Brave Broncos beat brutal Warriors

In what started off a relatively one sided affair with the Warriors quickly running out to a 12-0 lead thanks to early tried to Simon Mannering and Sam Tomkins was shifted back into balance by a brave Broncos outfit who refused to give-up, courtesy of big Ben Hannant who smashed the Warriors line to put the Broncos on the board. 

Tries by Ben Hunt and Jordan Kahu quickly followed to send the Broncos back to the sheds at half-time with a 16-12 lead. 

The second half was a more even affair and it looked as if any side could win the game - they both fought bravely and with intensity. Showing glimpses of both offensive and defensive brilliance to keep in the game. The first try of the second half came from some good passing by Simon Mannering to set Ben Henry up and suddenly, Warriors evened the scoreline. 

However, no sooner than a few minutes later, Corey Parker opted for a penalty goal to give his side the lead again and gain a two point buffer. This was short lasted as Ben Henry crossed for a double putting Warriors back in the lead thanks to the boot of Shaun Johnson

It took until the 63rd minute and a great ball recovery by Dale Copley to grab the ball and spring for the try line to get the Broncos back into the game. No sooner than two minutes later, Copley again crossed the try line to put the Broncos in-front (again). A lead which they would hold on to until the full-time siren despise a constant onslaught of attack from a brutal Warriors outfit. 

Next week will see the Broncos lay host to strong Storm outfit while the Warriors will take on the high-flying Sea Eagle back home in New Zealand.  


Match Details
Brisbane Broncos 28 New Zealand Warriors 22
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 37082
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 16 New Zealand Warriors 12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Ben Hunt
2 points - Corey Parker
1 point - Dale Copley

BRISBANE BRONCOS (28)
Tries: Ben Hannant, Ben Hunt, Jordan Kahu, Dale Copley (2)
Conversions: Corey Parker (3/5)
Penalty Goals: Corey Parker (1/1)

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (22)
Tries: Simon Mannering, Sam Tomkins, Ben Henry (2)
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (3/4)


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Kicking of soon we have the third and final game of your Saturday night football in the #RiseForAlex round. Where the Brisbane Broncos will lay host to the in-form New Zealand Warriors. The Warriors are coming off a big from last weeks destruction of the Eels while the Broncos come back from a single point loss handed to them by the Panthers.

Both teams are coming out of the tunnels now while they pay tribute to Alex Mckinnon as part of the #RiseForAlex round.

Game on! Warriors will start with the ball first.

1: UNFORCED ERROR BRISBANE BRONCOS
Corey Parker makes an unforced error.

Simple mistake here and not a good start here for the Broncos.

3: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Simon Mannering. Kick to come.

The captain himself breaks the line and gets the try. That was too easy for the skipper.

4: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johnson extends the early lead by converting Mannering's try.

6: A bit of a scuffle there for the ball but the Warriors come out with the ball. Six minutes in and the Warriors hold the lead 6-0.

9: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Sam Tomkins. Kick to come.

Tomkins with a quick play the ball dives over to add to the tally.

11: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johsnon's kick sails between the posts and they now lead 12-0.

13: We are 12 minutes into the first-half here with the Warriors leading the Broncos 12-0. Plenty of early pressure here on the Broncos, notable by the Broncos having already made 60+ tackles.

15: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Ben Hannant. Kick to come.

Big Ben smashes over for a four pointer and the Broncos are on the scoreboard!

17: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.

Parker converts the try, no issues. Broncos now trail 6 to 12. 17 minutes gone.

20: A bit of a technical glitch here on our end! But we are back on deck, with 18 minutes gone in the first-half the Warriors will hold the lead 12-6. Both teams have been tested thus far and we are getting a great game of footy in the #RiseForAlex round.

21: Warriors with a good chance here. 5m away from the Broncos line.

26: Broncos escape lucky there. Ball is knocked dead by Kahu after some mounting offensive pressure from the Warriors. Score remains 12-6.

26: We are going upstairs to the video ref here! Possible try to the Warriors. Referee has called a NO TRY.

