The Brisbane Broncos have jumped back into the top eight with a 36-10 defeat of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles this afternoon at Suncorp Stadium in front of 32,000 fans.
Manly came into the game weakened - despite the addition of Kieran Foran and Jamie Lyon to their line-up, they lost Daly Cherry-Evans and Anthony Watmough to injury before the game and it showed. For Brisbane, they lost Justin Hodges but reveled in their first daylight clash of the season.
The opening 20 minutes set the tone for the match, with Lachlan Maranta kicking things off for Brisbane after scooping up a dubious Copley error/rake in the fifth minute. A bizarre Alex Glenn try (originally thought to be Daniel Vidot's) and Jack Reed flying over in the corner put the Broncos up 14-0 before Manly stemmed the flow. At the 26th minute the Sea Eagles crossed through Steve Matai, only to be denied by an obstruction ruled by the video referee.
Brisbane extended their lead just minutes later with Jack Reed doubling his effort, before Manly's Kieran Foran sold a dummy to get his side on the board in the 35th.
The Broncos never really looked troubled in the second half despite the odd moment of pressure from Manly, Dale Copley bagging his double in the 45th and 65th minutes before Jamie Buhrer helped Manly crack double figures. Matt Gillett typified the Sea Eagles' day by swooping on an error and running 95 metres to score the final try of the match.
The Sea Eagles will be sweating on the fitness of several players, not least their halves. DCE missed today's game and Kieran Foran limped off late with his foot iced. They host Canterbury at Brookvale on Friday in a match crucial to the make-up of the top four. Brisbane have an eight-day break before they go to Canberra for Monday Night Football in the Nation's Capital.