SAD DAY: Justin Hodges consoles Matt Gillett after the grand final defeat to Cowboys.
SAD DAY: Justin Hodges consoles Matt Gillett after the grand final defeat to Cowboys. GETTY IMAGES

Video nasty something Broncos had to watch

It was painful, depressing and very difficult to watch, but also compulsory viewing so Matt Gillett and his Brisbane teammates could learn and quickly move on.

Some players never watch a losing grand final, especially one as painful as the 2015 NRL decider, which Brisbane led until the final minute before losing to the Cowboys in golden point.

But Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett made all of his players sit down and watch a video of the heartbreaking loss so they could identify areas where they fell down under pressure.

"It's something you don't really want to do because it's so depressing to think about," Gillett revealed to APN on the eve of Brisbane's 2016 season opener against Parramatta in Sydney on Thursday night.

Brisbane led 16-12 with a few seconds on the clock before North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston evaded some tired defence to link with Michael Morgan, whose magic flick pass put winger Kyle Feldt in for a try to level the scores.

Thurston missed the conversion, but a field goal in golden point won the game 17-16.

"To get over something like that, you have to sit down and watch it," Gillett said.

"Wayne and his coaching staff made us all sit through it to help us get over it and move on as a group.

"There were just simple things we'd done well through the year that we didn't get right on the night.

"You have to do those simple things right every minute, every second of the game or it can cost you dearly."

Gillett said Bennett was big on getting his point across to players when they made an error or a bad decision.

"The thing with Wayne is he gets the best out of you week in, week out - team meetings are pretty honest," the Queensland representative said.

"There's no hiding if you did something wrong. It's all talked about face-to-face in the team meetings, which is a good thing.

"Wayne says it how he sees it which is what you need. You need that honesty."

The 2010 Dally M Rookie of the Year is excited about Brisbane's chances of going one better with aggressive forward Josh McGuire (ruptured Achilles) back in the side, and speedster James Roberts taking over from retired skipper Justin Hodges at right centre.

However, Gillett said the players weren't feeling any added pressure now that everyone was back on the Broncos bandwagon.

"I think there was a lot more pressure on us last year, with a new coach and a lot of expectation," he said.

"This year we just have to make sure we put our best performance out in the paddock every week."


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