ICYMI, on Thursday the @NRL - National Rugby League released the 2018 #NRLDraw.
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The Wests Tigers dominated the early possession but failed to post until late a match that never really got out of second gear. Tim Sheens has a squad devoid of a decent playmaker and it showed today. Whenever the Tigers made ground into the Broncos red zone, any semblance of structured play went out the window with one out plays and ineffective kicks the order of the day.
The Broncos face a fresh Cowboys outfit at ANZ Stadium next weekend while the Tigers welcome the bye.
League Unlimited?s Player of the Year Awards: 3 ? D Lockyer (Broncos) 2 ? B Tate (Broncos) 1 ? S Kelly (Broncos)
Scorers: TIGERS Tries: Covell Goals: Covell 1/1 BRONCOS Tries: Carlaw, Berrigan, Tate, Kelly, Lockyer x 2, Carroll Goals: De vere 5/7
By the clock: 8th min: TRY - Broncos. Carlaw crosses for the Broncos first try off a dubious pass from Shaun Berrigan. It was Brisbane's first raid on the Tigers line and they came up trumps. Conversion successful. Broncos 6-0.
13th min: TRY - Broncos. As the rains comes down, the Broncos turn the screws with Berrigan racing off to score about ten metres left of the uprights. Conversion successful. Broncos 12-0.
26th min: TRY - Broncos. All one way traffic at the moment. Darren Lockyer puts Brent Tate through the gap to score out wide on the right hand side. Conversion unsuccessful. Broncos 16-0.
34th min: TRY - Broncos. Stuart Kelly was denied only moments earlier but scores his thrid try for the year as the Broncos move into cruise control. Conversion successful. Broncos 22-0.
HALF TIME: Brisbane are doing it easy as the Tigers fail to ignite any tyoe of attacking raids on the Broncos line. Brisbane have had limited opportunities but they have scored four out of five time they have been in the Tigers 20 metre zone.
52nd min: TRY - Broncos. Darren Lockyer scores his 79th try if his career. Brent Tate made a break down the righr hand side and the Tigers simply oculd not match his speed with Lockyer looking on the inside, another six pointer was a formality. Conversion successful. Broncos 28-0.
56th min: TRY - Broncos. It's getting embarrassing for the Tigers as Tonie Carroll steams through the gap and was unstoppable and get his fourth try of the year. Conversion unsuccessful. Broncos 32-0.
69th min: TRY - Tigers. Hooray. The Tigers finally get on the board through Luke Covell. He caught a bomb AFL style to get the Tigers on the scoreboard. In teeming rain, he converst his own try from the touchline. Broncos 32-6.
75th min: TRY - Broncos. Darren Lockyer gets a double as the carnage continues. Stop the fight, throw in the towel, it's a bloodbath. Conversion successful. Broncos 38-6.
FULL TIME: The Brisbane Broncos win their sixth game of the season without getting out of second gear and move into equal second spot with the Roosters. The Tigers season continues to go from bad to worse and they will soon be out of finals contention with a view to rebuiding for next year.