27: NO TRY! Warriors get the red-lights and the score remains in favour of the Warriors 12-6. 26 minutes gone.

27: NO TRY! Warriors get the red-lights and the score remains in favour of the Warriors 12-6. 26 minutes gone.

28: Tomkins is cleaned-up in goal and the Warriors will kick a drop-out to give the Broncos a repeat set. 28 minutes gone in the half.

30: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Feleti Mateo makes an unforced error.

Mateo unlucky in that one. Makes an unforced error and the Broncos will pack the scrum.

33: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Ben Hunt. Kick to come.

Hunt busts the line and gets the ball down! Some beautiful work there to get past the Warriors defense.

34: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.

Parker converts the extras and the scores are locked even with just over five minutes remaining in the fist half.

38: We're going upstairs to the video ref here! Possible Broncos try. Ref has called it a TRY.

39: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Jordan Kahu. Kick to come.

Kahu gets the green lights and scores his first try of the season.

40: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker unsuccessful.

Parker hits the upright and he fails to convert Kahu's try.

40: Halftime here in Brisbane for the #RiseForAlex round and the Broncos go into the sheds with a 16-12 lead over the Warriors. The Warriors blew out to a early 12-0 lead but the Broncos fought back tough to take the lead going into half-time. Stay tuned, we'll be back for the second half!

40: A small video being played now in regards to the #RiseForAlex round. Where the NRL will be tributing $1.00 from every ticket sale.

40: Both teams coming back out of the sheds now for the second half! Only moments away from kick-off.

40: The second half is under away here at Suncorp. Broncos currently hold a 16-12 lead.

40: Tomkin's looked a bit shaken up after that tackle, but he is okay and we are back in play!

43: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Ben Henry. Kick to come.

After some shifting of the ball the Warriors find the try line through Ben Henry!

43: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson unsuccessful.

Johnson fails to convert, sails just right of the posts and the score is locked at 16 all now.

43: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL BRISBANE BRONCOS
Penalty goal attempt by Corey Parker successful.

The Broncos get the penalty and opt for the two. They take a slim 18-16 lead over the Warriors. 7 minutes gone in the second half.

49: We've stopped play here for a moment, Konrad Hurrell is being taken off field.

49: UNFORCED ERROR BRISBANE BRONCOS
Sam Thaiday makes an unforced error.

Thaiday didn't quite play that one properly and they loose a good opportunity.

51: We are going upstairs! Possible try to the Warriors. Ref has called it a TRY!

52: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Ben Henry. Kick to come.

He gets the green lights and the Warriors are in the lead again!

53: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.

Johnson converts it beautifully from out wide to extend the margin to four points. We are 13 minutes into the second half here.

59: Lowrie taken off-field after being shaken up in a tackle. Assisted by the trainers and play resumes shortly after.

60: Warriors get the dropout here and they will get a chance to test the Broncos defensive line.

63: We are at the 63:00 minute mark in the game. The Warriors hold a 22 to 18 lead over the Broncos currently.

63: Video ref! Possible TRY to the Broncos.

63: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Dale Copley. Kick to come.

Copley gets the green lights and we are now locked at 22 all with 16 minutes to play.

65: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker unsuccessful.

Parker kicks out wide and he fails to convert! Score remains 22 all.

65: Broncos with a massive line break there and they seem to be building some momentum here!

66: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Dale Copley. Kick to come.

Copley crashes across again within minutes to bag a double.

68: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.

Parker nails it this time. They Broncos are back in the lead.

71: We are inside the final ten minutes here. Broncos hold a six point lead over the Warriors.

74 : The Warriors are dragged into touch just metres short of the line and the Broncos escape lucky there!

74 : A very impressive attendance tonight at Suncrorp with 37,082 fans showing up for the #RiseForAlex round.

77: We are inside the final three minutes here. The Broncos have the scrum feed and the Warriors are looking for a last minute miracle!

80: FULL TIME! Broncos walk away with the two points in the #RiseForAlex round with a win over the Warriors, 28 points to 22. Stay tuned for our post-match report and more!

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