Baby Broncos defeat erratic Canberra in a golden point thriller


A LATE fight back by the Canberra Raiders was not enough for the Canberra Raiders as they went down 25-24 in extra-time to an inexperienced Bronco's outfit.

The Raiders were down 24-0 with just 15 minutes to go before the Raiders scored 24 points in just nine minutes.

Despite being minus their five Origin stars the Broncos were clinical for the first three-quarters of the match before a mammoth Raider's comeback.

The Broncos were in early through Captain Alex Glenn in the 7th minute after he beat three defenders to score.

The Broncos were in again through Dale Copley in the 15th minute after capitalising on some good field position following a Raider's error.

Neither teams looked convincing the 20 minutes after the try, as both sides repeatedly dropped the ball. However points came again in the 36th minutes through a Bronco's penalty goal to give the home side a 12-point lead.

The Broncos were on the score board again only a minute later after a wonderful kick return from the kick off from David Hala. The forward set the platform for some great play out wide from the home side who scored their third try through centre Dale Copley. 

The Broncos came back from the second half with the same intensity as the Raiders continued to struggle conceding some silly penalties to give their opponents good field position.

The home side scored their first try of the half in the 51st through Josh Hoffman after a lovely cut out pass from Peter Wallace who added the extras to give the Broncos a 24 point lead.

The young Bronco's side continued to dominate until the 64th minutes after Josh Papalii muscled his way over to score for the away side and kick off their fight back. Blake Ferguson added the extras.

Papalii was over again only a minute over after another strong run and the Raiders were only two converted tries behind once Ferguson added the extras.

The Raiders were in again only a few minutes later after some nice breaks down the left side and Glenn Buttriss was over.  Blake Ferguson's conversion was successful again to make it a six point ball-game with 10 minutes to go.

A good run by Shaun Fensom gave the Raiders some good field position and they were over again in 72nd minute after Jarrod Crocker A well weigh scored following a well weighted bomb from five-eight Josh McCrone. Ferguson added the extras to equal the scores.

Both sides attempted some ambitious field goals in the last minutes of regular time nobody was successful. 

The Broncos were given first touch of the ball in extra time but could not get into the correct field position. However were given another chance after the Raiders were also unable to score any points.

The home-side made the most of their second set making some good metres up the middle to allow Peter Wallace to kick a field goal from 30 metres out and give the Broncos a deserved victory.

The young Broncos side will not doubt be able to take a lot out this match, they were all over the Raiders for 60 minutes before taking their foot of the pedal and letting the away side back into the match. 

Match Details
Brisbane Broncos 25 defeated Canberra Raiders 24
National Rugby League - Round 14 - Sunday June 12, 2011 2:00pm
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Jason Robinson and Brett Suttor
Video Referee: Phil Cooley
Touch Judges: David Abood and Chris Butler
Crowd: 21,378
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 18 Canberra Raiders 0

Tries: Josh Hoffman, Alex Glenn, Gerard Beale, Dale Copley
Field Goals: Peter Wallace (1/1)
Conversions: Peter Wallace (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Peter Wallace (1/1)

Tries: Glen Buttriss, Jarrod Croker, Josh Papalii (2)
Conversions: Blake Ferguson (4/4) Live Commentary Good Afternoon folks and welcome to Suncorp Stadium for the Sunday afternoon clash between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canberra Raiders. The sun is out at the moment and it should be an interesting game with both sides missing some key players either due to Origin or injury.

The home side have made no changes to their 17 named on Tuesday. David Furner has made one late change to the Raider side with Josh Papalii replacing Josh Miller on the bench.

