Broncos catch Bunnies on the hop in Sydney
COACH Wayne Bennett's message to his young players was received loud and clear as Ben Hunt, Jordan Kahu, Anthony Milford and Corey Oates starred in Brisbane's biggest win of the season over South Sydney.
When the two teams met in round one in March, Souths won 36-6. But Brisbane showed in the return clash just how far they'd come with last night's 47-12 win and how dangerous they will be in the finals.
Kahu grabbed a first half double, Oates crossed in the opening 40 minutes with a 90 metre effort while Hunt snared a hat-trick.
And Milford, who produced one of his best games, iced the win in style, sprinting 30 metres for his second try in the 76th minute before potting a field goal for practice.
Bennett said before the clash a string of tough games against the top sides in the last few round would give his younger players some valuable experience heading into next month's finals.
The Broncos moved back into the outright lead in the race for the minor premiership with one game to play at home next weekend against Melbourne who are fighting to stay in the top eight.
The loss though could prove extremely costly with Souths now in real danger of dropping to seventh if Cronulla beat Parramatta today, hooker Issac Luke, who has a poor judiciary record, looking at a few weeks on the sidelines after being placed on report for yet another shoulder charge and utility John Sutton suffering a suspected broken leg.