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It started as a scrappy affair with the errors mounting in the early minutes. Brisbane began to control and dominate the ruck mid-way through the first half which saw them collect first points.
Brisbane controlled majority of the game as they took a 14-0 lead into the break as Matt Gillett and Jack Reed crossed in the minutes before half time. Justin Hodges again in the action to provide the foundation for the points.
Korbin Sims gave Knights supporters some hope of a fightback in the second half as he surged over next to the uprights from a quick tap penalty. However, for Newcastle, that would be their own four-pointer of the match.
The Broncos opened the floodgates in the final 20 minutes as they ran in 34 unanswered points. Lachlan Maranta fired the first shot as he crossed via the hands of Dale Copley and Justin Hodges in the 60th minute.
Minutes later the Ben Barba showed started as he crafted a hat trick in 10 minutes. His speed and footwork saw him bring up three tries in the 61st, 66th and 71st minutes.
Corey Parker made it a night to remember as he became the Broncos second highest points scorer, over taking Michael De Vere. He now has Darren Lockyer's point tally to chase down to claim top position.
Brisbane ran riot over the Knights as they struggled to close the holes in their tiring defensive line. Newcastle were without the services of Jeremy Smith and Kade Snowden who were suspended following the results of the ASADA investigation.
Next week the Broncos host the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on Friday Night as they again fight for a top 8 position. Meanwhile Newcastle trek back to the Hunter as they prepare to face the Parramatta Eels on Saturday afternoon.
LATE MAIL: Newcastle - Jarrod Mullen is OUT with a corked calf, this sees Michael Dobson come into the halves. Travis Waddell starts at hooker, Adam Clydsdale moves to the bench. Jeremy Smith and Kade Snowden have been replaced on the interchange by Chris Houston and Joseph Tapine under their ASADA bans.
LATE MAIL: Brisbane - No changes for the home side, they take the field 1-17
FULL TIME in Under 20s action at Suncorp Stadium, the Brisbane Broncos have defeated top of the table, Newcastle Knights, 36-16. The win sees the club move to 2nd on the Holden Cup ladder with 2 games remaining.
1: We are UNDERWAY on Super Saturday at Suncorp Stadium as the Newcastle Knights kick off.
1: Ben Hunt completes the first set for the Knights, Knights come up with possession inside their 30 metre zone.
3: Ben Barba rolls a kick dead on the end of the set and the Knights will get a scrum feed 10 metres off their try line
4: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Dane Gagai makes an unforced error.
Dane Gagai fumbles the ball out of the back of the scrum on the first hit up and the Broncos will get an opportunity 10 metres out from the Knights line.
4: First penalty of the game comes, Beau Scott concedes for holding down. Brisbane attack 5 metres out from the Knights try line.
6: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Sione Mata'utia makes an unforced error.
Sione Mata'utia is belted across the top as he attempted to duck under the Broncos defence as the Knights shifted to the left side. Scrum packs for the Broncos 10 metres off their try line.
8: Andrew McCullough finds the sideline on the end of the set, it bounces over the line on the western side to give the Knights a scrum feed.
9: Penalty against the Knights here, offside is the call. Touch finder sees the Broncos attack from half way.
11: Sione Mata'utia concedes a line drop out as he forced the ball on the try line. Broncos come up with the possession now.
12: Sam Thaiday comes up with a high tackle, penalty awarded to give the Knights possession 35 metres out
14: Ben Hunt rockets a kick downfield on 1st tackle, no one down at home and the Broncos almost race away to score but it's dived on by Newcastle.
15: Mistake from the Knights hands back possession to the Broncos on half way
15: Daly Copley comes up with a fumble and the slippery conditions making handling an issue tonight.
16: The Broncos defuse the kick in goal, zero tackle 20 metre tap to follow.
17: Ben Barba pockets a grubber through the line, Brisbane just missing the bounce. Line drop out comes for Brisbane as a result.
19: Shoulder charge penalty, Lachlan Maranta knocked away from the Hunt kick on last tackle. Brisbane attacking 10 metres out from a quick tap
19: VIDEO REFEREE for the Broncos, we have a TRY for Daniel Vidot. Ground here.
20: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Daniel Vidot. Kick to come.
Daniel Vidot gets GREEN LIGHTS and first points on the board as the Brisbane shifted to the eastern side through Justin Hodges and Jack Reed. He dives over in the corner and plants the ball inside the corner post
21: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.
Corey Parker from the eastern sideline slots the conversion to extend this lead mid-way through the opening half
21: False start from the kick restart… we will have it again. Referee not ready
23: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Tyrone Roberts makes an unforced error.
