Teenager Corey Oates was called on to replace a suspended Sam Thaiday in the Broncos make or break game this Friday night.
The Broncos have managed to survive the last two weeks with wins over the Dragons and the Knights, however, Friday night’s clash with Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park is a crucial game for both sides.
With their season on the line, Broncos were dealt a blow this week when Thaiday lost his battle at the NRL judiciary and will miss the all important game due to a dangerous tackle.
His replacement, 19 year old Corey Oates made his NRL debut against the Storm last season and was named the 2013 Brisbane Broncos season’s rookie of the year.
Tipped to play an important role at the Broncos this season, Oates was held back by a number of injuries.
A demotion eight weeks ago for a midweek drinking session gave him the focus he needed to perform for the club.
Arguably the biggest test of his career so far, Oates remains determined to help the Broncos get to the finals despite facing personal turmoil in the last few weeks after the loss of his grandma.
The Broncos cannot be kicked out of the finals if they win in what will be Coach Anthony Griffin’s 100th game for the club, with players are hoping it’s not his last.