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Suncorp Stadium played host to the South Queensland local darby in torrential rain which saw the Brisbane Broncos claim a 26-6 victory over little brothers Gold Coast.
The first half was dominated by the Broncos with the help of poor conditions, Gold Coast mistakes and some poor Gold Coast defence. Brisbane played the conditions beautifully and stampeded their little brothers.
The first Titans error came in the third minute and Brisbane helped themselves to great field position which in time they turned into points. Alex Glenn put on tries number one and two in quick succession in the 11th and 14th minute.
Some errors later, McCullough was in with a smart dummy half movement in the 24th minute to highlight the frailty of the Gold Coast defence. Brisbane appeared to be in again through Copley in the 27th minute but it was called back for a forward pass.
The no try sparked some life into the Titans who began to complete sets and appeared to believe they could get some traffic going in the other direction. The effort failed to yield points. Brisbane, however, weren't done with point scoring for the half with a Beale try going in in the 37th minute to give Brisbane a 20-nil half time lead.
Brisbane Broncos 26 defeated Gold Coast Titans 6
National Rugby League - Round 8 - Friday April 27, 2012 7:30pm
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Adam Devcich
Video Referee: Pat Reynolds
Touch Judges: Jason Walsh and Michael Wise
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 20 Gold Coast Titans 0
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The junior Titans took out the Toyota Cup curtain raiser with a 23 points to 8 victory over the baby Broncos.
TEAM NEWS: None to report, both the Broncos and Titans are 1 to 17 as per program.
1 min: Corey Parker kicks the game into play and the Titans have first use of the football.
3 min: The first error of the night come from the Titans 30 out from their own line and here's an early opportunity for the Broncos.
4 min: The Titans compound their error by conceding a PENALTY that has Brisbane commencing a new set of six ten out.
5 min: Excellent defence from the Titans keeps Brisbane out and Scott Prince collects a very handy intercept.
5 min: The Titans don't make it very far with the ball before conceding another error, this on the forty metre line.
6 min: Kevvie Gordon marks a Peter Wallace chip kick in goal to get the Titans out of their own danger zone for the first time since their opening set.
7 min: Brisbane are PENALISED on half way for being inside the ten and here is an opportunity for them.
9 min: The Titans determined to make something of their opportunities earn a repeat set by forcing a line drop out.
10 min: The Broncos regain possession and hit up hard from the first tap, making big metres with each run.
11 min: VIDEO REFEREE for a possible Brisbane TRY.
12 min: TRY
TRY to the Broncos!
Peter Wallace puts up a bomb which isn't cleanly marked, Alex Glenn picks it up, dummies one way, and easily finds the try line running the other. Conversion attempt from Corey Parker successful.
Brisbane Broncos 6-0
13 min: Brisbane cough up possession post try, but Gold Coast return the favour and go right into the attack.
17 min: TRY
TRY to the Broncos!
Alex Glenn is in again! Hits and spins and is over again, the defence helped Brisbane into point scoring position and Glenn finished it off beautifully. Parker's conversion attempt hits the upright and bounces back in field.
Brisbane Broncos 10-0
18 min: Titans spill again to present Brisbane yet another scoring opportunity.
20 min: A spiralling bomb from Wallace undoes his own player who knocks it on in the attempt at mark.
20 min: And Gold Coast turn the ball over 30 out from their own line with a loose carry.
21 min: More pressure mounting on the Titans as Brisbane earn themselves a repeat set by forcing a line droop out.
24 min: TRY
TRY to the Broncos
McCullough goes in far too easily, from dummy half, dummies and goes straight in to score. Conversion attempt goes sailing through the uprights.
Brisbane Broncos 16-0
25 min: It is bucketing down in Brisbane and Gold Coast's completion rate is a testament to the conditions, Brisbane's, however, is a testament to the fact that they can be overcome.
27 min: Copley appeared to have scored a try, but fortunately for the Titans, it was called back for a forward pass.
30 min: A passage of completions, shows the Titans see a way back into this match.
31 min: PENALTY to Brisbane for a ruck infringement and this should see them mount the pressure straight back onto the Titans.
33 min: Gillett charges down a Greg Bird boot and races to it it in vacant space, but it beats him over the sideline, scrum Gold Coast.
34 min: A coach killing pass from the Titans sees them to turn over possession.
36 min: Beale makes a massive line break, to join the Titans in giving the Broncos good field position and point scoring opportunities.
37 min: Nate Myles is down and being attended to by trainers, including Brisbane's Alan Langer.
37 min: His head collided with the thigh of Hodges, but he is up now.
38 min: TRY
TRY to the Broncos
Brisbane get the ball out wide and Beale is in far too easily. Well executed set play and very poor defence get Beale over in the corner. Conversion attempt from Parker unsuccessful.
Brisbane Broncos 20-0
40 min: Messy final play before the referee blows time off to take us to the interval with Brisbane ahead 20 points to none.
41 min: Second half under way.
41 min: An error from Brisbane in the opening set gives the Titans a shot at first points early in the second forty.
44 min: PENALTY to the Titans to give them another early opportunity after Brisbane defended well to keep them out in their previous set.
45 min: Idris is PENALISED for something and the Titans deny themselves points.
45 min: Gold Coast have had by far the better of the field position early in this half, but who posts first points this side of the interval will be most telling.
46 min: Brisbane earn a repeat set at the Gold Coast line, forcing a goal line drop out.
50 min: Beautiful 60 metre line break from Mead puts the Gold Coast in a great position to score.
53 min: TRY
TRY to the Titans!
The Titans are in! The Titans throwing the ball around and create a fantastic try for Dominique Peyroux who gets over Hoffman to score. Conversion attempt from SCott Prince successful.
Brisbane Broncos 20-6
57 min: The rain is very heavy, but there is some great football being played here in the thick of it, with both sides now firing.
61 min: PENALTY to the Broncos against Bodene Thompson for a high tackle and Thompson is put on report. First piece of ill-discipline in a while.
62 min: Brisbane knock in in the Gold Coast in goal and earn a 20 metre tap.
65 min: Idris tackled into touch!
67 min: Titans play at a ball which goes straight back into Brisbane possession to give them six again.
68 min: Two PENALTIES in a row to Brisbane within ten of the Gold Coast line.
69 min: Fantastic defence from the Gold Coast and they somehow have possession without having conceded points.
72 min: TRY
TRY to the Broncos
Superb lead up work from Corey Norman and Josh Hoffman has been awarded a try between the posts. Conversion successful.
Brisbane Broncos 26-6
73 min: Brisbane error.
74 min: VIDEO REFEREE for a possible Gold Coast TRY.
74 min: NO TRY!
76 min: Scott Prince is nursing an injury on the sideline, and the Titans are showing that they can play despite the conditions, pity this is coming so late.
77 min: HUGE hit from Alex Glenn and the ball jolts free from Zillman's possession.
79 min: Looked like we had a Hodges try, but it is called back for a forward pass.
80 min: Two PENALTIES to the Titans in the closing 30 seconds and they opted for the tap both times.
80 min: The hooter sounds and Brisbane have a 26-6 victory over the Titans.