There wasn’t a lot of positives for Brisbane on Friday night, but one heartwarming moment provided a silver lining.

There wasn’t a lot of positives for Brisbane or their fans on Friday night, but one heartwarming moment provided a silver lining to a heavy defeat.

Broncos young gun Jordan Riki’s parents watched their son in action for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, although the Broncos were well beaten, 46-6.

Janelle and Ra Riki were interviewed at half time in Darwin while watching their son play in the NRL for the first time ever, after having not seen him for nearly two years.

“It was pretty emotional, I probably cried a bit on the plane on the way over,” Janelle said.

The pair booked a flight from Christchurch as soon as plans for a travel bubble were announced, and plan to stay in Australia for two weeks.

Video of Janelle hugging Jordan at training surfaced earlier in the week.

“I was trying not to cry in that moment but it was just amazing to see him, he’s got a wee bit bigger since the last time I saw him so I was on my tippy toes,” she said.

“It was amazing to just hug him and hold him.”

Riki was a late call-up to the starting side after a late calf injury to captain Alex Glenn.

“We just knew that he was going to be on the bench but to get a chance to run on the field early, we’ll take it,” Ra said.

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