Controversy surrounded the Battle of Brisbane as the NRL‘s obstruction rule came under scrutiny once again. The match had barely begun when Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, who recently made a successful transition to fullback, showcased his skills on the left side of the field. However, his try was disallowed due to an obstruction caused by prop Connelly Lemuelu colliding with Adam Reynolds.
While the decision was technically correct, it left a sour taste for Broncos fans, including former player Corey Parker, who believed Reynolds had little impact on the play. Critics like Phil Gould also criticised the rule on social media, emphasizing that Reynolds had no intention of chasing Tabuai-Fidow.
Despite the controversy, the Broncos led 14-6 at halftime, with Tabuai-Fidow struggling to find his rhythm in his new position.
The match itself held historic significance as it marked the first NRL game played at the Gabba. Both teams’ home ground, Suncorp Stadium, had been temporarily relocated due to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The packed crowd demonstrated the unwavering support of rugby league fans wherever the game is played. Gould echoed the sentiment, questioning why it took so long to establish a second team in Brisbane given the enthusiastic response from supporters. With such passion on display, it’s difficult to comprehend why the Dolphins weren’t included in the competition earlier.