BRISBANE representative forward Matt Gillett believes halfback Ben Hunt's golden-point try to snatch a 22-18 thriller over the Roosters at the weekend is proof how far he has come in the last 12 months.
Hunt scored two tries in Brisbane's fifth straight win after an opening loss to defending premier South Sydney, but it was his effort to back himself when the game was on the line that impressed many rugby league commentators.
Hunt (pictured) had taken a few poor last-play options and also kicked out on the full at a crucial stage of the game, but when he took off for the try line and produced a Johnathan Thurston-like show-and-go to beat Roosters fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck he went from villain to hero with fans and coach Wayne Bennett.
"If he did make a few mistakes like that he would drop his head and go into his shell a little bit, but on Friday night he knew he had to get on with it and he ended up winning the game for us, which shows you how far he has come," Gillett said.
Teammate Alex Glenn, who dismissed concerns about his contract talks dragging on into the season, singled out Sam Thaiday as the player who was energising the team.
Coach Wayne Bennett had relegated him to the bench before promoting him back to the starting pack for the clash with the Roosters.
It proved to be the catalyst for a top performance from Thaiday, as he staged a verbal and physical 80-minute war with enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.
"Whether it is to do with his (Thaiday's) contract talks I don't know, but, personally, I thought he played one of the best games I have seen him play in some time," Glenn said.
"We all fed off the way he was playing and he really stood up to the Roosters' big forward pack and showed no fear and that instilled a lot of confidence in me and the other players as well."
Meanwhile, in other league news Penrith centre Jamal Idris' season is over after rupturing his ACL against Manly, while Cronulla forward Andrew Fifita (four weeks) and Dragons forward Tyson Frizzell (two weeks) are both looking at time on the sidelines through suspension.
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