Round 20 of the #NRL opened with an emphatic Brisbane Broncos win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bull...
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The first stages of the first half looked like the Knights were going to dominate the match creating several repeat sets and bending the Broncos defensive line yet they couldn't actually take advantage of the pressure that was created.
It wasn't until Matt Gillett took an intercept on his own line that the Broncos began creating their own pressure and several tackles later they were able to cross through Alex Glenn who took advantage of a Jack Reed tap back.
A mistake off the kick off put the pressure back on the Broncos but like earlier in the half the Knights wereunable to capitalise whether that was through side to side football or lack of communication with several times the Knights being caught on the last tackle.
The Broncos on the other hand when they got upfield they seemed to be finding points with ease, Matt Gillett crossed for the Broncos second try when he steamed through off a Ben Barba inside ball and went straight over Darius Boyd one-on-on to slam the ball down. Corey Parker converted the goal from next to the posts and the Broncos had a 10-0 lead.
Soon after the Broncos scored again off the back of some good attack but helped even more so by the Knights not playing to the whistle, they stood and watched Ben Barba race around to score think Daniel Vidot had gone into touch however Brett Suttor kept the flag down and subsequent Video Referee review showed Vidot kept his feet in the air so wasn't out. That took the score out to 16-0 before close to halftime Korbin Sims showed great strength to barge over and take the score back to 16-6.
The Knights had one more chance before the break but couldn't capitalise so the score remained 16-6 at the main break.
The opening stages of the second half could only be described as frantic, with both sides going from end to end and it was the Knights who were able to create great attacking pressure but again like the first half they struggled to put the points on the board.
The Knights continued to be their own worst enemy with every time they were able to create attacking pressure, they managed to blow it with a simple error to cough up possession.
It took the Broncos almost half an hour to score the first points of the second half when Dale Copley took advantage of firstly a great run from Ben Barba then a great offload to score the Broncos fourth try of the night.
The games don't get any easier for both sides next weekend with the Knights travelling to ANZ Stadium to take on the one point wonders the Canterbury Bulldogs whilst the Brisbane Broncos host the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp next Friday night.
LATE MAIL: Newcastle Knights - Jake Mamo replaces Akuila Uate (knee injury); Adam Cuthbertson replaces Kade Snowden (concussion) in the front row. Zane Tetevano returns to the starting line-up, with Willie Mason on the bench.
1: Ashley Klein calls time on and the Knights take the first possession of the game
3: PENALTY KNIGHTS: Josh McGuire penalised for knocking the ball out of the Knights players hands when trying to play the ball, Knights 10m out from Broncos line
5: Gagai goes through some weak defence and quick play the ball puts pressure on the Broncos but can't score
6: Knights create huge pressure but let it all go being trapped on the last tackle
8: Quick hands sees the Knights go close but Corey Parker says otherwise with a good legs tackle on the third
9: Well after all the pressure the Knights created is let off after Joseph Leilua puts the grubber a long way dead
11: PENALTY KNIGHTS: Knights get their fourth penalty of the match for a strip against Martin Kennedy
14: Knights go 80m in the set before Matt Gillett takes an intercept and goes 60m downfield
14: Time off with Josh Hoffmann down injured, didn't look anything illegal live
16: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Alex Glenn. Kick to come.
Despite all the pressure coming from the Knights, the Broncos cross first with Alex Glenn scoring comes off a tap back by Jack Reed off a bomb, referee Adam Gee has no issues and points to the spot
18: Well a great kick off from the Knights at the kickoff and poor work from the Broncos gives the Knights the ball 40m out
18: Chris Houston gets over the line but doesn't get the ball to the ground, held up on tackle 4
19: Knights either had a plan or just didn't realise it was the last and the Broncos get the ball back through a handover
21: PENALTY BRISBANE: Broncos get their first penalty of the game, Knights give up the pressure they had created - penalty count 4-1 Knights
23: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Matt Gillett. Kick to come.
Matt Gillett rivalling something you'll find at Royal Randwick tomorrow, steams through with great acceleration to score off a Ben Barba inside ball
25: Tyrone Roberts is down injured and looks like he's done a nasty ankle injury
26: Great signs for Tyrone Roberts who gets up and plays the ball
27: PENALTY KNIGHTS: Knights get their 5th penalty of the match, Corey Parker penalised for being offside
29: Broncos go high with the kick and is let to bounce by everyone before Darius Boyd cleans up on his own line
33: Some great play from the Broncos nearly goes astray but is cleaned up out wide, and then on the last Ben Hunt is tackled 10m out from the Knights line
34: PENALTY KNIGHTS: Broncos penalised for holding the Knights down - Penalty count 6-2 in favour of the Broncos
40: Half Time at Hunter Stadium - Broncos have a 16-6 lead over the Knights despite the home side having the majority of the pressure in the first half
40: Brisbane Broncos back out on the field at Hunter Stadium
40: They are followed by the Knights who inturn are followed by the match officials
40: Ashley Klein calls time on and the Broncos have the first possession of the second half
42: Jake Mamo makes great metres and creates great pressure on the Broncos but poor last tackle option costs the Knights again
42: Broncos making good metres in the set and Hodges is taken 17m out from the Knights line after starting it inside their own 10m
44: Speediness is the key word for the opening minutes of the first half, both sides making good metres in attack
45: Ben Hunt puts a shortside kick in and finds touch 20m out from the Knights line, slowing the game down a bit
50: Well out of nothing , the Knights are forced ingoal
51: PENALTY KNIGHTS: Broncos penalised for a high tackle and Knights find touch on halfway - Penalty count now 7-2
54: Broncos go to the air and they take the catch but quickly it ends back up with the Knights
56: Poor end to the set for the Broncos with Ben Hunt putting a kick dead, and the Knights get the 7 tackle set from the 20m
57: PENALTY KNIGHTS: Broncos penalised (yet again) this time for a taking a Knights player without the ball
59: Jake Mamo juggles the high kick but under no real pressure cleans it up easily
62: PENALTY BRONCOS: Jarrod Mullen penalised for being offside
64: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION BRISBANE BRONCOS
Conversion attempt by Corey Parker unsuccessful.
Corey Parker tries to hook the ball from right to left but hooks it too far and it goes across the face of the goals
66: Broncos take the opportunity to go down the blindslide and nearly comes off but called back for some accidental offside
72: Knights trying to pull something out of nothing put the ball over the sideline on the last tackle
76: Ben Hunt shows experience and takes control by putting the ball over the sideline about 2m out from the Knights line
78: Ben Barba who was in extreme pain, surprisingly plays the ball for the Knights
80: Full Time at Hunter Stadium and the Broncos have scored a 32-6 win over the Newcastle Knights