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Brisbane have produced a solid display in dispatching with the Gold Coast Titans 32-12 in a tough contest in front of 22,749 fans at Skilled Park this evening.
Titans were without young half Aiden Sezer after he was ruled out prior to the game but Albert Kelly stepped up early to provide guidance.
He was the spark for the opening points as he spied a gap between the defenders, sliced through and chipped for himself to get the ball down. Greg Bird took conversion duty and put the ball through for an early 6-0 lead.
Broncos would get themselves back in the contest after some Titans errors allowing them field possession. Some quick hands found Hoffman in space who offloaded to Wallace to walk in the leveler.
Kelly once again stood up for his team when points were needed. He forced two dropouts before Greg Bird went close and Beau Falloon scooted over for the score.
Following their first penalty of the half, Brisbane again went through the quick hands to Josh Hoffman who scored a try himself after providing one for Wallace. Prince swung the conversion too much and sent a tense derby to halftime 12-10 to the home side.
The game opened up in the second stanza with Brisbane dominating the field position. They converted this into points in the 47th minute when Matt Gillett strolled over, giving the Broncos the lead.
Two tries in five minutes in the final ten put the contest to bed as Justin Hodges was the beneficiary from the second man play. Andrew McCullough struggled his way over to make the scoreline 26-12 and give Brisbane their second win for 2013.
McCullough would help to put the cherry on top when he gave Nick Slyney the easy pass to dive over for a try beneficial for the traveling supporters.
Gold Coast will be sweating on the fitness of halfback Albert Kelly who went off following the McCullough try with a suspected ankle injury.
Gold Coast Titans 12 Brisbane Broncos 32
Venue: Skilled Park
Halftime Score: Titans 12-10
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Matt Gillett
2 points - Justin Hodges
1 point - Albert Kelly
GOLD COAST TITANS (12)
Tries: Albert Kelly, Beau Falloon
Conversions: Greg Bird (2/2)
BRISBANE BRONCOS (32)
Tries: Peter Wallace, Josh Hoffman, Matt Gillett, Justin Hodges, Andrew McCullough, Nick Slyney
Conversions: Scott Prince (4/6)
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