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Broncos hand Tigers fifth straight loss
The West Tigers have crashed to their fifth straight loss after going down 18-14 to the Broncos in front of a 17,556 crowd at Allianz Stadium this evening.
An embarrassing, error riddled first half from the home team, enabled the Broncos to take control of the match early, with Jack Reed opening up the scoring in the 12th minute only moments after the Tigers looked certain to score on the other side of the field.
Reed's try came on the back of a one on strip from Josh Hoffman only meters out from the Broncos' try line. Hoffman made 70 meters before being chased down by the Tigers' defence, but the damage has already been done, with Peter Wallace setting up Reed for the try.
Reed crossed for his double only three minutes later after a mix up between Tim Moltzen and Beau Ryan saw a Wallace bomb go unchallenged.
A dropped with the line wide open on two separate occasions saw the score remain unchanged as the half progressed despite the visitors dominating every facet of the match.
The Broncos were made to pay for their missed opportunities a few minutes out from half time with Liam Fulton scoring for the Tigers on the back of a Blake Ayshord offload.
The visitors continued to dominate following the break as the Tigers struggled to complete their sets, but despite several quality attacking opportunities the visitors failed to come away with another four-pointer until the 72nd minute when Dale Copley scored of a Corey Norman kick following four consecutive sets at the try line.
The Tigers hit back in the 76th minute with Blake Ayshord crossing for a try. Benji Marshall added the extras to reduce the Broncos' lead to eight.
A consolation try to Tom Humble on full-time provided Tigers' fans with a reason to cheer and some confidence in their side's chances in the coming weeks.
As for the Broncos, they have now won five of their opening six matches and will be a difficult team to beat in 2012.
Wests Tigers 14 were defeated by Brisbane Broncos 18
National Rugby League - Round 6 - Friday April 6, 2012 7:45pm
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Referee: Ashley Klein and Steve Lyons
Video Referee: Sean Hampstead
Touch Judges: Ricky MacFarlane and Russell Turner
Halftime: Wests Tigers 4 Brisbane Broncos 10
WESTS TIGERS (14)
Tries: Liam Fulton, Blake Ayshford, Tom Humble
Conversions: Benji Marshall (1/3)
BRISBANE BRONCOS (18)
Tries: Dale Copley, Jack Reed (2)
Conversions: Corey Parker (1/1), Peter Wallace (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Corey Parker (1/1)
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If you love Twitter, you'll love @LeagueUnlimited! Today's official NRL match hashtag is #NRLwstbri Good evening NRL fans and welcome to Allianz Stadium where the West Tigers take on the Brisbane Broncos.
We have perfect conditions for the footy at Allianz at the moment where the Brisbane Broncos under 20s side has taken out the Toyota Cup match with 46-30 win over the West Tigers.
The home side have announced just one late change. Joel Reddy is out and will be replaced by Sean Meaney who will start on the bench, with Blake Ayshord moving into the centres.
1 min: We have kick off at Allianz.
2 min: Both teams get to the end of their first sets without any trouble.
5 min: The Broncos are penalised for being offside and the Tigers will get piggyback up the field.
6 min: Robbie Farrah knocks on and the Broncos are off the hook.
8 min: Blake Ayshord knocks on, on halfway and the Broncos will go right on the attack.
10 min: Peter Wallace goes to the air on the last from 15 out but Lote Tuqiri leaps above the pack to take it a few meters out from his try line.
12 min: Great inside pass from Benji Marshall on halfway to Tim Moltzen who is chased down only within meters of the tryline. Hoffman pull off a one on strip in the next set and streaks down the field before being chased down 30 out from the try line.
14 min: TRY
TRY! The Broncos spread it out to the left through Peter Wallace and Jack Reed scores the opening try of the match. The conversion by Peter Wallace is unsuccessful.
Brisbane Broncos 4-0
17 min: TRY
TRY! Wallace goes to the air 45 meters from the Tigers' line and Beau Ryan and Moltzen want nothing to do with it enabling Jack Reed to claim his double. Wallace adds the extras.
Brisbane Broncos 10-0
20 min: Justin Hodges breaks the line 10 short of halfway and makes it down to 20 meter line where he passes to Matt Gillet who knocks on with the line wide open.
23 min: The Tigers receive a relieving penalty.
24 min: Moltzen drops the ball 15 out after receiving an ordinary pass.
25 min: The Broncos are on the attack again after Moltzen allows another Wallace bomb to bounce.
26 min: Dale Copley loses the ball over the try line after the Broncos spread it out wide.
29 min: Moltzen finally successfully diffuses a Wallace bomb only to lose the ball in the tackle. The Broncos will get a scrum feet 10 out from the Tigers' line.
30 min: The Broncos get six again after a Tigers player is deemed to have played at the ball.
31 min: Wallace grubbers into the in goal but puts a little too much on it and it rolls dead.
32 min: The Tigers receive a penalty.
34 min: Possible try to the Tigers here.
36 min: TRY
TRY! Ayshord offloads with five Broncos' players on him the ball goes into Reed who tries to get a hold of it but it pops out of hands before Liam Fulton claims a try. Marshall's conversion attempt is unsuccessful.
Brisbane Broncos 10-4
38 min: Matt Groat is crunched in a tackle by Matthew Bell and it looks like he may have sustained a concussion. Bell's shoulder hit Groat square in the jaw. Penalty against Broncos.
39 min: Tom Humble's pass goes over the sideline and the Broncos' are off the hook.
40 min: Broncos receive six more tackles 40 out.
40 min: Reed grubbers the ball from ten out and Fulton is there to clean up the scraps and that's the half.
41 min: Benji Marshall kicks off to bring the second half under way.
42 min: Fulton knocks on 40 out from the Broncos' line.
45 min: Ayshord is trapped in his own in goal and the Broncos will get a line drop out.
47 min: The Broncos will get six again after Ryan is trapped in goal.
48 min: Wallace's kick rolls over the dead ball line and the Tigers are off the hook.
50 min: The Tigers receive a penalty and will go right on the attack.
50 min: The Broncos are off the hook after another mistake from the Tigers.
51 min: Wallace throws a forward pass which sails over the head of his winger Gerard Beale however the Tigers are penalised for a late tackle on Wallace.
52 min: PENALTY GOAL
The Broncos opt to go for the two and Corey Parker has no problem kicking the goal.
Brisbane Broncos 12-4
56 min: The Broncos are on the attack again after another Tigers' mistake 15 out from their own line.
63 min: The Tigers will receive a penalty 10 out from their own line, after Reed clashes with Ryan while contesting a Wallace kick.
67 min: The Broncos will get a line drop out after Moltzen is forced to bat a Wallace kick dead.
69 min: The Broncos will get another line drop out after Marshall is forced to ground the ball in his own in goal.
70 min: Another line drop out after Moltzen bats a Hodges kick dead.
71 min: The Broncos might have a try here.
74 min: TRY
TRY! Corey Norman goes to the air on the last and Copley is takes the ball and scores. Parker adds the extras.
Brisbane Broncos 18-4
76 min: The Tigers are on the attack after a mistake from the Broncos.
77 min: TRY
TRY! Fulton and Farrah combine to create a try for Blake Ayshord. Marshall conversion attempt is successful.
Brisbane Broncos 18-10
80 min: The Tigers will get a scrum on halfway.
80 min: TRY
TRY! Tom Humble scores on the full-time hooter courtesy of nice pass from Benji Marshall. Marshall misses the conversion.
Brisbane Broncos 18-14