Change over at the 10 metre line as Roberts fumbles the wayward pass on last tackle as he shaped to kick. Broncos with possession
25: Roberts' kick drifted away from everyone and it bounced awkwardly over the sideline. Scrum packs for the Broncos 20 metres from the half way line.
27: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Tyrone Roberts makes an unforced error.
Tyrone Roberts lost grip on last tackle and literally handed possession to the Broncos. ZERO TACKLE ruled and the Broncos attack 25 metres out from the Knights try line.
29: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Joseph Leilua makes an unforced error.
Joseph Leilua can't handle the ball, their completion rate drops under 50%. Possession hard to keep in the wet conditions. Broncos attack on half way
31: UNFORCED ERROR BRISBANE BRONCOS
Josh McGuire makes an unforced error.
Josh McGuire fumbles the ball in the ruck as they looked to play quickly, scrum packs for the Knights 20 metres off their own try line.
33: Penalty awarded for the Knights, high tackle on Joseph Leilua. Newcastle attack 15 metres out
34: VIDEO REFEREE for the Knights, we have NO TRY for Roberts
34: NO TRY for Tyrone Roberts, he grounds it on the dead ball line. 20m tap for the Broncos.
35: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Matt Gillett. Kick to come.
Matt Gillet has crashed over for the Broncos, a show and go from Justin Hodges set up the points as the Broncos make it a 10 point lead with a kick to come.
36: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Ben Hunt unsuccessful.
Ben Hunt has stepped in as goal kicker with Corey Parker off the field. From 20 metres wide of the posts on the right side, he fails to slot the points to extend the lead
39: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Jack Reed. Kick to come.
Jack Reed cracks the defend off a pin-point kick from Alex Glenn, he darts away from the back defenders and strolls over for the Broncos. Brilliant try from Brisbane.
41: Second half is UNDERWAY as the Broncos kick off. Not the best start as they concede a penalty on second tackle. Newcastle attack 10 metres out
44: Ben Barba's kick on last tackle rockets out on the full. Change over for the Knights 10 metres short of half way
47: Ben Hunt rolls a kick to the corner, just doesn't sit up for the chasers. Gidley watches it roll over the sideline as his side will earn a scrum feed 10 metres off their own line.
50: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Willie Mason makes an unforced error.
Willie Mason is left scratching his head, he comes up with a mistake as he charged into a two man tackle. Scrum for the Broncos 10 metres short of half way
51: VIDEO REFEREE for the Broncos, Jack Reed as NO TRY. Possible held up over the try line.
51: NO TRY for Reed after several looks. Held up, back to the 10m line on last tackle.
53: Ben Hunt rushes a grubber kick through the defence on last tackle, it's too long and beats everyone over the sideline. Scrum for Newcastle 10 metres off their try line.
54: Penalty to the Knights, Kurt Gidley tackled without the ball. Kick from the Knights over the sideline gives Newcastle a full set 30 metres out
56: Lachlan Maranta breaks away from the chasers down the eastern side, it's followed up with a penalty as the defenders covered up too long. Broncos attack 10 metres out.
58: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Lachlan Maranta. Kick to come.
Dale Copley takes a pin-point short ball from Dale Copley who linked with Justin Hodges and he reached out for the line as he dived over in the corner. Brilliant shifting play from
60: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Ben Barba. Kick to come.
Ben Barba takes an insight pass from Daniel Vidot and strolls in for the Broncos. Reed started the play as he offloaded to create the broken play, Brisbane all over the Knights at this point.
62: Incredible hands from Daniel Vidot, he manages to save the low, short kick restart from the Knights. Broncos have possession middle of the field at the 20 metre line.
63: ZERO TACKLE for the Knights as the attempt at offload is lost. Newcastle with a full set possession just shy of half way
67: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.
Corey Parker slots the conversion attempt from right in front, he becomes the equal second highest points scorer for Brisbane, just behind Darren Lockyer now
69: Change over for the Broncos, they start their set 10 metres inside the Knights half.
70: Penalty to the Broncos, offside from marker is the call against Newcastle. Broncos take the tap and attack 10 metres out
71: VIDEO REFEREE for the Broncos, we have a TRY for Barba. Onside in question from a Ben Hunt kick through the line.
72: FORWARD PASS denies the Broncos another possible try. Scrum on halfway for Knights
77: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Corey Oates. Kick to come.
Corey Oates has split the defends and it's simple stuff. Brilliant hands from Justin Hodges to give the short ball away to his big unit on the outside.