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The Brisbane Broncos have claimed a stunning 30-26 win over the Parramatta Eels in a pulsating game at Suncorp Stadium tonight. The Eels had a slender 12-10 lead at half time and the match looked to be headed for extra time before Broncos winger Denan Kemp scored his fourth try after time had expired.
In the 22nd minute Justin Hodges found himself lucky to still be on the field after dumping Mark Riddell on his head after he had passed the ball - no doubt he will be missing Origin II and quite possibly Origin III. The Eels picked up another penalty and pushed ahead 12-4.
Ten minutes later Hodges pulled the Broncos closer, scoring a powerful try. On the next set the Brisbane club picked up a penalty and it was 12-10, which was the score at half time.
The Eels shot back out to an eight point lead after half time ,with a Fui Fui Moi Moi break eventually setting up Luke Burt to score under the posts. The Broncos stuck back quickly and Kemp claimed his second try to reduce the margin to two points. An Ennis penalty goal levelled the match at 18-18.
The Broncos finally hit the lead on the hour mark, with Kemp scoring his third off a Hunt cut-out pass. On the next set the Broncos took their lead out to eight points with David Stagg finishing a great team try.
Krisnan Inu scored two tries in three minutes of each other to level the game at 26-26 with five minutes to go, but the most of the drama was yet to come.
The Broncos nearly won the game after Lockyer was pressured attempting a field goal, but the last pass was ruled forward on a potential try. Following a missed Brett Finch field goal attempt, the Lockyer got the ball on halfway with time expiring - he kicked ahead for Kemp who regained the ball and outran the cover before scoring in the arms of Parramatta defenders, and the Broncos had scored a remarkable 30-26 win.
Match Details Brisbane Broncos 30 def Parramatta Eels 26 Round 12 - May 30th, 2008 7:45pm Venue: Suncorp Stadium Referee: Jason Robinson Half time: Eels 12-10 Crowd: 25,564
Brisbane Broncos (30)
Tries: Denan Kemp (4), Justin Hodges, David Stagg
Goals: Michael Ennis (3/6), Corey Parker (0/2)
Parramatta Eels (26)
Tries: Feleti Mateo, Joel Reddy, Luke Burt, Krisnan Inu (2)
Field Goals: Brett Finch (0/1)
Goals: Luke Burt (3/6)
LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match
3 Points: Darren Lockyer (Broncos) 2 Points: Denan Kemp (Broncos) 1 Point: Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Good evening from Suncorp Stadium! Tonight the Broncos will be hosting the Eels.
The big news tonight is that Darren Lockyer will be playing tonight in the #19 jersey. Inu is back for the Eels.
Both teams taking to the field now.
1 min: Underway at Suncorp!
3 min: Parramatta make an early break, Hauraki is hauled down but Brisbane concede a penalty.
4 min: Eels earn a drop out.
8 min: Lockyer fails to find touch from a penalty.
9 min: TRY Parramatta Eels The Broncos pay the price for Lockyer failing to find touch, Reddy goes over the right corner. Have we got an upset on the cards tonight? Conversion attempt by Luke Burt unsuccessful. Parramatta Eels 10-0
12 min: The Eels are pulled up for a forward pass, but they're looking very dangerous.
15 min: The Broncos pick up a line drop out.
19 min: Bit of a stink here - the referee blows a penalty and Jarrod Hayne dumps Tonie Carroll, and as a result Hayne ends up on report.
20 min: Parramatta hold out on defence and then get a penalty.
22 min: Grothe throws the ball over the sideline, and we have a touch judge on.
22 min: Hodges put on report for dumping Riddell on his head.
24 min: Broncos on attack after an Eels error, for Carroll to throw an intercept.
27 min: Eels pulled up for another forward pass, which looked flat at worst. Eels looking very dangerous when they move the ball to the left side.
28 min: A Broncos attacking kick hits the posts and the Broncos aren't able to come up with anything from the rebound.
31 min: Broncos back on attack off a penalty.
32 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...
32 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos The ball goes wide to Hodges who is briefly taken down in a tackle, but he breaks it and scores in the right corner. Conversion attempt by Michael Ennis unsuccessful. Parramatta Eels 12-8
39 min: Eels get a line drop out, and will likely finish the half on attack.
40 min: Hindmarsh goes awfully close to scoring, but Hindmarsh can't haul in the pass and the Broncos survive.
40 min: Back underway at Suncorp
44 min: TRY Parramatta Eels Incredible. Finch juggles a pass, Fui Fui makes a break off it and the Eels keep the ball alive for 80 metres for Luke Burt to score under the posts. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt successful. Parramatta Eels 18-10
45 min: Brendan Oake on report for using a forearm on a tackler in the lead up to the last try.
49 min: The Eels are forced to kick from inside their 20, Hunt is nailed by Inu on the kick return.
54 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane Broncos The Eels are penalised again, and Ennis levels the game up. 18 all
57 min: The Eels get a penalty coming out of their own end. 10-7 the penalty count in favour of the Broncos, and the referee isn't to blame.
61 min: We've seen four handling errors in the last 90 seconds, as Lockyer returns to the field.
62 min: Lockyer earns a line drop out from 30 metres out.
66 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos Game over - the Broncos with a superb try. They keep the ball alive down the right side and Stagg scores in the corner. Conversion attempt by Corey Parker unsuccessful. Brisbane Broncos 26-18
72 min: Parramatta on attack off a penalty.
75 min: TRY Parramatta Eels The Eels are in again, Mateo chips ahead, gets the bounce and finds Inu who scores right in the corner. Conversion attempt by Luke Burt unsuccessful. 26 all
78 min: The Broncos are denied a miracle. Lockyer pressured on the last and the last pass before a certain try is called forward.
79 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Parramatta Eels Finch misses a field goal by quite a margin. 26 all
80 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...
80 min: TRY Brisbane Broncos The ball goes to Lockyer as time expires, he kicks ahead for Kemp who collects the ball and races to the corner to score his fourth try and win the game! Conversion attempt by Corey Parker unsuccessful. Brisbane Broncos 30-26
FULL TIME: The Broncos win an amazing game 30-26, Denan Kemp with an impressive haul of four tries.