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The Brisbane Broncos have continued their quick rise up the ladder with a brilliant 50-22 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium.
Both sides were without stars with the representative season kicking into full force, but it didn't seem to matter to Brisbane who took a 28-10 lead at the break before running off again in the second half. The tryscoring was lead by second rower Ben Te'o, who managed to grab his first career hat-trick. Jharal Yow Yeh, Matt Gillett and Josh Hoffman also chimed in with two tries each.
The South Sydney defence looked exhausted after the twentieth minute and things didn't improve. The signing of Craig Stapleton wasn't able to assist the club.
Brisbane Broncos 50 defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 22
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 14 - Sunday June 13, 2010 3:00pm
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Brett Suttor
Video Referee: Steve Clark
Touch Judges: Gavin Morris and Russell Turner
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 28 South Sydney Rabbitohs 10
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Josh Hoffman (2 Tries)
2 Points - Shane Tronc
1 Point - Ben Te'o (3 Tries)
Brisbane Broncos (50)
Tries: Matt Gillett (2), Josh Hoffman (2), Jharal Yow Yeh (2), Ben Te'o (3)
Conversions: Corey Parker (7/9)
South Sydney Rabbitohs (22)
Tries: Nathan Merritt (2), Colin Best, Ben Lowe
Conversions: Chris Sandow (3/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to Suncorp Stadium, the Broncos will be facing the Rabbitohs - both sides missing several players for the encounter. Both sides have been in great recent form, finding their way up the ladder quickly. We'll have the last minute in's and out's very soon.
In Toyota Cup news, the Rabbitohs came from 18-12 down at half-time to record a 36-28 victory over the Broncos, continuing their recent run of good form.
The Broncos bring in Josh McGuire for this game, with Scott Anderson dropped. The side will also be missing Origin stars Darren Lockyer, Israel Folau and Sam Thaiday. Meanwhile, Beau Falloon and Craig Stapleton come in for the Rabbitohs with Issac Luke and Eddy Pettybourne going out. Dave Tyrrell will start in place of Pettybourne with Stapleton coming onto the bench. The side also miss Sam Burgess and Dave Taylor due to representative football.
4 min: Clean start from both sides. South Sydney gain a penalty, giving them some nice field position.
8 min: TRY
Nice piece of attacking, with Chris Sandow and Rhys Wesser assisting with some great running. Is there any surprise that Nathan Merritt scores the first try of the match?
South Sydney Rabbitohs 4-0
10 min: Fetuli Talanoa able to kick ahead and go close, but Josh Hoffman reads it beautifully to stop the play. A penalty assists Brisbane.
12 min: TRY
Now Peter Wallace is able to get a pass away to a rampaging Shane Tronc, who sets it up for Josh Hoffman to score.
Brisbane Broncos 6-4
15 min: Another big run from Shane Tronc here.
15 min: TRY
The Broncos are in again, a bomb from Peter Wallace finds Jharal Yow Yeh who gets their second try in minutes.
Brisbane Broncos 10-4
17 min: Another major attacking raid from Brisbane through Yow Yeh, but a penalty goes to South Sydney for a pass after being tackled over touch.
19 min: TRY
The in-form Ben Te'o gets Brisbane's third try, the purple patch continues here at Suncorp.
Brisbane Broncos 16-4
22 min: The lack of forwards putting it's toll on the Rabbitohs at the moment.
25 min: TRY
Good move from South Sydney to get the ball wide to Colin Best, good try.
Brisbane Broncos 16-10
33 min: TRY
Josh Hoffman in for his second, continuing a blinder of a first half, fending through Chris Sandow quite easily.
Brisbane Broncos 22-10
36 min: Fetuli Talanoa forced into touch after a good run.
37 min: John Sutton with a dangerous error, Brisbane on the attack.
38 min: TRY
Brisbane make the most of it, going into half-time with a massive lead.
Brisbane Broncos 28-10
40 min: Looks like the Souths winning streak may be coming to an end here today, down 28-10 at the break.
40 min: Second half underway.
43 min: TRY
Is that the first hat-trick scored by Ben Te'o? Could be after he scores from a Corey Norman kick.
Brisbane Broncos 34-10
43 min: Confirming that is his first hat-trick.
54 min: South Sydney looking better in patches, the scoreline still showing they need to get a move on.
55 min: TRY
Well, the game looks to have gone beyond South Sydney now, with young gun Matt Gillett scoring Brisbane's seventh try of the afternoon. A big dummy from Corey Parker setting up this one.
Brisbane Broncos 40-10
58 min: Another South Sydney error gives Brisbane yet another crack. Can they hit 50?
60 min: TRY
A different Ben scores for once, with Ben Lowe going over thanks to a Chris Sandow short ball.
Brisbane Broncos 40-16
64 min: Brisbane with a scrum 10 metres out.
65 min: Alex Glenn close to scoring there. Good defence.
72 min: TRY
Nathan Merritt grabs a late second to close the gap a bit.
Brisbane Broncos 40-22
75 min: TRY
Matt Gillett joins the two-try-club, gathering a loose ball to send the Broncos ahead by more.
Brisbane Broncos 44-22
77 min: Colin Best bombing a try with a forward pass.
79 min: TRY
Right before Origin, Jharal Yow Yeh (who also gets his second) breaks, chips, regathers and scores. Brilliant try. 50 here by Brisbane without a handful of stars.
Brisbane Broncos 50-22
80 min: That's all she wrote, Brisbane 50 defeat South Sydney 22.