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Close to 29,000 league fans were greeted with some razzle dazzle football yet again with the Broncos showing the NZ Warriors that visitors can be beaten at Suncorp, winning 28-20 in hot, muggy conditions.
The Warriors came out with full guns blazing snaring 2 quick tries to Brent Webb, to lead by 10-0 after only 5 minutes.
Not letting the game slip away from them, the Broncos hit back with a two quick tries to Brad Meyers and Darren Lockyer, to hold the lead of 12-10 to the break.
The second half saw rain and more rain. Ball retention became a big issue , with the Broncos getting the better deal.
With the match looking set for a Broncos win after 3/4 of the game, a handy lead of 22-10, the Warriors with their usual spirited comeback soon had the score back to within 2 points at 22-20. A late try to Berrigan in the 75th min, sealed a deserved home victory for the Brisbane Broncos.
Leagueunlimited players of the match:
3 - Shaun Berrigan (Broncos) 2 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos) 1 - Gordon Tallis (Broncos)
Suncorp Stadium, Crowd: 29,000 Referee: Sean Hampstead Video Referee: Tim Mander
By the clock:
0 min: Kickoff!
2 min: TRY - Critical mistake by Hunt,Brent Webb pounces on the ball and scores a try. Tony Martin misses the conversion. Warriors 4-0
5 min: TRY - Brent Webb runs over 50 metres to score. Tony Martin converts. Warriors 10-0
9 min: TRY - Brad Meyers scores for the Broncos after a penalty right in front for marker infringement. Michael DeVere converts. Warriors 10-6
13 min: TRY - Darren Lockyer throws a beautiful pass to find Shaun Berrigan out wide to score.Michael DeVere converts. Broncos 12-6
20 min: NEWS - Both sides creating lots of opportunities making errors near the try line
32 min: NEWS - Broncos looking dangerous but making critical errors when trying to finish. A suspected fractured arm for Monty Beetham (Warriors). Broncos still lead 12-10
36 min: NEWS - Wairangi Koopu placed on report for a dangerous (over horizontal) tackle
40 min: Halftime has fallen upon us after 40 minutes of some dazzling football. A well needed brake for all players involved. Broncos have the lead at the break by 12-10
Second half kick off, there's is now heavy rain falling inside the stadium
43 min: NEWS - Wairangi Koopu picks up the ball from an off side position.Michael DeVere strikes the ball from 35 metres out. Broncos lead 14-10
48 min: TRY - Francis Meli drops the ball near his tryline. Tallis picks up the ball and offloads to Michael DeVere to score a try. DeVere converts.Broncos lead 20-10
55 min: NEWS - The Warriors can feel very unlucky after missing 2 good opportunities to score tries
62 min: The Broncos are gifted two points from right in front.Broncos extend their lead 22-10
63 min: TRY - The Warriors create a two on one situation after some excellent backline passing, Francis Meli scores in the corner. Tony Martin misses the conversion. Broncos lead 22-14
75 min : TRY - Shaun Berrigan exploits the Warriors lazy defence to score his double under the post.DeVere converts. Broncos lead 28-20
80 min : The final whistle is blown in what has been a entertaining match of League and a well deserved victory for the Broncos