisbane started the season with a 1-5 win-loss ratio and history suggests it will be difficult for them to break their premiership drought from here.
Brisbane's defence has been an issue so far this season and with the 26 points scored against them last night, it takes them to their most points conceded (141) in their opening six rounds since 2010.
It was a scrappy defensive effort by the Broncos last night which allowed the Raiders to come from behind 14-16 with 20 minutes to go.
Tries to Raiders John Bateman and Ryan Sutton came off lapses in the Broncos defence and cemented Canberra's fifth win of the season.
The Broncos went into the match with the omission of Matt Lodge (injury) and Tevita Pangai Jr (suspension) while fullback Darius Boyd was hampered by a niggling knee injury going into the game.
Brisbane's forwards were strong last night with each enforcer running for more than 100m each to build momentum down the middle.
But the Broncos just simply couldn't crack through Canberra's strong defence.
It was billed as a crucial match for Brisbane as they went into the match with a worrying 1-4 start to the season and they failed to deliver.
The Broncos were always going to find it difficult to find points coming up against the best defence in the NRL this year.
The Raiders went into the match having conceded the fewest points and linebreaks of any team and they proved the better team last night.
Despite a valiant effort towards the back end of the game, it was too little too late for the Broncos as they slumped to their fourth loss in a row.
It sets up a must-win clash at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night against a struggling Cronulla side.
Boyhood Broncos fan Nick Cotric opened the scoring for Canberra in the seventh minute during the Raiders' first attacking set near the tryline.
Broncos halfback Kodi Nikorima hit back 10 minutes later to even the scores but a double through Canberra's BJ Leilua took the Raiders out to a 14-4 lead into halftime.
The Broncos were valiant out of the sheds to take the lead 16-14 through a clever Anthony Milford kick to allow winger Corey Oates to score.
But back-to-back Canberra tries, including one straight through Payne Haas on the tryline, took their lead out to 26-18.
A late try to Bronco Jack Bird had Brisbane back in the hunt at 26-22 with a minute to go but in the end it was Canberra's defence which held them out.