Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
22 hours ago
The Brisbane Broncos have defeated South Sydney 8-4 at Suncorp Stadium this evening.
In a tightly contest match, there was no scoring in the first half but both sides had their chances, failing to capitalize when the opportunities arose and for Souths, their last play options were simply disgraceful.
Darren Lockyer opened the scoring with a penalty goal in the 46th minute and that slight edge gave the Broncos the life they needed with the Broncos finishing far stronger than Souths.
Darius Boyd scored the only Broncos try and Darren Lockyer converted the try from the sideline and the result looked in the bag. Souths came back and scored in the 79th minute through Shannon Hegarty and Souths then had the opportunity to win the game with John Sutton knocking on over the line and giving Brisbane their first win at Suncorp Stadium this year.
Brisbane still have plenty of work to do as do Souths, especially their last tackle options, many of which were appalling.
Round 8 - Full Time :: May 4th, 2007 07:30 PM Venue: Suncorp Stadium Referee: Paul Simpkins
4 min: Brisbane almost score with Justin Hodges batting the ball back from the dead ball line but the ball goes out and Souths are off the hook.
8 min: Lockyer misses a relatively easy penalty goal and the scores remain nil all.
12 min: Even start from boths sides with Brisbane holding a slight advantage at the moment.
14 min: The Rabbioths knock on while attacking the Broncos line.
15 min: Joe Williams knocks on cold and the Broncos are right on the attack now.
17 min: Still no score with both sides blowing scoring chances. Looks like it will be a low scoring match if the game continues to unfold in a similar fashion.
23 min: Souths knock on ten metres out from their own line on the first tackle but Brisbane run the ball into touch through Justin Hodges and wasn't he upset with that play!!!!!
24 min: Souths kikc ahead and with no one home, the ball rolls dead and Brisbane are off the hook.
27 min: Souths knock on again and neither team is looking particularly impressive at the moment.
28 min: Joe Williams kicks a great 40/20 and Souths are on the attack ten metres out from the Broncos line.
29 min: Brisbane are trapped in goal and Souths are starting to apply the pressure to a tiring Broncos forward pack.
30 min: Brisbane are caught in goal again and the Broncos are looking very tired right now.
34 min: Brisbane are looking very tired coming up to half time with a flurry of interchanges in the past five minutes.
40 min: Leading up to half time, neither side looks like scoring with the Broncos looking devoid of attacking flair at the moment with some poor last tackle options.
41 min: We are underway in the second half.
45 min: Still no score and the Broncos are on the attack and receive a penalty right in front of Souths posts. Looks like first points are on the way.
46 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane Broncos Brisbane take the lead through a penalty goal to Lockyer. Brisbane Broncos 2-0
53 min: Souths have opened up the game with some good breaks and they are on the attack again. Can they take the lead?
61 min: Souths are moving the ball upfield with ease but their last tackle options are terrible and are putting no pressure on the Broncos.
61 min: Possible try to the Broncos. Looks like a knock on at first glance.
66 min: Souths still aren't putting any pressure on the Broncos at the end of every set of six. Still, a very tight match that could go either way.
67 min: Souths bomb another last tackle play and simply have no idea what to do on the last play.
70 min: Brisbane have suddenly come to life with a 40/20 from Michael Ennis and they are finishing the game much stronger than Souths.
78 min: Possible try to the Broncos...
78 min: No try!
79 min: Possible try to Souths...
79 min: TRY South Sydney Rabbitohs Souths have scored in the dying minutes of the game and will have just over a minute to score again to either win the match or take it extra time. Conversion attempt by Nathan Merritt unsuccessful. Brisbane Broncos 8-4
80 min: Possible try to Souths...
80 min: No try as John Sutton fails to ground the ball over the line. Great finish to a tight game. LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Greg Eastwood 2 Points: Roy Asotasi 1 Point: Darren Lockyer