Friday April 18, 2014 @ 07:40pm
Newcastle Knights
Brisbane Broncos
Hunter Stadium
Half time Score: 6
Crowd: 22254
Half time Score: 16

Match Review

The Brisbane Broncos have scored a 32-6 win over the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium in front of 22,254 fans.

The first stages of the first half looked like the Knights were going to dominate the match creating several repeat sets and bending the Broncos defensive line yet they couldn't actually take advantage of the pressure that was created.

It wasn't until Matt Gillett took an intercept on his own line that the Broncos began creating their own pressure and several tackles later they were able to cross through Alex Glenn who took advantage of a Jack Reed tap back.

A mistake off the kick off put the pressure back on the Broncos but like earlier in the half the Knights wereunable to capitalise whether that was through side to side football or lack of communication with several times the Knights being caught on the last tackle.

The Broncos on the other hand when they got upfield they seemed to be finding points with ease, Matt Gillett crossed for the Broncos second try when he steamed through off a Ben Barba inside ball and went straight over Darius Boyd one-on-on to slam the ball down. Corey Parker converted the goal from next to the posts and the Broncos had a 10-0 lead.

Soon after the Broncos scored again off the back of some good attack but helped even more so by the Knights not playing to the whistle, they stood and watched Ben Barba race around to score think Daniel Vidot had gone into touch however Brett Suttor kept the flag down and subsequent Video Referee review showed Vidot kept his feet in the air so wasn't out. That took the score out to 16-0 before close to halftime Korbin Sims showed great strength to barge over and take the score back to 16-6.

The Knights had one more chance before the break but couldn't capitalise so the score remained 16-6 at the main break.

The opening stages of the second half could only be described as frantic, with both sides going from end to end and it was the Knights who were able to create great attacking pressure but again like the first half they struggled to put the points on the board.

The Knights continued to be their own worst enemy with every time they were able to create attacking pressure, they managed to blow it with a simple error to cough up possession.

It took the Broncos almost half an hour to score the first points of the second half when Dale Copley took advantage of firstly a great run from Ben Barba then a great offload to score the Broncos fourth try of the night.

The Broncos then were able to cross again in the 75th minute through Ben Hannant, then again in the 80th minute through Josh Hoffmann off the back of a great flick pass from Corey Parker.

The games don't get any easier for both sides next weekend with the Knights travelling to ANZ Stadium to take on the one point wonders the Canterbury Bulldogs whilst the Brisbane Broncos host the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp next Friday night.

Players of the Match

3. Ben Hunt

2. Jake Mamo

1. Andrew McCullough

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