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The Brisbane Broncos have made easy work of the Cowboys running out 38-12 winners at ANZ Stadium this afternoon.
Shaun Berrigan was rewarded with some clever work bagging a hat trick of tries while Casey McGuire scored a double.
The Cowboys handed over far too much ball to ever be in the contest. Matt Bowen showed some resistence scoring one try and having a hand in another.
Shane Webcke was a standout for the Broncos as was Gorden Tallis who led his team well in the hot conditions.
League Unlimited player of the year points: 3 - S Webcke (Broncos) 2 - S Berrigan (Broncos) 1 - G Tallis (Broncos)
Scorers: BRONCOS 38 Tries: Berrigan 3, McGuire 2, Tallis, Minto Goals: De Vere 3/4, Swain 2/4 defeated COWBOYS 12 Tries: Bowen, Myles Goals: Hannay 2/2
Sunday 11 May 2003 ANZ Stadium Referee: Matt Cecchin
By the clock: Plenty of warm sunshine in Brisbane... a great day for footy. Kick off!
4 min: TRY - Broncos. Shaun Berrigan slides through some ordinary defence to score next to the uprights. Conversion Michael De Vere. Broncos 6-0
NEWS - From the restart, Ben Ikin kicks a 40/20 and the Broncos are right back on the attack.
8 min: PENALTY GOAL - Broncos. Cowboys give away a cheap penalty in front and De Vere extends the lead. Broncos 8-0
12 min: TRY - Cowboys. Matt Bowen dives on a loose ball in the in-goal following a Chris Shepherd grubber. Broncos slow to respond. Good reply from the Cowboys. Conversion 15m in from touch from Josh Hannay is successful. Hannay has now kicked 22 goals in a row. Broncos 8-6
18 min: TRY - Broncos. Berrigan gets a double scoring next to the posts. Follows repeat sets of six and the failure of the Cowboys to put the man on the deck. Broncos off-loading at will and look the goods to go on with it. Conversion De Vere. Broncos 14-6
20 min: TRY - Broncos. Gorden Tallis scores in the next set 15m in from touch. Comes on the back of break down the flank from Scott Minto. Conversion De Vere unsuccessful. Broncos 18-6
HALF TIME: After threatening a scoreline blow out, both sides slowed down in the latter part of the first half as the heat started to take its toll. If the Broncos decide to go up another gear, the Cowboys will be in all sorts of strife.
41 min: TRY - Broncos. Berrigan gets a hat trick after the Broncos carve them up the middle. Tallis throwing the last pass. Conversion Richard Swain right in front as De Vere is still off the field following a nasty head gash just before half time. Broncos 24-6
NEWS - Michael De Vere receiving a dozen stitches in the scone and should be fit to return if needed.
49 min: TRY - Broncos. Casey McGuire scores 8m in from touch after Tallis runs onto a pass from 40m out. Broncos making easy yards up the middle and the Cowboys making too many errors. Conversion Swain unsuccessful. Broncos 28-6
62 min: TRY - Cowboys. David Myles scores next to the sticks following some great lead up work from Matt Bowen who chipped ahead and was on hand again to back up. Conversion Hannay. Broncos 28-12
65 min: TRY - Broncos. Brisbane strike back immediately with a try to McGuire who gets a double. Straight up the middle again and straight after a Cowboys error. Conversion right in front from Swain. Broncos 34-12
77 min: TRY - Broncos. Minto scores his debut try in the NRL after the Broncos work the short side. Sideline conversion attempt from Swain is unsuccessful. Broncos 38-12
FULL TIME - The result never really in doubt.