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Just 24 hours after Sydney's inner west was hit by a widespread bus strike, tonight it looked like the Tigers' much talked about 'bus' was losing its wheels as the Broncos scored six unanswered tries across the eighty minutes to account for the visiting side comfortably.
It was a slippery start at Lang Park, with handling conditions not ideal after a day of rain in South East Queensland. The relatively small Brisbane crowd was treated to a three-try first half, starting with Tautau Moga's 12th minute effort near the posts.
Alex Glenn crossed the stripe next in the 23rd minute before a Korbin Sims try made it 18-0 eleven minutes later, scoring the Broncos' third. Jordan Kahu converted all three in what was a perfect night with the boot, eventually finishing with six from as many attempts.
Kahu was next to get on the scorers sheet with a four-pointer of his own just before the halftime siren. The last two tries were added during a ten minute period in which James Tedesco sat in the sheds having been sin-binned for holding down after a Broncos break.
The second half saw the hosts kick on with Kodi Nikorima and Anthony Milford both crossing, but the key story from the second half were what appeared to be serious injuries to Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough and Wests Tigers' utility Josh Aloiai, both coming away from tackles worse for wear. McCullough appeared to lose consciousness making a tackle and had to be stabilised and medicabbed off the ground at the 58th minute just after Milford's try.
Aloiai was felled in the 74th minute with what looked like a nasty knee injury after his leg bent awkwardly in a tackle. His leg was braced before he too was loaded into the medicab and taken from the field to the applause of the Suncorp crowd.
The result was the Wests Tigers playing out the game with 12 men, having used all their interchanges prior to the Aloiai injury, but they were able to stem the Broncos' tide and not concede any further points as the contest wound down, Brisbane finishing 36-0 winners.
Brisbane head across to Mt Smart Stadium next Saturday to face an equally out-of-form Warriors, while the Wests Tigers have a weekend off to collect their thoughts before they are the away side at ANZ Stadium in Round 13 against the Dragons on Saturday June 3rd.
Brisbane Broncos 36 - Wests Tigers 0
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 24 Wests Tigers 0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Kodi Nikorima
2 points - Joe Ofahengaue
1 points - Anthony Milford
BRISBANE BRONCOS (36)
Tries: Tautau Moga, Jordan Kahu, Alex Glenn, Korbin Sims, Kodi Nikorima, Anthony Milford
Conversions: Jordan Kahu (6/6)
WESTS TIGERS (0)