The Broncos came away with the points the last time these two sides met all they way back in round 2 of the competition, however they may struggle without their Origin stars in Lockyer, Yow Yeh, Parker, Thaiday and Hannant.
The Raiders may pull off a massive comeback in the Toyota Cup here. The away side were 30-6 at half-time and have managed to fight their way back into the match and now only trail by 6 points with 12 minutes to go.
Canberra have tied up the scores in the Toyota cup with a converted try, score is 34- all now with a minute to go.
We have a draw in Toyota Cup, with both sides finishing the match on 34 points after a mammoth fight back by the Raiders who were down 30-4 at half-time.
Both teams have come onto the field and we should be under way shortly.
2 min: Broncos make 70 metres on their first set, but it end with a kick going straight down the throat of the Canberra fullback in the in goal.
3 min: First penalty of the game goes to Canberra after a high shot on Stewart.
5 min: Sam Williams throws a forward pass to Fensom and the Broncos are off the hook.
6 min: Penalty to the Bronco 30 metres out.
7 min: TRY
A nice inside pass from Wallace to Alex Glenn results in a try, after Glenn manages to break a few attempted tackles. Peter Wallace has the goal kicking duties today and his conversion is successful. Broncos 6 Raiders 0.
Brisbane Broncos 6-0
8 min: A wonderful 40/20 from Bronco's hokker Andrew McCullough, and the Broncos have an opportunity to score back to back tries.
8 min: The Broncos will get a repeat set after Wallace puts a neat little grubber into the in goal and Ferguson is forced to bat it dead.
9 min: A penalty to the Broncos, they decide to take the tap.
10 min: Canberra are off the hook after Anderson tries to offload during a tackle and the Raiders intercept it.
12 min: Canberra are off the hook after Anderson tries to offload during a tackle and the Raiders intercept it.
13 min: The Raiders lose the ball only 20 out from their own line.
15 min: TRY
Dale Copley gets underneath the defence and scores the Bronco's second try. Conversion from Peter Wallace is unsuccessful. Broncos lead 10-0
Brisbane Broncos 10-0
16 min: Nice break by Carlaw, he's tackled 30 out from the Raider's line.
17 min: Penalty to the Raiders.
18 min: Raiders spill the ball again, this time 30 out from the Bronco's line.
19 min: Gagai spills the ball after some questionable passes from the Bronco's.
20 min: Nathan Massey tries to pass after being tackled and Kenny cleans it up for the Broncos.
20 min: Broncos now spill the ball and Shillington picks it up for the away side.
22 min: Alan Tongue puts up a bomb but it's knocked on by his team mate Ferguson.
26 min: Learoyd-Lahrs drops it again. Raiders have only completed 7 from 12 of their sets.
30 min: Wallace puts up a bomb and Jack Reed flies through to get to it before Massey, but Reed knocks it on.
32 min: Raiders will get a set in the Bronco's half after Glenn knocks the ball for the home side.
34 min: Massey drops the ball cold and the Broncos are off the hook.
Broncos get a penalty a few metres from the Raider's line and they take the 2.
Brisbane Broncos 12-0
37 min: TRY
A great kick return from Dave Hala from the kick off starts off the Bronco's set and leads to some brilliant attacking play from the Bronco's who take advantage of numbers out wide and score through Gerard Beale. Conversion attempt by Wallace is successful
Brisbane Broncos 18-0
38 min: A penalty to the Broncos and they will get another shot at the Raider's line.
39 min: Another penalty to Broncos after a strip and they will take another shot at the Raider's line.
40 min: Wallace knocks the ball on for the Broncos and that's the half.
41 min: We're under way in the second half. Let's see if the Raiders can stage a comeback.
42 min: Raiders have managed to hold onto the ball in their first set of the half, but only just, with Massey nearly knocking the ball on in the first tackle.
44 min: A nice set from the Raiders, but concede a penalty to give the Broncos piggyback up the field.
45 min: McCullough drops the ball straight from dummy half after Tongue knocks the ball straight out of his hand.
46 min: TLL drops the ball backwards in a tackle and Reed knocks it on as he tries to scoop up the loose ball.
47 min: The Raiders may have scored here through Crocker after Gaigai failed to clean up a Raider's kick. Video Ref decision pending.
47 min: No try, Crocker failed to ground the ball.
47 min: Stuart bats out a Wallace grubber and the Bronco's will get a scrum feed 10 out from the Raider's line.
51 min: TRY
A lovely pass from Wallace and Hoffman makes a nice run to the try line. Conversion attempt from Peter Wallace is successful. Brisbane now lead 24-0
Brisbane Broncos 24-0
56 min: The Raiders are just not in it at the moments, the Broncos are all over them in attack and defence.
60 min: The Raiders have been completing their sets but have not even looked close to coming back into the match due to some very flat unimaginative play.
63 min: The Raiders make a raid down the right hand side and looked almost certain to score but Gagai knocks down a Crocker pass and Canberra will get another chance.
64 min: TRY
Some creativity from the Raiders in attack and Josh Papalii makes a nice little run to the try line. Conversion is successful. Brisbane 24 Raiders 6.
Brisbane Broncos 24-6
66 min: The Raiders will have an opportunity to score a back to back here after Moylan knocks on.
67 min: TRY
The Raiders are over again after a strong run from Papalii, the Raiders might not be dead yet. Ferguson adds the extras and the Bronco's lead is reduced to 12
Brisbane Broncos 24-12
70 min: TRY
The Raiders have scored again, through Glenn Buttriss this time. Ferguson kicks an easy conversion. We have a six point ball game. Broncos 24 Raiders 6.
Brisbane Broncos 24-16
71 min: Fensom makes a nice break and the Raiders are on the attack again.
71 min: Fensom makes a nice break and the Raiders are on the attack again.
72 min: Crocker may have scored here after a nice bomb by McCronin.
72 min: TRY
It's a try. Jarrod Crocker has scored for the Raiders after a bomb from McCrone. The conversion from Ferguson is successful. We have a tied ball game.
24 all
74 min: The Broncos looked promising in their first set in 10 minutes.
75 min: We've had our first field goal attempt through Sam Williams but it never looker close.
77 min: McCron attempts a field goal from 20 out but just misses.
79 min: The Raiders make their first mistake of the second half at the worst time.
80 min: We have a draw after 80 minutes.
81 min: Broncos have just completed the first set of extra time.
84 min: FIELD GOAL
Beautiful field goal from Peter Wallace and the Broncos have got it. 25-24
Brisbane Broncos 25-24

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